Our Faculty

headshot of Brendan Hennessey

Brendan Hennessey

Associate Professor

Romance Languages and Literatures


Brendan Hennessey's research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian film, literature and culture. He is currently authoring a monograph on neorealist director Luchino Visconti that analyzes the balance between formalism and realism in the postwar Italian blockbuster. His scholarly interests include auteur and popular cinema, the modern novel, representations of technology, theories of adaptation and Italian American cultural studies.


  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, University of Notre Dame
  • PhD, University of California-LA