Barbara Faedda is the Executive Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in Legal Anthropology and Social Science from the Università Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli after studying at Sapienza Università di Roma (Laurea in Lettere). She studied in Paris at the Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law (co-sponsored by Cornell Law School and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), and at Boston University (as a visiting scholar).
Dr. Faedda is also Adjunct Associate Professor in Columbia's Department of Italian, where she teaches courses on contemporary Italy.
In May 2019, Dr. Faedda was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Observer for the European Public Law Organization to the United Nations. She presented her credentials on May 21 in New York to the Secretary-General of the U.N., António Guterres.
In February 2020, she was named The 2020 Illustrious Alumnus/Alumna of Sapienza Università di Roma, the distinguished institution that is more than 700 years old.
Her professional background includes experience in an Italian luxury fashion firm in Rome in the 1990s and a continuing research interest in food, advertising, and visual culture.
She is the author of the books From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana: A Brief History of Italian Studies at Columbia (Columbia University Press, 2017), and I mille volti della moda; she is also a co-author of the book Luoghi di frontiera. Antropologia delle mediazioni, and a contributor to various books and manuscripts. Her recent publications include: Present and Future Memory. Holocaust Studies at the Italian Academy (2008-2016), editor, Italian Academy Publications, Columbia University, September 2016; “An Italian Perspective on the U.S.-Italy Relationship”, in Italy in the White House: A Conversation on Historical Perspectives, David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, The White House Historical Association, 2016; “Foreigners, immigrants, and travelers in America in Da Ponte’s time”, in Power and Seduction. Da Ponte’s “Tre Drammi” printed in New York 1826: Figaro, Don Giovanni and Axur; R. Eisendle & H.E. Weidinger, eds., Hollitzer Verlag, Vienna (forthcoming); “Neurolaw: come le neuroscienze potrebbero cambiare l’antropologia giuridica,” in Antropologia giuridica. Etnografie e temi attuali, A. De Lauri ed., Mondadori Universita’ 2013; “Emozioni e paure. Come la politica utilizza l’Altro,” in Politica ed emozioni nella storia d’Italia dal 1848 ad oggi, P. Morris, F. Ricatti, M. Seymour, eds., Viella 2012; “L’immigration law statunitense,” with L. Melchionna, in Regioni, Immigrazione e Diritti Sociali, E. Rossi, F. Biondi Dal Monte, M. Vrenna, eds., Scuola Superiore S. Anna of Pisa, Il Mulino 2012; and “We are not racists, but we do not want immigrants,” in Integration, Globalization and Racialization: Theories and Perspectives on Immigration, J. Capetillo, G. Jacobs, P. Kretsedemas, eds., Routledge 2012.