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Governance of the Academy

The President of Columbia University serves as President of the Academy; the post of Honorary President is held by the President of the Republic of Italy. The Chairman of the Board is the Provost of Columbia University. The Director is the Head of the Academy. The Board of Guarantors, comprised of 12 distinguished representatives of Italian and American cultural, academic and business life, is selected by Columbia University and by the Government of Italy; it advises the Director on the management of the Academy.


Honorary President of the Academy
Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy

President of the Academy
Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University

Chairman of the Board of Guarantors
John H. Coatsworth, Provost of Columbia University

Director of the Academy
David Freedberg, Professor of Art History at Columbia University

Board of Guarantors

Guarantors of the Italian Academy should be contacted through their home institutions only, not via the Academy. (Please click on names for an extended biography.)

Appointed by Columbia University

Mark Anderson, Professor of German, Columbia University

The author of several books on Kafka (Kafka's Clothes, Reading Kafka), and the editor and translator of contemporary Austrian writers Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard, Prof. Anderson specializes in German modernism, contemporary Austrian literature and the theory and practice of translation. In addition, he regularly offers courses on modern German-Jewish culture from 1750 to the present, on opera and the idea of music in German culture, and on German exile during the Nazi period. In comparative literature he has taught courses on "Problems of the Gothic," "The Materiality of the Book in Western Culture," and "Jewish Identity in Modern European Culture." The founder and first director of the Berlin Consortium for German Studies, Prof. Anderson advises students who wish to study in Germany with the Columbia program.

Jonathan Cole, Provost and Dean of Faculties Emeritus, John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University, Columbia University

B.A., Columbia, 1964 Ph.D., Sociology, Columbia, 1969 Adolphe Quetelet Professor of Social Science, 1989 to 2001 Professor of Sociology, Columbia University from 1976 to present Adjunct Professor, Rockefeller University, 1983-1985 Vice President of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, 1987-1989 Provost and Dean of Faculties, Columbia University, 1989-2003. Director, Center for the Social Sciences, 1979-1987 Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California, 1975-76 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1975-76 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992 Cavaliere Ufficiale in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, 1996 Commendatore in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, 2003 "National Associate" U.S. National Academies of Sciences, 2003. Member, Council on Foreign Relations, 2003. Member, American Philosophical Society, 2005 Served on multiple national committees of the NSF, NRC, and NAS. Recent Board Memberships: Urban Justice Center, 2003 JED Foundation, 2003 President of Reid Hall Inc., Paris, 1989-2003 Marconi International Fellowship Foundation, 1997. Some publications in the sociology of science, science policy, and higher education, include: Social Stratification in Science (with Stephen Cole) (1973) Peer Review in the National Science Foundation: Phase One (1978) and Phase Two (1981) of a Study (co-authored) Fair Science: Women in the Scientific Community (1979) The Wages of Writing: Per Word, Per Piece, or Perhaps (1986) (co-authored) The Outer Circle: Women in the Scientific Community (1991) (co-edited and author) The Research University in a Time of Discontent (co-edited and author)(1994) multiple journal publications on similar topics. Currently working on a book on the critical importance of American research universities and why they are under threat.

Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University, where he received his BA in 1966 and first taught after completing his Ph.D. in History at Cambridge University in 1969. Before returning to Columbia in 1994, he was a member of the Departments of Political Science at the University of Chicago (where he was chair) and the New School for Social Research (where he was Dean of the Graduate Faculty). In 2003-4, he served as Acting Vice President and Dean of the Faculty for the Arts and Sciences at Columbia. His most recent books are When Affirmative Action Was White (2005), and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (2003). Other books include Black Men, White Cities (1973), City Trenches (1981), Schooling for All (with Margaret Weir, 1985), Marxism and the City (1992), and Liberalism's Crooked Circle (1996). He has co-edited Working Class Formation (with Aristide Zolberg, 1986), Paths of Emancipation: Jews, States, and Citizenship (with Pierre Birnbaum, 1995), Shaped by War and Trade: International Influences on American Political Development (with Martin Shefter, 2002), Political Science: The State of the Discipline, Centennial Edition (with Helen Milner, 2002), and Preferences and Situations: Points of Intersection Between Historical and Rational Choice Institutionalism (with Barry Weingast, 2005). Professor Katznelson was President of the American Political Science Association for 2005-2006. Previously, he served as President of the Politics and History Section of APSA, President of the Social Science History Association, and Chair of the Russell Sage Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Katharina Pistor, Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law, Columbia University

