Franco Pierno

Professor, Associate Chair - Graduate
Carr Hall, Room 214, 100 St. Joseph Street Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4


Areas of Interest

  • History of Italian Language
  • History of French Language
  • Italian Lexicography
  • French Lexicography
  • Italian Language and Religion
  • French Language and Religion
  • European Linguistic Policies
  • Italian and French Protestant Literature (16th century)
  • Linguistic Aspects of Jesuit Relations (17th century)


FRANCO PIERNO (Laurea in Storia della lingua, Pavia; Doctorat en linguistique et philologie romanes, Strasbourg; Habilitation en Linguistique Italienne, Strasbourg) is a Full Professor (Italian Linguistics) and a member of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Before coming to Toronto, he taught at the universities of Strasbourg, Basel, and Neuchâtel. He has also been invited as Visiting Researcher by the following academic institutions: John Carter Brown Library (Brown University; Visiting Fellow); "Fondation Maison Sciences de l'Homme" (Paris; "Directeur d'Études Associé"); Universität Dresden (Senior Fellow).


  • Habilitation, University of Strasbourg
  • Doctorat, University of Strasbourg
  • Laurea, University of Pavia
  • Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Episcopal Seminary of Pavia


Administrative Service

Associate Chair - Graduate, Department of Italian Studies, 2021-present