California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach Italian Studies

The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies at California State University, Long Beach is committed to offering outstanding programs in Italian language, literature and culture to prepare students for careers in the global arena where strong skills in Italian Studies are an asset for professional success. Founded through an Italian-American Community and University partnership, the George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies is equally committed to serving the cultural goals of these communities through events that present and interpret Italian and Italian-American culture.

George L. and Reva Graziadio spent the 59 years of their life together building one of the most dynamic names and reputations in philanthropy today. The Graziadio name is recognized far and wide for the generosity and warmth of spirit of the two people who tirelessly worked together to promote the causes in which they believed and to celebrate the achievements of those they empowered through their gifts.

George and Reva Graziadio brought the Italian Chair Campaign at CSULB to fruition in 1997 with a generous naming gift and founded The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies in 1998. Their contribution, together with the community monies and matching funds from the University, made the CSULB Italian Chair Campaign a model of community-university collaboration benefiting students through the establishment of degree and credential programs. In Fall 2014, the Master of Arts in Italian Studies made its debut at CSULB, representing the latest installment in a growing Italian Studies program that already offers the Minor, Major and Single Subject Credential in Italian.

The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies is a tangible expression of George and Reva Graziadio’s uniquely philanthropic educational vision and their commitment to Italian Studies.

Clorinda Donato is the George L. Graziado Chair of Italian Studies, Director of the Center for Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies, Professor of Italian and French, and Graduate and Undergraduate Advisor. Her research addresses eighteenth-century cultural studies in the areas of knowledge transfer through translation and genre adaptation in encyclopedic compilations and the prose narrative in the global eighteenth century. She also works on gender in medical and literary accounts, the Catholic and Protestant Enlightenments in Italy and Europe, and book history. She has published some fifty articles on these topics, with the reception of the French Enlightenment in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain an area of particular emphasis. She has co-edited three collections and has just finished co-editing a new volume on Jesuit accounts of the Americas. Current book projects include the manuscript “Dissecting Gender in Britain and in Italy: The Case of Catterina Vizzani” and a study of male friendship in Grand Tour Italy.  She also directs the NEH-funded project “French and Italian for Spanish Speakers.”

Hofstra University

Hofstra University, Italian Studies and Italian American Studies

Hofstra University offers a minor in Italian studies or Italian American studies. These are interdisciplinary programs that explore the richness and variety of Italian culture as it developed in Italy and other societies, notably the United States. The course of study offered by our outstanding faculty is supplemented by two study abroad programs, the annual Italian Experience Festival in September, the Italian American Experience Lecture Series, C.I.A.O. (the Cultural Italian American Organization), the office of the Association of Italian American Educators, and the Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professorship in Italian Studies and Italian American Studies.

Stanislao Pugliese is a former research fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Oxford University, Harvard University and the inaugural Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation fellow at the Istituto Campano per la Storia della Resistenza in Naples. For the 2014-15 academic year, he will be a visiting scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, at NYU. In 2005, the Association of Italian American Educators named him College Professor of the Year.

Indiana University, Bloominton

Indiana University, Bloomington, Italian Studies

Welcome to the Indiana University graduate program in Italian Studies. We are a distinguished faculty comprised of six professors with research interests ranging from Dante to Fellini, and from illuminated manuscripts to graphic novels. We regularly offer courses in medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern and contemporary literature and culture, and Italian pedagogy. Recent seminar topics have included the making of Petrarch's Canzoniere, the Italian Pastoral, Il tema della frontiera, cinematic perspectives on the Mafia, 17th- and 18th-century theatre, and Italian mystery fiction.

Faculty and graduate students interact in a variety of ways, from the classroom to informal mentoring, to meetings of the Circolo Italiano. Our students learn how to develop research techniques in all fields of Italian studies, give well-structured presentations, write professional research papers, and share their critical accomplishments in the classroom. Most of our graduate students are employed as Associate Instructors in Italian language courses, where they gain valuable teaching experience and funding to support their studies. They receive excellent training before assuming their teaching responsibilities and continued supervision throughout the academic year. Our best advanced AIs also receive the opportunity to earn experience in course coordination, professional editing, and co-teaching in literature and culture courses. Summer teaching is also available, both through our program in Florence and on the Bloomington campus.

