Director of Italian American Studies
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Room 1700
You can find my short CV here.
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.
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.
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.