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Italian American Studies guide

to offer good sources of material on the study of Italian Americans past and present


Italian American Studies is the examination of the history of Italians in the United States, in particular the mass migration period of 1880-1920. The purpose of this research guide is to introduce Queens College students to the variety of sources available as one begins research in Italian American studies at our library, and to point out some of the seminal books and media on this topic. 
To understand what books are available on your topic, you can search doing a keyword search  in our library’s OneSearch discovery tool, typing ‘Italian American’ and a key term (such as stereotypes, religion, culture, demographics, etc.), which should yield a number of books on the subject that the library owns.  Bibliographies on Italian American studies, are useful for advanced students and researchers, with the most important published ones by Giovanni Schiavo (1947), Olga Peragallo (1949), Francesco Cordasco (1974 and 1978), and Fred L. Gardaphe (1995 and 2000).

Highlighting Our Faculty

Queens College's Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies, Dr. Fred Gardaphe, has published an overview of Italian-American Literature appearing in Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Fred L. Gardaphe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976), a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Chicago (1982) and his Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1993) with an emphasis on cultural criticism and American multicultural literature.

A leading expert in the field, Gardaphe is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies. He directs the Italian American Studies Program at Queens College, City University of New York and also works at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Previously he helped to create the Italian American Studies program at Stony Brook University, which he directed from 1998-2008. He taught five years at the high school level before taking a position in English and Educational Studies at Columbia College in Chicago. At Columbia College he created and taught writing, literature courses and courses in Italian American film and literature from 1978-1998.

Distinguished Professor in English and Italian American Studies  
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Room 1700  

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