Graduates of our program are well-rounded scholars whose research and teaching experience have served them well. Recent Ph.D. graduates of our program have obtained academic posts at superb universities and colleges such as Notre Dame, Ohio University, Fordham, Gettysburg College, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Gonzaga, Tulane, University of Connecticut, University of Washington, SUNY-Buffalo, Pennsylvania State University, and College of the Holy Cross.

Colleen Ryan has taught courses across the curriculum at IU from the basic language sequence and Italian and Italian American culture courses in translation, to graduate courses on foreign language teaching methods, advanced courses in gender studies, courses on contemporary Italian and Italian American film and literature, and theater workshops including a variety of performances and productions. From 2007 until 2014, Colleen served as Director of Language Instruction for Italian and since 2015, she has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Italian.

John Carroll University

John Carroll University, Italian Studies

Knowledge of Italian is fundamental for those who embrace a career in the humanities and the social sciences, especially in art history, literature, history, music, linguistics, education and international relations.  It is also useful for those who plan a career in various technological fields, in business administrations and in many other professional fields.

The study abroad program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study in Vatican City while earning John Carroll University credits.

Santa Casciani is Professor of Italian language and literature at John Carroll. She has developed undergraduate courses dealing with Italian and Italian American issues. She has published extensively in Italian literature, including work focused on authors such as Dante and Michelangelo. She is also the Director of the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll University.

Lehman College

Lehman College, Italian-American Studies

The Program in Italian-American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on Italian-American experiences as they relate to both the Italian and American contexts. The program provides the student with the opportunity to investigate the social, cultural, psychological, historical, and esthetic dimensions of the Italian-American experience. The Major in Italian-American Studies offers an area of specialization for students who plan graduate training in ethnic studies, and for those who expect to teach in urban areas where there are large numbers of Italian-Americans.

For those students who will pursue advanced degrees in the arts, the humanities, or in the various social and behavioral sciences, a major in both the field of their choice and in Italian-American Studies, a dual major, permits a specialty within the academic discipline. The curriculum has practical applicability to teaching at all levels, and to the service-oriented professions (medicine, psychology, social work, law, etc.). A dual major is required of all students majoring in Italian-American Studies except those preparing to qualify for a provisional certificate in education. In most instances, 12 credits from the second major may serve as part of the Italian-American studies major as well (see outline of requirements below).

In consultation with a member of the Italian-American Studies Committee, each student will formulate an individual program of study, without reference to traditional departmental fields. The program thus offers the opportunity to investigate those features of Italian-American culture that match student interests. Special courses emphasizing research and critical thought, such as seminars and tutorials taught by participating faculty, will be provided to synthesize the work of each student in the major.

Alexandra Coller received her B.A. in Romance Languages (French and Italian) from Hunter College (CUNY) and her doctoral degree from New York University. While at NYU, she offered courses on Dante, Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and Montaigne for the Department of Italian Studies and for the Medieval and Renaissance Center. Dr. Coller held visiting posts at SUNY-Stony Brook in the Department of Comparative and Literary Studies, at Dickinson College in the Department of French and Italian, and at Fairfield University in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She joined Lehman College in August 2010 as an assistant professor where she teaches courses in Italian language, literature, and culture as well as the core curriculum. At Lehman, she serves as the Italian Program Coordinator, the faculty advisor for the Italian Club; in addition, she organizes and presents the Italian Film Series in an effort to ensure that the Italian program forms an integral part of campus life. For the last five years, she has served as a member of the College’s Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee and continues to serve as a member of the Arts Committee. Dr. Coller represents Lehman College at various cultural institutes around the metropolitan area (at NYU’s Casa Italiana, Columbia University’s Italian Academy, and the Italian Cultural Institute). Recently, in collaboration with New York City Opera, Dr. Coller organized and hosted a trip to Lincoln Center to see Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. She is actively involved in organizing such off-campus activities in order to provide our students with the richest possible exposure to cultural events. Her publications on women, gender, drama, early opera, Renaissance books of conduct, and Renaissance tragedy have appeared in The Italianist, Italian Studies, Italian Quarterly, Modern Language Notes, California Italian Studies, and Italica. Her first book, Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy is in press (Routledge, 2017). In addition, Dr. Coller is the editor and translator of two volumes of Italian women’s pastoral drama from the early seventeenth-century for The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series (Toronto), forthcoming in 2017 and 2018. Dr. Coller is currently at work on her second book, Women and Letterati in Italian Dialogues and Treatises of the Late Renaissance (forthcoming, 2020).

