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Franco Mattei

Published August 22, 2013

Franco Mattei, associate professor emeritus of history, died Aug. 11 while visiting family in Florence, Italy.

Mattei earned a MA in political science from Ohio State and a PhD in political science from the University of Florence.

He joined the UB faculty in 1992 after serving as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Rochester and a senior cultural specialist in the Cultural Affairs Office of the American Embassy in Rome.

A specialist in presidential and congressional elections, presidential nominating campaigns and voting behavior, he also served as director for graduate studies and chair of the Department of Political Science.

He retired from UB in 2011.

Services were held on Aug. 14.