Stefano Prandi was born in 1961. He studied at Bologna University with Ezio Raimondi, Luciano Anceschi, Umberto Eco, Luigi Heilmann, Carlo Ginzburg and Alfonso Traina. After having obtained his degree as well as a PhD, supervised by Ezio Raimondi, he worked as a teacher in secondary school for a couple of years, before becoming a researcher at Piemonte Orientale University in 1996. From 2001 to 2017 has been full professor of Italian Literature at the University of Bern. Since 2017 is Director of Istituto di studi italiani.