Maria Grazia DiPaolo, Professor Emeritus

Loyola University, Chicago, Italian American Studies

Endowed Professorship search postponed until fall of 2017.  More information coming late fall (hopefully).

Montclair State University, Italian and Italian American Studies

Montclair State University, Italian and Italian American Studies

The Theresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Endowed Chair was created through a major gift of Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. and thanks to the support of UNICO National and individual donors. 

Besides teaching and conducting research as part of the regular university position attached to the Inserra Chair, a central responsibility includes the development of research activities and educational initiatives vital to the continued growth of Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University. The Chair offers a regular series of free cultural programs that serve both MSU students and faculty and the residents of the NY/NJ area at large. Since 2011, major artists and scholars from Italy and the U.S. have presented shows, lectures, exhibits, films, dance performances, etc. on a wide array of Italian/Italian American themes (the Humanistic Legacy; Migrations; Futurism; Slow Food) in disciplines as diverse as visual arts, film, theater, music, fashion, art history, design, nutrition, and history.

Notable events include a lecture-exhibit by 2011 MacArthur Fellow Ubaldo Vitali; a lecture-show by renowned Corriere della Sera journalist Gian Antonio Stella; the award winning play Noise in the Waters by Teatro delle Albe; a talk by acclaimed avant-garde theatre director Romeo Castellucci; a round table and guided tour about Renzo Piano’s architecture in Manhattan; a concert-workshop by the highly regarded Sicilian music duo I Fratelli Mancuso; a multi-media presentation with dance choreographer Emio Greco; a lecture with Amara Lakous; a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri; and a presentation on sustainability by Andrea Illy of illycaffè.

Teresa Fiore holds the Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies,* and serves as Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Spanish and Italian. 

She received her B.A. in Italy (University of Trieste) and her Ph.D. in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego (2002). The recipient of several fellowships (De Bosis at Harvard University, Rockefeller at Bellagio, and Fulbright), she has been Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University (2007), NYU (2008), and Rutgers University (2009). Between 2011 and 2017 she has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU. For her publications and academic presentations, see Specialization section and full CV below. 

The Theresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Endowed Chair was created through a major gift of Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. and thanks to the support of UNICO National and individual donors. Besides the regular duties of a professor (teaching, research, and service), the responsibilities of the Chair include the development of research projects, cultural programs, and educational activities vital to the continued growth of Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University. Teresa Fiore started in this position in Jan. 2011. 

Purdue University, Italian Studies

Purdue University, Italian Studies

The Italian program offers language (levels I-VI), literature, film, and culture courses. It offers an interdisciplinary major in Italian Studies as part of the IDIS Program, in conjunction with courses from the School of Languages and Cultures, Visual and Performing Arts, and History. The School of Languages and Cultures also offers a minor in Italian.

Benjamin Lawton is Associate Professor of Italian, Interim Director of Film & Video Studies, and Chair of Italian Studies. He teaches at Purdue University and writes about cultural construction in cinema. Translator of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Heretical Empiricism (Indiana University Press, 1988; New Academia Publishing, 2005), Lawton has edited over fifteen volumes on film studies, cultural studies, and Romance languages and literatures. Most recently, with Elena Coda, he co-edited Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective (Purdue University Press, 2016).

Queens College with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Queens College, Italian-American Studies

The Italian-American Studies minor at Queens College is the oldest such college program in existence. Founded in 1973 by Richard Gambino, the program reflects the extraordinary ethnic diversity of New York City’s population and the commitment of Queens College to a multicultural education. Italian-American Studies derives its inspiration from the conviction that ethnicity has been an essential element in both our national development and in the shaping of our individual identities.

