Stefan Pedatella

Professor Pedatella is a full-time faculty member of the Humanities Department at Manhattan School of Music. His research interests lie primarily in the literature of the Romantic era (particularly in Italian and Anglophone traditions) and in Cinema Studies. He is currently working on two book projects: one on Giacomo Leopardi and Animal Philosophy, and another on Mafia in the work of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and David Chase (creator of The Sopranos).

His awards include Fulbright and Jacob K. Javits fellowships. Publications include the article "Images of Animal Predation in Giacomo Leopardi's Dialogo della Natura e di un Islandese" (Italian Culture, Vol. 27, No. 1, March 2009, 24–41) and translations, from the Italian, of two books by Giorgio Agamben: What Is an Apparatus? and Other Essays (Stanford University Press, 2009) and Nudities (Stanford University Press, 2010). Other recent publications include articles on Giuseppe Gioachino Belli and Carlo Porta for The Literary Encyclopedia (

At MSM, Professor Pedatella teaches the following courses:
Humanities 01–04
New York Stories
Elementary Italian

Ph.D. (with distinction), Columbia University
M.Phil. (with distinction), Columbia University
B.A. (with Special and General Honors), University of Chicago