Meet the Editors
Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto is a Humanities professor at Berkeley City College, where she teaches courses in film studies and cultural studies. She has been a Fulbright Faculty Scholar to Italy and her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is co-editor of the Fordham University Press series Critical Studies in Italian America.
Her most recent books are the co-edited volumes New Italian Migrations to the United States: Vol. 1: Politics and History since 1945 and Vol. 2: Art and Culture since 1945 (University of Illinois Press, 2017). Her publications also include the authored Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women’s Work in Italy and the U.S. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), the co-edited special issue of the Italian American Review on Italian Americans and Television and the co-edited volumes Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2007) and Bakhtin and the Nation(Bucknell University Press, 1999), and the translations, Such Is Life, Ma la vita e’ fatta cosi: A Memoir (Bordighera, 2010) and Threshold (Italica Press, 2016).
Joseph Sciorra is director of Academic and Cultural Programs at John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, a Queens College (CUNY) research institute. Receiving his Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, Sciorra has conducted ethnographic research on vernacular expressivity and published on religious practices, material culture, and popular music. He served as editor of the social science and cultural studies journal Italian American Review (2009-2016) and Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives (Fordham University Press, 2011), coeditor of Neapolitan Postcards: The Canzone Napoletana as Transnational Subject (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) and Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora(University Press of Mississippi, 2014), and the author of Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City (University of Tennessee Press, 2015), which won the Italian American Studies Association 2016 book award. He recently coedited, with Laura E. Ruberto, a two-volume anthology titled New Italian Migrations to the United States, Vol. 1: Politics and History Since 1945 and New Italian Migrations to the United States, Vol. 2: Art and Culture Since 1945 (University of Illinois Press, 2017).
I am a Graduate Student in Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My research project about cultural mobility, Traveling Sounds, examines the Italian diaspora in the United States through the study of sounds and musical practices related to religion, politics, and everyday life. I founded La Stiva, an organization that promotes social engagement and the emergence of artistic production among young audiences in depressed areas in Sicily. My interests include Italian fascism, media studies, and popular culture. I completed my BA (Music Studies) and MA (Musicology) at the Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy), and my MA (Music) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
I now serve as the Editor of H-ItalianDiaspora as Resources/Link Curator
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