Katharina Pistor is the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the Director of the School's Center on Global Legal Transformation, and has served as a member of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought since its inception. She previously taught at the Kennedy School of Government, and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany and the Harvard Institute for International Development. In the 1990s she worked predominantly on transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, where she conducted extensive field research. Since then, her research has expanded to other emerging markets (in East Asia) and the impact of globalization on the transformation of law and legal institutions in the areas of finance, property rights and transnational regulation. She is Principal Investigator of the "Global Finance and Law Initiative," a collaborative research project aimed at re-conceptualizing the relation between finance and law, funded by INET. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Research Associate of the Center for Economic Policy Research and an Editor of "Economics of Transition." In 2012 she received the Max Planck Research Award for her contributions to international financial regulation.
Recent publications include "Governing Financial Interdependence: Lessons from the Vienna Initiative" (Journal of Globalization and Development, 2011); "Global Network Finance" (Journal of Comparative Economics, 2009); and with Curtis Milhaupt, "Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development Around the World" (Chicago University Press 2008).

David Rosand, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University

David Rosand is Meyer Schapiro Professor emeritus of Art History at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1964.

His scholarship has focused on the Italian Renaissance and on the art of Venice in particular and on the history and criticism of the graphic arts. His publications in the field include Titian and the Venetian Woodcut (1976--co-authored with Michelangelo Muraro), Titian (1978), Painting in Cinquecento Venice: Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto (1982; rev. ed. 1997), The Meaning of the Mark: Leonardo and Titian (1988), Myths of Venice: The Figuration of a State (2001), and Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation (2002). In the area of American painting, another of his fields of interest, he has published Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages (1997) and The Invention of Painting in America (2004). His latest book, a monograph on the art of Paolo Veronese, is scheduled for publication next year.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, and has served for many years on the board of the Renaissance Society of America, which has honored him with the Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award (2007). He is project director for Save Venice, Inc., an organization dedicated to the conservation of the art and monuments of the city on the lagoon.

His teaching and his scholarship at Columbia have been recognized by the conferring of several awards: the Alexander Hamilton Medal of the Association of the Alumni of Columbia College (1994); the Great Teacher Award of the Society of Columbia Graduates (1997); the Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum, Heyman Center for the Humanities (2000), the Robert S. Liebert Award for Applied Psychoanalysis, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (2008); the John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, Columbia College Alumni Association (2010).

Otto Naumann, President, Otto Naumann, Ltd.

Otto Naumann is one of the most distinguished Old Master dealers in the world. For almost thirty years he has directed the New York gallery which carries his name and has made benchmark sales to leading collectors and museums, from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Few gallerists in the world reach the level of distinction that he has achieved in the field of Dutch painting.

Otto Naumann is an alumnus of SUNY New Paltz, Columbia, and Yale University, where he received his Ph.D. in art history in 1979. Even before that he established his name as a major scholar of Dutch art, and he is the author of over 20 art-historical publications, including his definitive 1981 monograph on Frans van Mieris. He has also held positions at a number of universities, including a professorship at the University of Delaware.

His present gallery, now housing as many Italian Old Master paintings as Dutch and French, is found in what is known as the Fine Arts Building, just a few steps away from the Metropolitan Museum on East 80th Street.

Appointed by the Republic of Italy

Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States

Claudio Bisogniero entered the Italian Foreign Service in 1978 and was posted to the Embassy of Italy in Beijing and then to the Permanent Mission of Italy to NATO in Brussels. After serving in Rome at the Office of the Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic, he was posted to the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., and to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York. He returned to Rome, first at the Division of Personnel and later with the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; still later, he was Deputy Director General for Political Multilateral Affairs - Deputy Political Director, and then he was named Director General for the Americas. He later served as NATO Deputy Secretary General.

