Barbara Naddeo

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation



North Academic Center





Barbara Naddeo


Dr. Naddeo specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, especially Italy. In particular, she is interested in the advent of the metropolis and its significance for the social sciences in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As her case study, Dr. Naddeo has taken the capital city of Naples, which was the single largest metropolitan community in Europe around 1600 and a laboratory of the human sciences throughout the early modern period. Presently, she is preparing for publication a book manuscript, titled Birth of a Metropolis: The Open City and the Social Sciences in Naples, 1650--1800, and she is completing the research for an allied project on the political career of an early theorist of the metropolitan question, Giuseppe Maria Galanti, who was an early practitioner of statistics in Enlightenment Italy. Dr. Naddeo has already published on wide-ranging topics regarding early modern Naples and Enlightenment Italy.

Her first book, a study of the Neapolitan philosopher Giambattista Vico that posited his famously early theory of developmentalism in relation to the new jurisprudence formulated to adjudicate inequities among members of his own metropolitan community, was published by Cornell in 2011 and won the prestigious Barzun Prize in 2012. She has further published numerous articles on sundry topics in peer-reviewed journals, such as Modern Intellectual History, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Imago Mundi and Radical History Review. Dr. Naddeo has publicly presented her work at both national and international research institutions, including Cambridge University, the American Academy in Rome, the Cini Foundation in Venice, the Centro Nazionale di Ricerca in Naples, the Conference of the International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Clark Library at UCLA, the Newberry Library of Chicago, Columbia University, NYU and the Graduate Center. For the support of her scholarship she has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants, among which number the Rome Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Italian Studies, a NEH at the Newberry Library, a Stanford Humanities Fellowship and a Fulbright.


Ph.D. The University of Chicago

A.B. Princeton University

Courses Taught


Early Modern Europe 
The Renaissance
The Scientific Revolution 
The Enlightenment
Cities in Early Modern Europe
Historical Methods and Historiography
Readings on Early Modern Europe


Research Interests


Birth of a Metropolis: The Open City and the Social Sciences in Naples, 1650--1800.

Giuseppe Maria Galanti, Publisher and Statistician in Enlightenment Italy.




Vico and Naples: The Urban Origins of Modern Social Theory. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. (Italian edition forthcoming with the Roman press Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura.) Winner of the Barzun Prize in Cultural History 2012.


"A Cosmopolitan in the Provinces. Galanti, Geography and Enlightenment Europe." Modern Intellectual History. Vol. 10, No. 1 (2013):1--23.

"Galanti Geographer. Between a Vocation for the Human Sciences and a Commitment to the Public Sphere." In: Antropologia e scienze sociali a Napoli in eta' moderna. Edited by Roberto Mazzola. Rome: ARACNE, 2012.

“Cultural Capitals and Cosmopolitanism in Eighteenth-Century Italy.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 10,2 (2005)

“Topographies of Difference. Cartography of the City of Naples, 1629—1798.” Imago Mundi 56, i (January 2004).

“Vico Anthropologist. From Civic to World History.” Bolletino del Centro di Studi Vichiani XXXIII (2003).

“Urban Arcadia. Representations of the Dialect of the City of Naples in Linguistic Theory and Comic Theater, 1696—1780.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 35, 1 (Fall 2001).

“The Science of Man as the Science of Society. Medical Anthropology in the Kingdom of Naples, 1760—1790.” Annali dell’Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici XVI (December 1999).

“Towards an Anthropology of Europe: Francesco Antonio Grimaldi’s Reflections upon the Inequality among Men.” History of Anthropology Newsletter XXVI, 1 (June 1999).

“If Angelus Novus were a Geo-photographer...: The Reception of “Abschied und Anfang”—The German Historical Museum’s Inaugural Exhibition in the Zeughaus Berlin.” Radical History Review 60 (Fall 1994).