Passing of Dr. Nunzio Pernicone, Department of History & Politics
May 31, 2013
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Nunzio Pernicone, professor in the Department of History and Politics.
Dr. Pernicone joined the faculty of Drexel in September 1988, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and serving on the faculty of Columbia University and the University of Illinois. In his 25 years of service at Drexel, his teachings on the impact of European revolutionaries on 19th Century American politics were a mainstay of the department. He trained countless students in historical methods and furthered their academic understanding of history as an important aspect of social citizenship. His recent appointment to Professor Emeritus was a well-deserved conclusion to his extensive and distinguished career.
Dr. Pernicone published two major academic books: Italian Anarchism, 1864-1892 (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel (Palgrave, 2005). He also wrote extensively on the impact and historical interpretation of the Sacco and Vanzetti case—one of the defining moments in American politics of the 1920s. He was active in the lively academic debates around this topic, as evidenced by his 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters published over the span of his academic career. Moreover, he helped shape the understanding of these topics as they related to U.S. history and American politics.
Beyond his scholarship, Dr. Pernicone has long been acknowledged as a thoughtful teacher throughout his years. By revealing the manner in which prior historical events and choices shape the present political path, he has mentored countless undergraduate students as they have struggled to correctly place current events in a historical context. In addition, he has taught these students the value in rigorously applying historical methods to successfully understand the world they live in.
Dr. Pernicone will be missed as a scholar and as a valued member of Drexel University. Our thoughts are with his wife and his family at this difficult time.