Alessandro Falež , Presidente, Hotel Invest Italiana; Presidente, Health Care Italia; Amministratore, S.I.C.A.R.

Alessandro Falež is President of HOTEL INVEST ITALIANA S.p.A., a management company for prestigious hotels and residences including the Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's, Residence Aurelia Antica, Holiday Inn Napoli, Hotel President – Collegio alla Querce in Florence, and others. He is also President of HEALTH CARE ITALIA S.p.A., which consults and does management in the health care sector and runs three institutions in the Lazio region (Rome American Hospital S.p.A., Centro Diagnostico S.p.A. e Fondazione Roma Hospice Sla Alzheimer) and two in Campania (Ospedale Internazionale S.r.l. e Casa di Cura Villa dei Fiori S.r.l.). Furthermore, he is involved with various real estate operations. Has a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University as well as an engineering degree from the University of Rome. He sits on the boards of RETE AUTOSTRADE MEDITERRANEE S.p.A., Rome and served as Vice-President in the board of ALITALIA SPA and was in the board of AISLA – Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Laterale Amiotrofica, Novara and ENIT S.p.A., Rome.

Andrea Mevorach, Fondatore, FEM - Finance Estate Millennium, Re-Evolution Real Estate

Andrea Mevorach is an Italian entrepreneur who has always lived in Venice; he represents the fifth generation of a family active in several industrial and financial fields. He studied mechanical engineering and holds a degree in economics from SAMA University in Turin. He has worked in Italy, Germany and the United States and speaks fluent English and German.

He served as Managing Director in a family textile group with over 2,200 employees worldwide, and sold the firm in 1999. He has also worked in the nautical business (yacht production, refitting and nautical activities) and in the optical business (frames and sunglasses).

After years of activity in real estate projects, in 2007 he created an independent real estate fund which is growing at double-digit rates despite the international economic situation. It focuses on high-tech buildings such as special archives for public institutions, high-security police and army posts, and jails. He also designed a project known as "New Town," promoted by the Italian Prime Minister.

Giovanni Puglisi, Rettore Libera Universita di Lingue e Comunicazione (IULM) e Presidente della Commissione Italiana Nazionale UNESCO

