Academic Director

Professor Joseph A. Buttigieg 
Director, The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program

Professor Joseph Buttigieg, Academic Director

Professor Buttigieg received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Malta as well as a Bachelor of Philosophy from Heythrop College in the U.K. He holds a Master of Arts from the University of Malta and completed his Ph.D. at SUNY-Binghamton.

In addition to serving as the Academic Director of The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, Professor Buttigieg is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English. He is also a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.

Buttigieg specializes in modern European literature, critical theory, and the relationship between culture and politics. In addition to numerous articles, Buttigieg has authored a book on James Joyce’s aesthetics, A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective. He is also the editor and translator of the multi-volume complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks, a project that was supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Several of his articles on Gramsci have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese. Professor Buttigieg was a founding member of the International Gramsci Society, of which he is president. The Italian Minister of Culture appointed him to a commission of experts to oversee the preparation of the “edizione nazionale” of Gramsci’s writings.

Buttigieg serves on the editorial and advisory boards of various journals, and he is a member of the editorial collective of boundary 2.

Selected Publications:

  • Criticism Without Boundaries: Directions and Crosscurrents in Postmodern Critical Theory. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1987.
  • A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1987.
  • Borg, Carmel, Joseph A. Buttigieg, and Peter Mayo, eds. Gramsci and Education. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. -Gramsci, Antonio. Prison Notebooks. Edited and translated by Joseph A. Buttigieg. Vols. 1 – 3. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992-2007.

“It is, indeed, a great privilege to be associated with The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program and, especially, to be directly involved in implementing the bold vision that inspires it. The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program not only enriches the lives of exceptional students by preparing them for their future leadership roles in society, it also better enables the University of Notre Dame to be 'a powerful source for good' in the world, as its founder, Father Edward Sorin, envisaged.” - Professor Buttigieg