Italian-American Studies offers intellectually challenging and culturally enriching courses dealing with the Italian experience in the United States. The curriculum was redesigned in 2000 to meet the needs and interests of students facing the challenges of the 21st century. Our approach is interdisciplinary and rests on the belief that knowledge of Italian history and culture is essential to understanding the Italian presence in American society. The program offers courses in three broad areas: Cultural Studies (literature, film studies, Italian language, art, and music), The Social and Political Heritage (history, political science, sociology, and ethnic studies), and Language Studies (all levels of Italian language).

In Fall 2012, four graduate courses in Italian-American Studies were approved by Queens College and the CUNY Board of Trustees and constitute an option in at least two MA programs at Queens College: the MALS (Master of Artes in Liberal Studies) and the M.A. in Italian. The course titles are: Problematics in Italian/American CultureItalian Americans and Ethnic Relations: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of InterculturalismItalian American LiteratureItalian/American Cinema: Production and Representation. Professor Gardaphé and Dean Tamburri worked closely with Professors Haller (Italian), Jones (Chair, ELL), Jordan (Chair, MALS), and Paulicelli (Italian) in order to make this a reality. The first course — Italian American Literature — was offered in Spring 2013.

In addition to course offerings from a wide range of academic departments, Italian-American Studies cooperates with faculty teaching in interdisciplinary programs such as Women’s Studies, Film Studies, and other ethnic studies programs.

The Italian-American Studies Program works closely with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Credit-earning internships and practicum experience are available to students through the Calandra Institute.

Fred Gardaphe is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. He is Associate Editor of Fra Noi, editor of the Series in Italian American Culture at State University of New York Press, and co-founding-co-editor of Voices in Italian Americana. He is past President of MELUS and current President of the Working Class Studies Association. His books include Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative; Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer; Moustache Pete is Dead!; Italian/American Oral Tradition Preserved in Print; Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Studies; From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster; and The Art of Reading Italian Americana. His edited books include: New Chicago Stories, Italian American Ways; and From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana and Anti-Italianism. His most recent book is Importato dall’Italia, a collection of short fiction, translated into Italian. He is an editor of I-Italy.org and hosts the monthly webcast, Nota Bene, on http://www.livestream.com/italics. He is a Fulbright Scholar to Italy (Spring 2011) where he taught a course in American Identities through Humor. He is currently at work on a novel and a study of irony and humor in American culture.

Seton Hall, Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute

Seton Hall, Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute

The Alberto Institute was founded in 2003 thanks to the generous donation by Charles and Joan Alberto given in the support of the Italian Studies program at Seton Hall University. 

Inaugurated at a May 4, 2004 ceremony in the Walsh Library, the Alberto Institute has been established to coordinate Seton Hall University's many activities relating to Italian and Italian American history and culture, to sponsor cultural events and to promote curriculum development and community outreach.

Gabriella Romani is Associate Professor of Italian at Seton Hall University. She received a Laurea from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. At Seton Hall she also directs the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute and the Summer Study-Abroad Program in Rome.

She is the author of Postal Culture: Writing and Reading Italy in Post-Unification Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2013), co-editor of Writing to Delight: Italian Short Stories by Nineteenth-Century Women Writers (University of Toronto Press, 2006),  The Printed Media in fin-siècle Italy(Legenda, UK, 2011), and The Formation of a National Audience in Italy, 1750-1890: Readers and Spectators of Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2017).She edited and introduced Edith Bruck's Letter to My Mother (New York: MLA Texts and Translations Series, 2007) as well as Edmondo De Amicis, Impressioni di Roma (Venice: Marsilio, 2011)  Her main field of research is late Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture. She is particularly interested in the relationship between author, publisher and reader at a time of great development in the late nineteenth-century Italian printed media and by the way in which high and low forms of cultural productions interacted with each other. She has also researched and published on questions of identity formation in Migrant and Holocaust Literature.

St. John's University, Italian Cultural Center

St. John's University, Italian Cultural Center

The Italian Cultural Center, established at St. John's in 1992, conducts various educational and cultural activities that increase the awareness of Italian-Americans of their heritage, and strives to foster a greater appreciation of the significant contributions of Italians to American culture. With pride, the Center seeks to preserve, communicate, and celebrate Italian and Italian-American culture, values, and heritage while supporting the mission of the University.

