Fred L. Gardaphe

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

You can find my short CV here.

Research Interests

I am interested in the interactions of American ethnicity and race as well as the field of Italian Diaspora Studies. I also regularly review books for Choice, the Fra Noi Newspaper, The Italian American Review and Voices in Italian Americana.

Teaching Interests

Beyond courses in Italian American literature and film, I work in the field of Italian Diaspora Studies, U.S. American humor (Comedy and Satire) and Introduction to Literary Studies.

Selected Publications
Works in Progress

Over the Edge: Humor and Irony in Italian American Culture. Solicited by Penn State University Press series in American Humor. Expected completion: Spring 2023.


Read’em and Reap: Gambling on Italian American Literature. New York: Bordighera Press, 2017.

Segni italiani, strade americane: l’evoluzione della letteratura italiana americana. Trans. Alessandra Senzani. Firenze: Franco Cesati Editore, 2012.

The Art of Reading Italian Americana. New York: Bordighera Press, 2011.

From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster. New York: Routledge. 2006.

Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Culture. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2003.

Moustache Pete is Dead: Evviva Baffo Pietro! (Italian American Oral Tradition Preserved in Print). W. Lafayette, IN: Bordighera, Inc., 1997.

Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian/American Narrative. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996.

Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 1996.

The Italian American Writer: An Essay and Annotated Checklist. Spencertown, NY: Forkroads Publications, 1995.