Giovanni Puglisi, born in Caltanissetta (Italy) in 1945, has been Rector of IULM University, Milan, since 28th March 2001 and is President of The Italian National Commission for UNESCO. After taking a degree in Literature, he was appointed Assistant Professor of History of Philosophy. Starting 1972 he has been Associate and Full Professor at the University of Palermo, Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, teaching, in sequence, Philosophy of Language and Aesthetics. He was Professor of History of Philosophy (1976), Dean of the Faculty of Education Sciences at the University of Palermo (1979-1998), and Chairman of the Deans Conference of the Italian Faculties of Education Sciences (1983-1998). In 1993 he became Full Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Palermo. He is President of the University Advisory Board for Literary Criticism and Comparative Literature. He has been Full Professor of Comparative Studies at IULM University since 1998.
Other Professional Experiences: He is President of: the Bank of Sicily Foundation the IULM University Foundation the ISIDA (Institute for the Higher Education of Managers, Palermo) the International Mondello Award for Literature the Società Siciliana per la Storia Patria (Sicilian Society for the History of Italy and its Origins). He is Vice-President of: the National Commission for the Promotion of Italian Culture at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the CittàItalia Foundation the Biondo-Stabile Theatre of Palermo. He is member of the UNESCO-ROSTE Steering Committee in Venice. He is member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee at the Institute of the Italian Encyclopaedia G. Treccani. He is an honorary member of Società Geografica Italiana (The Italian Geographical Society). Former Councillor for Culture at Palermo municipality. He is member of the Rotary Club (Roma Sud) and he was awarded with the Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Since 1972 he has been member of the Italian Journalists Association.
Research fields: Aesthetics and Philosophy, Cultural and Comparative Studies, Cultural Policies, Cultural Heritage Organization and Promotion, Art Trends.
His numerous publications include:
* Strutturalismo, Roma 1970 II ed. 1976
* Poetica e Retorica del Mondo Antico, Napoli 1976
* Intervista a Charles Poletti, in Gli anni difficili dell'autonomia, Palermo-Siracura 1993
* Un nuovo interlocutore nei rapporti tra Filosofia e Poesia: l'Estetica computazionale di Hofstadter, in Filosofia '95, edited by Gianni Vattimo, Gius. Laterza & Figli, 1996
* Le immagini del pensiero, in Poesia e filosofia, Franco Angeli, Milano 2000
* I Modi della Moda, Editore Sellerio, Palermo 2001
* Le città di carta, with Paolo Proietti, Editore Sellerio, Palermo 2002
* Una nuova immagine dell'Italia all'estero nel secondo dopoguerra: il "made in Italy". Le "multinazionali della cultura", in L'Italia fuori d'Italia - Tradizione e presenza della lingua e della cultura italiana nel mondo, Salerno Editrice, Roma 2003
* Tomasi di Lampedusa, La letteratura e gli altri, in L'Anello Che Non Tiene Journal of Modern Italian Literature, Spring-Fall 2001-2002
* ntroduction to I"Viaggio sentimentale di Yorick lungo la Francia e l'Italia" Edizioni Università IULM, 2004
* He is Director of the series Le parole e le cose, edited by Sellerio (Palermo), of the series Hermes (on Inter-Cultural and Comparative Studies), edited by Armando Armando, Rome of the series Bel Paese edited by the Polygraphic National Institute and of the Collana degli Anniversari edited by Edizioni Università IULM.

Umberto Vattani , President of Venice International University

Umberto Vattani has served in the Italian diplomatic service for many years. Twice Secretary General of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he was an Ambassador to several countries and was until 2011 President of the Italian Trade Commission (ICE). He is currently President of the Venice International University (VIU) and Director of the Italy-Japan Foundation.

Riccardo Viale, Director, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, NY

Academic and Scientific appointments:
Riccardo Viale is Full Professor ofMethodology of Social Sciencesat the Faculty of Sociology of theUniversity of Milano-Bicocca; from 2002 until 2009 he was also Professor of Cognitive Economics and of Research and Innovation Policy atthe Scuola Superiore della PubblicaAmministrazione of Roma (SSPA) wherehe was also Scientific Director of the Master on "Decisional Processes in the Public Administration" and Scientific Director of the 2nd Master on "Science,Technology, and Innovation". From 1987 to 1999 he was professor of Logicand Epistemology at the Università Bocconi of Milano (DES). In 2011 he is professor at the School of Governmentof Luiss University of Rome. Scientific Director of LaSCo (Laboratory of Cognitive and Complexity Sciences) of the Rosselli Foundation of Turin; Founder and member ofthe Steering Committee of AISC-Associazione Italiana di Scienze Cognitive (Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences); Scientific Director of Istituto di Metodologia della Scienza e della Tecnologia of Turin; Editor in chief of Mind & Society – Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences (Springer Verlag); Member of the Editorial Board of International Studies of Philosophy of Science; Member of the Editorial Board of Sci policy – The Journal of Science and Health Policy; Consulting Editor of the journal EPISTEME; Member ofthe Editorial Board of Sistemi Intelligenti; Founder and General Secretary ofthe "International Herbert A. Simon Society". Founder and member of the Executive Committee of "Triple Helix Association". Member and Visiting Scholar in various foreign universities: Oxford; Aix en Provence; Rice, Houston; Fribourg; Universidade Federal of Rio de Janeiro; University of California, Santa Barbara; Universidade Federal of Niteroi, Brazil. In 2009 he was Senior Visiting Fellow and Research Scholar at the Columbia University of New York.

