Polegato, Andrea

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies


  • Ph.D. Italian Renaissance Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • M.A. Italian Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • B.A. History of Political Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Padova

Research Interests:

  • Machiavelli
  • Italian Renaissance
  • Political Philosophy
  • Comparative Studies
  • Arts of War
  • Food Culture 


  • Elementary Italian
  • Intermediate Italian
  • Advanced Italian
  • History, Literature, and Cinema from Fascism to Today 
  • Italian Food Culture & Cooking Workshop
  • Italian Films from Neorealism to Today
  • Renaissance Italy and Ancient China on the Art of War
  • The Works of Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Medieval and Renaissance Comedy in Italy
  • Italian Literature from the origins to today
  • Food, Mafia, and Fashion
  • How to become a Leader: from Machiavelli to Mussolini


  • Andrea Polegato (Ph.D., Indiana University) is Assistant Professor in Italian Studies at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Polegato works on the political language of Niccolò Machiavelli and Florence between Quattrocento and Cinquecento. His publications include articles on Machiavelli, Pietro Aretino, and the Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi. He has also a strong interest in comparative studies, in particular, he teaches courses and publishes articles on the comparison between Renaissance Italy and ancient China. Currently, Dr. Polegato is working on his monograph on the political language in Machiavelli’s early writings (1498-1503).
  • https://csufresno.academia.edu/AndreaPolegato