University of Pittsburgh




Giuseppina Mecchia

Associate Professor of French and Italian

Director of Graduate Studies in French

Office: 1328 B Catherdral of Learning
Tel: 412-624-5222



PhD, French, Princeton University
MA, French, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
BA, Università degli Studi di Roma, French and German

Curriculum vitae (PDF)


Undergraduate courses

(Including 1000 level courses)

Graduate courses

Selected Publications

With Tim Murphy, The Futures of Empire. Edited volume on Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire trilogy.  (under review at the University of Minnesota Press).

With Todd Reeser, Ideas of France, special issue of Sites: The Journal of French and Francophone Contemporary Studies. (forthcoming, March 2013).


"The Expression of Biopolitics: Michel Foucault, Antonin Artaud and the Schizoanalytic Realm," in Biopolitics. A reader. Adam Sitze and Tim Campbell, ed., Duke University Press. (forthcoming 2012).

“The Novel Form in Italian Postmodernity:  Giuseppe Genna’s Day of Judgment”, Subjectivity, vol. 5, n. 3, 2012, pp. 92-107.

“Moro’s Body Between Enlightenment and PostModernism:  Terror, Murder and Meaning in the Writings of Leonardo Sciascia and Jean Baudrillard”, in Remembering Moro: The Cultural Legacy of the 1978 Kidnapping,  Giancarlo Lombardi and Ruth Glynn, eds. Oxford: Legenda, MHRA and  Maney Publishing, 2012. (pp. 63-78).  

Anthro-politics:  Reconsidering Capitalism and Schizophrenia”, Actual Virtual: The Online Journal of Deleuze Studies, n. 13 (autumn 2011). Online video resource, 69 min.

“Foreign Theories:  On the Completion of the Empire Trilogy”, The Minnesota Review,special section on Franco-Italian Political Thought, n. 75,  Fall 2010, pp. 133-142.

“Philosophy and Its Poor: Rancière and The Philosophical Tradition”, chapter in Rancière, Key Concepts, Jean-Philippe Deranty, Acumen, 2010, pp.38-54.  

"Wu-Ming: Anonymous Hatchet Throwers in the 21st Century Italy", in Bolongaro, Eugenio and Rita Gagliano (eds.) Creative Interventions: The Role of the Intellectual in Contemporary Italy, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Series, 2009, pp. 195-215.

"The classics and Critical Theory in Postmodern France: The case of Jacques Rancière," in Jacque Rancière: History, Politics, Aesthetics, Duke University Press, 2009, pp.67-82.

Italian Post-Workerist Thought, special issue of the journal Sub-stance, v.36, issue 112, n.1 (2007), ed. with Max Henninger and Tim Murphy.

"The Children Are Still Watching Us: Cache/Hidden in the Folds of Time," in Studies in French Cinema 7.2 (2007).

"Sujets en cours: sur le fonctionnement de certains concepts dans l’enseignement universitaire," Multitudes 23 (hiver 2006).

"Un coup de pistolet au milieu d’un concert: la Grande Guerre et l’irruption du présent dans le Temps de la Recherche," Marcel Proust aujourd’hui 3 (Nov. 2005).


When the Word Becomes Flesh:  Language and Human Nature, New York, Semiotext(e), forthcoming 2013 (Translation, edition and critical introduction of Paolo Virno, Quando il verbo si fa carne.  Linguaggio e natura umana, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri 2003).


The Communism of Capital: Finance, Biopolitics of Labor and Global Crisis.  New York, Semiotext(e), forthcoming 2013.  (Translation, edition and critical introduction of Christian Marazzi, Il Comunismo del Capitale, Verona, Ombrecorte, 2010).


Capital and Affects: The Politics of the Language Economy. New York, Semiotext(e), 2011.  (Translation, edition and critical introduction of Christian Marazzi, Il Posto dei Calzini. La svolta linguistica dell’economia e I suoi effetti nella politica, Bellinzona, Casagrande Editore, 2001).

The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy. Berardi, Franco (Bifo). Translated by Francesca Cadel and Giuseppina Mecchia. Semiotext(e), Los Angeles, CA 2009.

Thought, Friendship and Visionary Cartography.  Berardi Franco (Bifo) Felix Guattari.  Translated and Edited by Giuseppina Mecchia and Charles J. Stivale, with an interview to "Bifo" by Giuseppina Mecchia, London, Palgrave McMillan 2008.

Awards and Honors

January 2011, with Todd Reeser and Vivian Curran, “The Idea of France”, Global Academic Partnership Grant, $19,000.

August 2007, with Randall Halle and Sabine Von Dirke, “Interzone”, a total of $10,250 from The School of Arts and Sciences.

August 2007:  “Citizenship in the 21st Century”:  a total of $ 12,000 from the School of Arts and Sciences, UCIS, The Center for European Studies, The Office of the Provost and GSPIA. 

March 2004: with Donna Gabaccia and Paula Kane, Global Academic Partnership grant, within the University Center for International Studies at Pittsburgh.

Professional Service

2007-present: Administrative Officer, Cultural Studies Association – US

2002–present: Elected Member of the Senate Bylaws Committee

2002–present: Member of the Center for Western European Studies Steering Committee



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