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Making Italian AmericaConsumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities$

Simone Cinotto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256235

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256235.001.0001

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(p.303) Contributors

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Making Italian America
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  • Danielle Battisti is assistant professor of history at the University of Nebraska–Omaha. She is writing a study of Italian Americans and the politics of immigration reform in the post–World War II era. She is the author of “The American Committee on Italian Migration, Anti-Communism, and Immigration Reform,” Journal of American Ethnic History (Winter 2012).

  • Marcella Bencivenni is associate professor of history at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. She is the author of Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States (New York University Press, 2011) and coeditor with Ron Hayduk of “Radical Perspectives in Immigration,” a special issue of Socialism and Democracy (November 2008).

  • Giorgio Bertellini is associate professor in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. His most recent publications include the award-winning Italy in Early American Cinema: Race, Landscape, and the Picturesque (Indiana University Press, 2010), Italian and English editions of Emir Kusturica (Editrice Il Castoro, 2011; University of Illinois Press, 2014), and the anthology Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader (John Libbey / Indiana University Press, 2013).

  • Vittoria Caterina Caratozzolo teaches courses in fashion theory at the “Sapienza” University of Rome. Her article “A Safety Pin for Elizabeth: Hard-Edge Accessorizing from Punk Subculture to High Fashion” appears in Exchanging Clothes: Habits of Being 2, edited by Cristina Giorcelli and Paula Rabinowitz (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). She is a contributor to the exhibit catalogue The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945–2014 (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2014) with her essay “Reorienting Fashion: Italy’s Wayfinding after World War II.”

  • Simone Cinotto teaches history at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy, where he is the director of the master’s program in Food Culture and Communications: Food, Place, and Identities. He is the author of The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and Soft Soil, Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California (New York University Press, 2012).

  • John Gennari is associate professor of English and U.S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Blowin’ Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics (University of Chicago Press, 1996) and is completing a book manuscript on Italian American and African American intersections in music, film, sports, food, and other forms of expressive culture.

  • Ervin Kosta is assistant professor of sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He conducts research on the remapping of the neighborhood structure of American urban areas as gentrification, immigration, and new labor relations replace Fordist dynamics of city building. He is currently working on a book manuscript on ethnic identity in Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

  • Stefano Luconi teaches U.S. history at the University of Padua. His publications include From Paesani to White Ethnics: The Italian Experience in Philadelphia (SUNY Press, 2001) and The Italian-American Vote in Providence, Rhode Island, 1916–1948 (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004).

  • (p.304) Dominique Padurano is an independent scholar and the author of several articles on gender and ethnic identity, including, “ ‘Dear Friend’: Charles Atlas, American Masculinity, and the Bodybuilding Testimonial, 1894–1944,” in Testimonial Advertising in the American Marketplace: Emulation, Identity, Community, edited by Marlis Schweitzer and Marina Moskowitz (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Dr. Padurano is currently working on a cultural biography of Charles Atlas.

  • Fabio Parasecoli is associate professor and coordinator of food studies at the New School in New York City. Recent publications include Food Culture in Italy (Greenwood, 2004) and Bite Me! Food in Popular Culture (Berg, 2008). He is general editor with Peter Scholliers of the six-volume Cultural History of Food (Berg, 2012).

  • Courtney Ritter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation links the emergence of a distinct style of early Italian television programming to the postwar project to democratize that nation.

  • Maddalena Tirabassi is the director of the Centro Altreitalie on Italian Migration and the editor of Altreitalie. She is vice president of AEMI (European Migration Institutions). Her publications include I motori della memoria: Le donne piemontesi in Argentina (Rosenberg & Sellier, 2010) and Itinera: Paradigmi delle migrazioni italiane (Edizioni della Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli, 2005).

  • Donald Tricarico is professor of sociology at CUNY/Queensborough. His work has focused on changing forms of urban ethnic culture in New York, commencing with the 1984 publication of The Italians of Greenwich Village. His interest in urban Italian American culture centers on the youth subculture known as Guido.

  • Elizabeth Zanoni is assistant professor in the Department of History at Old Dominion University. She is the author of “ ‘Per Voi, Signore’: Gendered Representations of Fashion, Food, and Fascism in Il Progresso Italo-Americano during the 1930s,” Journal of American Ethnic History (Spring 2012) and “Transitions in Gender Ratios among International Migrants, 1820–1930” with Donna Gabaccia in Social Science History (Summer 2012).