Governance of the Academy

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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 is comprised of distinguished representatives of Italian and American cultural, academic and business life; six are selected by Columbia University and another six by the Government of Italy. It advises the Director on the management of the Academy.


Honorary President of the Academy
Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic

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

Chairman of the Board of Guarantors
Mary C. Boyce, Provost of Columbia University

Director of the Academy
David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art 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
Daniele BodiniChairman Emeritus, American Continental Properties Group
Jonathan ColeProvost and Dean of Faculties Emeritus; John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University, Columbia University
Mark A. MazowerIra D. Wallach Professor of History; Director, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University
Katharina PistorEdwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law; Director, Center on Global Legal Transformation, Columbia University
Sydney Houghton WeinbergTrustee, Sidney J. Weinberg Jr. Foundation

Appointed by the Government of Italy

Alain ElkannWriter, Journalist
Fabio FinottiDirector, Italian Cultural Institute in New York
Anna FoàPublisher, Tiqqun Edizioni, Milan
Marco GiudiciFormer Director of RAI Italia
Gianni RiottaJournalist; Pirelli Visiting Professor of Italian Studies, Princeton University
Mariangela ZappiaAmbassador of Italy to the United States


Senior Fellows

Qais al-AwqatiRobert F. Loeb Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University
Enrico ArbarelloOrdinario di Geometria, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma
Richard AxelNobel Laureate and University Professor, Columbia University
Teodolinda BaroliniDa Ponte Professor of Italian, Columbia University
Lina BolzoniOrdinario di Letteratura Italiana, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Maria Luisa CatoniProfessor in Ancient Art History and Archaeology, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca
Victoria de GraziaMoore Collegiate Professor of History, Columbia University
Paolo GalluzziDirettore dell’Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze
Carlo GinzburgOrdinario di storia delle culture europee, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Anthony GraftonHenry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University
Eric KandelNobel Laureate and University Professor, Columbia University
Francesco PellizziEditor of "Res" and Research Associate in Middle American Ethnology at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University
Edmund S. PhelpsNobel Laureate and McVickar Professor of Political Economy, Columbia University
Renzo PianoRenzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa and Paris
Giacomo RizzolattiDirettore del Dipartimento di Neuroscienze ed ordinario di Fisiologia, Università di Parma
Salvatore SettisGià Direttore della Scuola Normale Superiore ed ordinario di Storia dell’arte, Pisa
Nadia UrbinatiKyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Columbia University
Marina WarnerDBE, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London