selected leadership/administrative responsibilities

at Harvard

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, 2017-2018.
  • Faculty co-director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, 2012-.
  • Founder, faculty director, principal metaLAB(at)Harvard: 2011-.
  • Member, Electronic Communications Policy Committee (2016-2019).
  • Chair, Science Center Atrium and Cabot Library Redesign Committee (2013-2015).
  • Member, Film and Visual Studies Standing Committee, VES, (2013-2015).
  • Member, Faculty Council, (2011-2012).
  • Member, GSAS Policy Committee (2011-).
  • Member, Digital Arts and Humanities Committee (2011-2016).
  • Member of Faculty, Critical Media Studies (2011-).
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Institute for Applied Computational Science (2013-)
  • Member, Harvard Academic Computing Committee (2011-).

at Stanford

  • Founder and director, Stanford Humanities Lab: 1999-2009.
  • Director of Graduate Studies, French and Italian Studies 2007-2009.
  • Chairman, Department of French and Italian Studies: 1998-2001.
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Comparative Literature: 1997.
  • Chairman, Department of Comparative Literature: 1993-96.
  • Chair, Division of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures: 1994-95.
  • Member of Faculty Council of the School of Humanities and Sciences, 1992-96.
  • Chairman, Italian Studies: 1985-1987, 1988-1993.

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editorships and editorial boards

  • member of advisory board, Bonomia University Press, Dipartimento delle Arti, University of Bologna, Bologna (2018-).
  • series editor and founder, metaLABprojects, Harvard University Press (2011-2017); MIT Press (2017-). Series launch spring 2014; MIT relaunch spring 2019.
  • board member, OCR (Operational and Curatorial Research – Contemporary Art, Design, Techhnology, and Science), (2014-)
  • member of editorial board, Idee in Form@zione, (2015-)
  • member of editorial board, Italica, (2014-)
  • member of advisory board, TransPostCross, University of Bologna (2012-).
  • member of advisory board, Sensate – A Journal for Experimental Media Practice, Harvard U (2011-).
  • member of advisory board, Uomo Nero, Dipartimento di storia dell’arte e dello spettacolo, Università di Milano (2012-).
  • member of editorial board, Biblioteca di Architettura, L’Ornitorinco Edizioni, Milan (2011-).
  • member of advisory board, Iris, University of Edinburgh (2011-).
  • member of editorial board, Quaderni sull’opera d’arte contemporanea, et al. edizioni, Venice, Italy (2011-).
  • member of consulting board,  ARCADE: Literature, Culture and Society, an online journal and knowledge environment published by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Stanford U (2009-).
  • member of editorial board, REM. Ricerche su Educazione e Media / Research on Media and Education, (2009-).
  • member of advisory board, Modernism/modernity, (2014-).
  • editor and director of Harvard [formerly Stanford] editorial office, Modernism/modernity, (2002-2013).
  • member of editorial board, Modernism/modernity, (1994-2002).
  • member of editorial board, Vectors: Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, electronic journal published by the USC Annenberg School of Communications (2004-).
  • member of editorial board, Stanford U Press (2003-2007).
  • member of editorial board, Literary Conjugations series, University of Washington Press (2003-).
  • member of international advisory board, Common Ground (Sydney/Victoria/New York), (2003-2007).
  • member of editorial board Palavra (Rio de Janeiro) (2003-).
  • member of advisory board, PMLA (1997-2000).
  • member of editorial board, L’Alighieri (2001-).
  • member of advisory board, Letteratura Italiana Antica (1999-).
  • editor in chief, Stanford Italian Review (1993-94).
  • associate editor, Stanford Italian Review (1985-93).
  • member of editorial board, Stanford Literature Review (1985-89).
  • member of advisory board, Dialoghi.  Rivista di Studi Italiani (1997-).
  • member of advisory board, Stanford Humanities Review (1993-2002).
  • consulting editor, Figurae: New Studies in Medieval Culture series, Stanford UP (1989-2002).
  • member of editorial board, Stanford French and Italian Monograph Series (1985-1994).
  • series co-editor (with Richard J. Golsan, Christopher Flood and Richard Wolin), European Horizons: Politics, Ideology, Critique series, U of Nebraska P, (1997-2003).
  • member of advisory board, South Central Review: The Journal of the South Central Modern Language Association (1993-).
  • member of editorial collective, Tabloid: A Review of Mass Culture & Everyday Life (1978-81).


reader and consultant for Art Issues, Speculum, Traditio, Renaissance Quarterly, Journal of Architecture Education, PMLA, Viator, Modern Philology, Polity Press, U of California, Chicago, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, MIT, U of Michigan, New England, Stanford U, U of Pennsylvania, Penn State, and Yale U Presses., in the fields of art, architecture, design, literature, and cultural history.


conferences and events organized (selected)

