Faculty & Staff

BA Anthropology, S.U.N.Y. Oneonta; MA Italian, Middlebury Language Schools; PhD Italian, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Dr. Scuderi founded the Italian program at Truman in 1998. He teaches courses on Italian language and on Italian culture, including Italian Civilization I, which covers the historical period up to the Renaissance; Italian Film; the Italian–American Experience in Film; and a topics course, Italian Theatre, which includes opera.

He is a leading scholar of the Italian Nobel playwright, Dario Fo and is the author of Dario Fo and Popular Performance (Legas 1998), Dario Fo: Framing, Festival, and the Folkloric Imagination (Lexington Books 2011), and co-editor of Dario Fo: Stage, Text and Tradition (Southern Illinois University Press 2000). His interdisciplinary articles on Italian performance traditions have been published in leading journals of theatre, folklore and literary studies, including Theatre Journal (Cambridge University Press), Oral Tradition, and The Modern Language Review. He has contributed essays to books, including A History of Italian Theatre (Cambridge University Press 2006) and The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte (2015).