Previous Institutional appointments:
In 1988 Riccardo Viale was a Founder member of the Rosselli Foundation of which he was also the Director until 2002; From 1990 to 2000 he was director of Lascomes (Laboratorio sulle scienze cognitive e sociale ) of Università Bocconi of Milano. He was Director of LIRA (Laboratory onInnovation, Research and Enterprise) of the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca; In 1990 he was Scientific Adviser of the Minister for Scientific and Technological Research; from 1992 until 2002 he was Representative of the Italian Government in the Technical Committee in Social Sciences of COST (Cooperation in the field of Scienceand Technology) of the European Commission; in 1993 Coordinator of the Committee on Research and Innovation of the Prime Minister; in 1995 Representative of the Italian Government in the Programme Committee of TSER (Targeted Socio-Economic Research) of the IVth Framework Programme of the European Commission; National representative in the Programme Committee "Structuring the European Research Area - Science and Society" of the VIth Framework Programme of R&D of the European Commission; member of the International Advisory Panel of the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE) ERANET project; from 1997 until 2001 he was Co-chairman of the Scientific Network of ESF (European Science Foundation) called "Human Reasoning and Decision Making"; in the years 2001 and 2002 he was Commissioner of I.S.P.R.I. (Institute of Socio-economic Studies on Innovation and Research Policies) of the C.N.R. (National Research Council) of Roma; from 2001 until 2006 he was a member of the Technical Secretariat of the Italian Minister of University and Research. Founder, and from 2001 to 2010 CEO and General Director of the "Fondazione COTEC-Italia for Technological Innovation" of Roma, chaired by the President of the Italian Republic and member of the Executive Committee of the Fundación COTEC-España.

Current Institutional Positions Riccardo Viale is the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs); President of the Rosselli Foundation of Turin; Founder member and member of the Board of Directors of the "Foundation for Italian Art and Culture" (FIAC) of New York; Editor of the book series Economia, mente, cervello (Economics, mind, and brain) publishedby Editrice Il Sole 24 Ore; Columnist of "Il Sole 24Ore".

Senior Fellows

Qais al-Awqati, Robert F. Loeb Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University

Enrico Arbarello, Ordinario di Geometria, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma

Richard Axel, Nobel Laureate and University Professor, Columbia University

Teodolinda Barolini, Da Ponte Professor of Italian, Columbia University

Lina Bolzoni, Ordinario di Letteratura Italiana, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

Maria Luisa Catoni, Professor in Ancient Art History and Archaeology, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca

Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Columbia University

Paolo Galluzzi, Direttore dell’Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze

Carlo Ginzburg, Ordinario di storia delle culture europee, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University

Denis Hollier, Professor of French at New York University

Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate and University Professor, Columbia University

Francesco Pellizzi, Editor of Res and Research Associate in Middle American Ethnology at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University

Edmund S. Phelps, Nobel Laureate and McVickar Professor of Political Economy, Columbia University

Renzo Piano, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa and Paris

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Direttore del Dipartimento di Neuroscienze ed ordinario di Fisiologia, Università di Parma

Salvatore Settis, Direttore della Scuola Normale Superiore ed ordinario di Storia dell’arte, Pisa

Horst L. Störmer, Nobel Laureate and I. I. Rabi Professor of Physics, Columbia University

Nadia Urbinati, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Columbia University

Marina Warner, CBE, Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theater Studies, University of Essex

Honorary Fellows

Daniele Bodini, Ambassador to the United Nations for the Republic of San Marino

Daniele Bodini received a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Rome in 1968 and a Masters in Architecture in 1970. Mr. Bodini came to the United States in 1971 to attend Columbia Business School, receiving an MBA in 1972. In 1987 he received an O.P.M. from Harvard Business School. He is Chairman Emeritus of American Continental Properties Group, a diversified real estate group in North America and Europe. Mr. Bodini is the Chairman of the American-Italian Cancer Foundation. Mr. Bodini is on the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School. He represents the Republic of San Marino at the United Nations.

Ambassador Bodini was named as the first Honorary Fellow in 2013, after he served for a decade as a distinguished Guarantor on the Board, appointed by the President of Columbia University. His support of the Italian Academy extended to the generous granting of fellowships.