Additionally the Center strives to:

  • promote Italy, its language, literature and culture
  • inform the community of Italy's contribution to architecture, art, music, literature, medicine, mathematics, philosophy,theology, science, law and every field of human endeavor
  • present cultural events, such as concerts, operas, plays and exhibits; enhance opportunities for the study of the Italian language, literature and culture
  • enlarge the St. John's library collection of publications covering the contribution of Italy and the Italian-American experience
  • create exhibits for Italian art and artifacts; present workshops in art, music and theater
  • and provide scholarships to students for study in Italy.

Louis J. Gesualdi is Professor of Sociology at the College of Professional Studies, St. John’s University. As a sociologist, as a teacher and as a person Louis J. Gesualdi is dedicated to contributing to the areas of learning and knowledge within an ethic of truth and objectivity. This involves extensive reading, interacting with other scholars, conducting research, acquiring funding when necessary to support my research and disseminating the findings of my research. With these standards in mind, four of his achievements stand as particularly significant and distinguished.  They are: 1.) The publication of my book The Bad Things You Have Heard about Italian Americans Are Wrong by The Edwin Mellen Press, 2014.  2.) The  publication of my book The Italian Immigrants of Connecticut, 1880 to 1940 by The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997. The Academy is the third oldest learned society in America, and is affiliated with Yale University. The research of the thousands of pages in the WPA files which form the basis of this book was funded in part by a Summer Grant from St. John’s University. 3.) The publication of my revised thesis The Religious Acculturation of the Italian American Catholics: Cultural and Socioeconomic Factors by the John D. Calandra Institute of the City University of New York, 1997. This manuscript began while I was a fellow at Fordham University. 4.) The grant he received from The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism in the form of the Hibernian Research Award to study Irish American Catholics in Connecticut. These achievements are recognition of his scholarship and add to the knowledge base. Furthermore, in the classroom, he is able to cite firsthand from his own research and publications. he has found this to be one of many useful tools towards generating keen interest on the part of the students. In addition, these citations of his own thinking and writing processes are part of the motivation and guidance to the students’ thinking and writing. Incidentally, in this time period when college graduates are said to be lacking in thinking and writing skills Gesualdi considers it a significant achievement to be able to state that the students in his classes are not only required to write a short paper and answer test questions in essay form but that they successfully complete these requirements after receiving instruction and guidance in his classes. This reinforces the writing skills taught in other classes. His email is gesualdi@stjohns.edu and his work phone number is 718-990-6472. 

Stony Brook University, The Center for Italian Studies

Stony Brook University, The Center for Italian Studies

Since its establishment in 1985, the Center for Italian Studies has become an integral part of the Italian and Italian-American community on Long Island. Its mission is multifaceted: 

  • First, to stimulate interdisciplinary research by the local academic community on issues that encourage a better understanding of Italy and of Italian Americans;
  • Second, to become a national and international focus for Italian and Italian American affairs;
  • Third, to promote a better understanding of Italy and of Italian Americans by bringing the latest scholarly findings on Italy and Italian Americans to the general public as well as by organizing cultural activities of general interest.

The Center for Italian Studies takes pride in its efforts to focus both on scholarly endeavors as well as cultural enrichment for the community.

One of the nation's premiere authorities on Italian and Italian American studies, Peter Carravetta, PhD, was named Stony Brook University’s first Alfonse M. D’Amato Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies in 2008. An author, artist and translator, Carravetta secured both a Fulbright Junior Research Grant in 1999 and a Fulbright Senior Lectureship Award in 2003, and has published more than 100 articles and shorter works, as well as several full length studies of literary theory and rhetoric. Born in Italy, he is also the current coordinator of Stony Brook’s Italian American Studies department. 

Carravetta received his BA in English from City College (CUNY) in 1973, his MA in Italian from City College in 1975, and his PhD from New York University in 1983. He joined the faculty at Queens College in that same year, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991 and became a full professor in 1992.  

