Announcement: New Editors of H-ItalianDiaspora

Joseph Sciorra's picture
Announcements Administration
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Ethnic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Italian History / Studies

We are happy to announce that H-ItalianDiaspora has accepted four new editors who will soon collectively take on the general management and editing of the network. The four scholars who will make up the new editorial team are:

  • Simone Brioni (Associate Professor, Department of English, and Affiliate Faculty, Department of Africana Studies, Stony Brook University and Visiting Professor at Sapienza, Università di Roma) works on Italy’s migration cultures and the legacy and memory of Italian colonialism in Italy and East Africa.
  • Francesco Ricatti (Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies and coordinator of European Languages at Monash University) is a leading scholar of Italian migration to Australia, and also conducts digital and participatory research with migrant communities around the world through his Youth in the City research initiative.
  • Barbara Spadaro (Lecturer in Italian History and Culture at the University of Liverpool, UK), works on transnational history and transcultural memory focusing on Italian mobilities, North Africa and the Mediterranean, and on graphic narratives in language and culture pedagogy. 
  • Gaoheng Zhang (Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia and Member of the Executive Committee in the UBC Centre for Migration Studies) works on Italy’s global history and networks by focusing on Chinese-Italian cultural exchanges, especially through migrations between the two countries.

We are excited by the vision Barbara, Francesco, Gaoheng, and Simone are bringing to the network and particularly pleased by their interdisciplinary fields, transnational perspectives, and international positions (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States).


We will stay on during a transition period for the first part of 2021.


Over the past four years our reimagining of this rechristened and revamped H-ItalianDiaspora network has sought to provide a fresh and dynamic space for various announcements pertaining to the field. We are confident that our four colleagues will build on that work.


Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra

Contact Info: 

Laura E. Ruberto, Ph.D.

Humanities Program

Department of Arts and Cultural Studies

Berkeley City College

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellow 2020-2021

Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley 2020-2021


Joseph Sciorra, Ph.D.
Director, Academic and Cultural Programs
Editorial Director, Italian American Review
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Queens College, City University of New York