Stanislao G. Pugliese is professor of modern European history and the Queensboro Unico Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University.
Dr. Pugliese is a former research fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Oxford University, Harvard University and the inaugural Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation fellow at the Istituto Campano per la Storia della Resistenza in Naples. For the 2014-15 academic year, he will be a visiting scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, at NYU. In 2005, the Association of Italian American Educators named him College Professor of the Year.
A specialist on modern Italy, the anti-fascist Resistance and Italian Jews, Dr. Pugliese is the author, editor or translator of a dozen books on Italian and Italian American history. His first book, Carlo Rosselli: Socialist Heretic and Antifascist Exile (Harvard University Press, 1999) has been translated into Italian, Russian and Romanian. His essays on Italian and Italian-American history and culture regularly appear in academic and popular journals, and he is the editor of the Italian and Italian American Studies series published by Palgrave Macmillan. Since 1996, Professor Pugliese has directed the Italian American Lecture Series at Hofstra University. He has organized several international conferences and has edited numerous volumes of conference proceedings including The Most Ancient of Minorities: The Jews of Italy; The Political Legacy of Margaret Thatcher; Frank Sinatra: History, Identity and Italian-American Culture; as well as The Legacy of Primo Levi and Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi’s Science and Humanism After the Fall. Other books are Desperate Inscriptions: Graffiti From the Nazi Prison in Rome, 1943-1944 and an anthology, Fascism, Anti-Fascism and the Resistance in Italy. He edited a new English edition of Carlo Levi’s Fear of Freedom and the first English translation of Claudio Pavone’s landmark work A Civil War: A History of the Italian Resistance. With William Connell and under the auspices of Unico national, he is co-editing the forthcoming Routledge History of Italian Americans, a monumental work of scholarship at 600 pages and with over 50 contributors.
Professor Pugliese began teaching full time at Hofstra in 1994. His essay, “The Books of the Roman Ghetto Under the Nazi Occupation” was presented as the 17th Annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 1999, was awarded the Peter E. Herman Literary Award at Hofstra University, and has been translated into Italian. In 2009 he was named a Fellow of the Hofstra Cultural Center and in 2013 named Editorial Director of the Cultural Center.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Pugliese is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and his reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The American Historical Review among many other publications. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio as well as Voice of America.
In 2009, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published his book, Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone which won the Fraenkel Prize in London, the Premio Flaiano in Italy and the Howard Marraro Prize from the American Historical Association. Bitter Spring was also nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award in the biography category. His Op-Ed essay, “Earthquake at the Door,” appeared in the New York Times on April 6, 2009.
With his mentor Dr. Pellegrino D’Acierno he assisted with two conferences: “For a Dangerous Pedagogy: A Manifesto for Italian and Italian American Studies” and “Delirious Naples.” In April 2014, with Dr. Brenda Elsey, he co-directed the international conference “Soccer as the Beautiful Game” at Hofstra University in which soccer legend Pelé was awarded an honorary degree.
Professor Pugliese has presented his work at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Bard College, Yeshiva University, Williams, the University of Michigan, West Point, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., as well as overseas in London, Paris, Moscow, Rome, Florence, Taormina, Toronto, Utrecht, and Jerusalem. He is currently working on a new book tentatively titled Dancing on a Volcano in Naples: Scenes from the Siren City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
The past is never dead. It’s not even past.
William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun (1951)
A deep knowledge of history makes fanaticism impossible.
Ignazio Silone, The School for Dictators (1938)