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Italian American Studies Association 2023: Virtual Book Exhibit

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After over ten years publishing award-winning monographs and edited collections, the reboot of the Critical Studies in Italian America series, which first emerged from the field of Italian American Studies, further broadens its original comparative diasporic model.

Critical Studies in Italian Migrations

Edited by Nancy C. Carnevale, Montclair State University, and Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College

This series publishes scholarship on Italian migrations, mobilities, and other related transnational concerns. Authors include both emerging and established scholars with differing theoretical and methodological approaches, all rooted in humanities and social science disciplines. Books in the series seek to engage and extend questions of identity and community pertinent to the fields of ethnic studies, gender studies, and migration studies, among others.  

Award winners

Winner, Immigration and Ethnic History Society First Book Award

Whom We Shall Welcome examines World War II immigration of Italians to the United States, an under-studied period in Italian immigration history. Danielle Battisti looks at efforts by Italian American organizations to foster Italian immigration along with the lobbying efforts of Italian Americans to change the quota laws. While Italian Americans (and other white ethnics) had attained virtual political and social equality with many other groups of older-stock Americans by the end of the war, Italians continued to be classified as undesirable immigrants. Her work is an important contribution toward understanding the construction of Italian American racial/ethnic identity in this period, the role of ethnic groups in U.S. foreign policy in the Cold War era, and the history of the liberal immigration reform movement that led to the 1965 Immigration Act.

Winner, 2015 John G. Cawelti Award for Best Textbook in Popular and American Cultural History
from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

How do immigrants and their children forge their identities in a new land—and how does the ethnic culture they create thrive in the larger society? Making Italian America brings together new scholarship on the cultural history of consumption, immigration, and ethnic marketing to explore these questions by focusing on the case of an ethnic group whose material culture and lifestyles have been central to American life: Italian Americans.

Winner of the American Association for Italian Studies Book Prize (20th & 21st Centuries)

By linking Italy’s long history of emigration to all continents in the world, contemporary transnational migrations directed toward it, as well as the country’s colonial legacies, Fiore’s book poses Italy as a unique laboratory to rethink national belonging at large in our era of massive demographic mobility. Through an interdisciplinary cultural approach, the book finds traces of globalization in a past that may hold interesting lessons about inclusiveness for the present.

2022 Modern Greek Studies Association Vassiliki Karagiannaki Best Edited Book Prize

Redirecting Ethnic Singularity: Italian Americans and Greek Americans in Conversation contributes to U.S. ethnic and immigration studies by bringing into conversation scholars working in the fields of Italian American and Greek American studies in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The work moves beyond the “single group” approach—an approach that privileges the study of ethnic singularity––to explore instead two ethnic groups in relation to each other in the broader context of the United States.

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