  • Food Design, co-organizer with the Office of the Provost, Harvard U, Oct. 2017.
  • openLAB evenings, metaLAB (at) Harvard’s recurring series of public hack/demo/project/art events, arts@29 garden street, Cambridge,  2012-.
  • ACL(x), unconference event, American Comparative Literature Association, Penn State, Oct. 2011.
  • with Gunnar Liestøl, “Digital Design and/in the Arts & Humanities,” Inventio seminar, SHL/Dept. of Media & Communication, University of Oslo, Stanford U, April 2009.
  • “The Music of Italian and Russian Futurism: Two Evenings with Daniele Lombardi,” Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, Stanford, Feb. 2009.
  • “Speed and its Limits // La Vitesse et ses limites,” Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada, June 2008.
  • Metaverse U,” (with Henrik Bennetsen, Matteo Bittanti, Dena DeBry, Henry Lowood et al.), Stanford University, Feb. 2008.
  • “Poéticas do inventário — Coleções, Listas, Séries e Arquivos na cultura contemporânea,” co-convenor (with Flora Süssekind [FCRB/UNIRIO], Maria Esther Maciel [UFMG], and Tânia Dias [FCRB]), Centro de Pesquisa, Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2006.
  • “After Crowds” seminar, in conjunction with the exhibition Revolutionary Tides, Stanford U, Nov. 2005.
  • “Special Effects 2000,” Stanford Presidential Symposium, co-organizer (with Scott Bukatman, Helen Tartar, David Hannah, Terry Winograd, Pamela Lee), Stanford U, May 2000.
  • “The Athlete’s Body,” co-organizer (with H. U. Gumbrecht, Rick Schavone, and Ted Leland), Dept. of Comparative Literature and Dept. of Athletics, Stanford U, May 1995.
  • “Disciplining Literature: Past, Present, and Future Institutions of Literary Study,” organizer, Stanford U, May 1994.
  • “Fascinating Fascism,” organizer, Stanford U and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Oct. 1993.
  • “Nietzsche in Italy,” co-organizer (with Robert Harrison), Stanford U, April 1986.
  • “The Ends of Rhetoric,” co-organizer (with David Wellbery, John Bender, Thomas Heller), Program in Comparative Literature, Stanford U, Feb. 1987.

other professional activities

  • Member of selection committee for faculty fellowships, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University, Providence, RI, January 2018.
  • Chairman, External review committee, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, Oct. 2017.
  • Advisor and consultant to the Assessorato Università, Ricerca, Politiche Giovanili, Dec. 2016.
  • Participant, Mellon Foundation Digital Media and Humanities oversight convening, Nov. 2016.
  • Advisory Board, The Open Syllabus Project,
  • Steering committee, IMLS Planning Grant Innovate to Educate: Revisioning Library and Information Science Education, 2014-2015.
  • The DanteLab, Dartmouth College, Board Member, 2013-
  • Member of Committee on Governance, American Comparative Literature Association, 2010-2012.
  • Member of Jury, University of Edinburgh Gadda Prize 2010-2012.
  • Member of Jury, Premio Impresa e Cultura tenth edition, winter-spring 2007.
  • Member of CELJ Phoenix award jury, 2004.
  • Reader of Fellowship Applications, Bourses Chateaubriand, 1999, 2000.
  • Reader of Fellowship Applications, Getty Research Center, 1997, 1998, 2006-.
  • Final Selection Committee, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Feb. 1996.
  • Director, Research Workshop on “The Letter of the Law,” Stanford Humanities Center, 1995-96.
  • Site Evaluator of Newberry Library, Chicago; Program for Academic Institutes and Research Centers, National Endowment for the Humanities, Feb. 1995.
  • Nominating Committee, Dante Society of America, 1994-97.
  • Member of Evaluating Panel for Translation Projects, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC, Sept. 1994.
  • Fellows final selection committee, Stanford Humanities Center, 1993.
  • Reader of fellowship applications, Stanford Humanities Center, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997-.
  • Reader of fellowship applications, National Humanities Center, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000-.
  • Member of Program Committee, Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Stanford University, March 1992.
  • Discussant, “Überbau/Neubau/Abbau: Nietzsche and an Architecture of our Minds,” Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Los Angeles, Nov. 1989.
  • Co-director, The Stanford Dante Institute, Stanford U Humanities Center, Summer 1988.  NEH-sponsored Summer Institute for University Faculty.
  • Discussant, “Italian Fascist Architecture in the Colonies: A Symposium.”  Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery, Washington, DC, Nov. 1987.
  • Member of Evaluating Panel for University Research Fellowships, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC, Aug. 1987, July 1993.
  • Co-director, The Dartmouth Dante Institute, Dartmouth Coll., Summer 1985 and Summer 1986.
  • Database Director and Editorial Supervisor 1984-85 and Editor 1985-89, The Dartmouth Dante Project.  NEH-sponsored pilot database project now up and running on the www.


service as an outside referee in tenure reviews and promotions for, among others, Freie Universität Berlin, NYU, Duke, Emory, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Boston U, Columbia U, U of Rochester, Arizona State, Harvard, Yale, Skidmore College, Northwestern, U of Southern California, Pomona College, U of Washington, U of Texas Austin, Trinity College, UCLA, Princeton University, U of British Columbia, U of Utah, Georgia Tech, SUNY Binghamton, Texas A & M, U of Vermont, U of Virginia, Washington U, CUNY Graduate Center, U C San Diego, U C Santa Cruz, Barnard College, Rice U, Florida State, and University of Cambridge, UK.