L. Scott Lerner teaches Italian, French, Comparative Literature and Judaic Studies at Franklin and Marshall College, where he is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities. Most recently he co-edited, with Jonathan Druker, The New Italy and the Jews: From Massimo D’Azeglio to Primo Levi.
He has written extensively on Jewish literature and culture in modern Italy and France. With support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, he will spend 2020-2021 writing Italy Out of the Ghetto: A Catholic Nation in the Jewish Mirror. He is also at work on a novel-like history of a twelve year-old Jewish girl who was abducted and taken to the House of Catechumens in Rome, to be converted, in 1847 (The Mystery of Gentile Urbino.)
In the area of Italian cinema, he has authored several articles on filmmaker Davide Ferrario. [He is a graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.A. and Ph.D.)]