Dr Alessio Baldini

Dr Alessio Baldini


I graduated in Italian literature from the University of Siena (2003), where I later completed an MA (2008) and a Doctorate (2009) in Italian literature and literary theory. In 2010 I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University for Foreigners of Siena. In 2012, I was appointed Lecturer in Italian at the University of Leeds. In 2016, I became Lecturer in Italian Culture.


  • Programme Manager (LCS JH Programmes with LUBS or POLIS)

Research interests

I am a specialist of modern Italian literature and culture (post-1861). My main research interests revolve around the interplay between aesthetic and moral values in the narrative arts (literature and film). My current research project focuses on the family saga as a cultural genre and its function in shaping the Italian national imaginary. Over the years, I have also developed a scholarship interest in modern Italian material culture (the 'Made in Italy', fashion, design, food and wine cultures). 

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  • PhD Italian Literature and Literary Theory
  • MA Italian Literature and Literary Theory
  • BA Italian Literature

Professional memberships

  • Society for Italian Studies
  • Association for the Study of Modern Italy
  • British Comparative Literature Association

Student education

My teaching focuses on modern Italian culture seen in its historical context. I have also designed and I manage a module on Italian for business and the ‘Made in Italy’ (fashion, design, food and wine cultures). My scholarship interest in consumer culture has led me to design and manage an LCS-wide module on material cultures and cultures of consumption.

Research groups and institutes

  • Italian
  • Cultural studies
  • Centre for World Literatures
  • Literary studies
  • LivItaly: Bringing Italian Culture to Yorkshire

Current postgraduate researchers

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