His diverse research interests include Italian and French critical theory, postmodernism, Italian American studies, migration and post-colonial studies, early modern Europe, and poetics. His informed and innovative approaches to these topics have resulted in his being selected for visiting professorships at the University of Rome II (Tor Vergata), University of Calabria (UNICAL), the University of Paris VIII (University of Vincennes in Saint-Denis), Middlebury College, and Columbia University.

University of Illinois, Chicago, Italian and Italian American Studies

University of Illinois, Chicago, Italian and Italian American Studies

Add a minor in Italian and Italian American Studies to your major and more professional opportunities will open up for you! Employers in the fields of business, law, communication, fashion, tourism (among others) seek for candidates who are proficient in one (or more!) foreign language and culture. Job interviewers will value your open-mindedness, your ability to read analytically and think critically, your knowledge of history and understanding of Italian culture and society in its development. Our courses expose students to the most innovative critical, analytical, and theoretical approaches in Italian studies today, providing a solid foundation for advanced and postgraduate studies. Students report that their training in Italian significantly enhanced their professional and academic opportunities.

Chiara Fabbian is Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Italian Language Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a laurea in Classics from the University of Padova, an M.A from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include eighteenth to twentieth-century Italian literature, literature and anthropology, women’s writing, curriculum development. She received numerous Fellowships and Awards for her teaching and research. She served as President of the Women Studies Caucus (AAIS), Secretary of the Women Studies Caucus (AAIS), Secretary of
Italidea-Midwest and twice as AATI Midwest Representative. Her office phone is 312-355-8485, and her email is cfabbian@uic.edu

University of Minnesota, Immigration History Research Center

University of Minnesota, Immigration History Research Center

Founded in 1965, the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) aims to transform the way in which we understand immigration in the past and present. Along with its partner, the IHRC Archives (University Libraries), it is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life in North America.

We promote interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the world through monthly seminars and research grants. We connect US immigration history research to contemporary immigrant and refugee communities through our Immigrant Stories project. We advance public dialogue about immigration with timely programs that draw audiences from around the corner and around the world. We support teaching and learning at all levels, and develop archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences for future generations.

Erika Lee is an award-winning American historian, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarly specialties include migration, race and ethnicity; Asian Americans; transnational U.S. history; and immigration law and public policy. Her new book, The Making of Asian America: A History was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015 to wide acclaim. Reviewed in The New York Times, the New Yorker, the LA Times, among other places, it was named a Best Nonfiction Book of 2015 by the Kirkus Reviews, a "10 Can't-Miss History Books of 2015" by History Buffs, and was awarded the 2015 -2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Adult Non-Fiction from the American Library Association. She is also the author or co-author of the award winning books Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (with Judy Yung, Oxford University Press, 2010) and At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (University of North Carolina Press, 2003) as well as many articles on immigration law and Asian American immigration. She has been awarded numerous national and university fellowships and awards for her research, teaching, and leadership. She is an active public scholar and has been an invited speaker at universities, historical societies, and community organizations around the U.S. and internationally.

University of Wisconsin, Madison Italian Studies

University of Wisconsin, Madison Italian Studies

From antiquity well beyond the Renaissance, the Italian peninsula was widely considered to be at the center of Western culture. Now, in the 21st century, Italy continues to influence our understanding of the human experience thanks to a tradition of prolific cultural production and intellectual thought.

The first class in Italian at UW-Madison was offered in the 1850s, and Italian language courses became a regular part of UW-Madison curriculum in academic year 1887-88. Italian at UW-Madison remains one of the oldest and most important Italian programs in the world.

UW-Madison students of Italian develop their proficiency in the language while discovering the region's history, literature, art, architecture and film in one of the largest and most successful Italian programs in the US. Italian faculty are worldly-renowned experts in literature, culture, history, film, and art, from the Middle Ages to the present. A combination of dynamic course offerings, on-campus immersion opportunities, study abroad and a variety of outreach events in Madison make the study of Italian a constantly evolving and enriching experience.

Grazia Menechella is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor. She specializes in 19th and twentieth-century literature, theories of irony and parody, women writers, and cultural studies, and she has published on Giorgio Manganelli, Alberto Moravia, Romana Petri, and popular culture.