Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Smith College
Website URL
Italian women, Italian immigrants, anarchism, whiteness, Italian Americans, Italian American women, working-class women, race, class, gender
Additional Contact Information
On leave 2018-19

Personal Info

About Me

Jennifer Guglielmo specializes in the histories of labor, race, women, migration, transnational cultures and activisms, and revolutionary social movements in the late 19th- and 20th-century United States. She has published on a range of topics, including working-class feminisms, anarchism, whiteness and the Italian diaspora.

Guglielmo is currently engaged in a collaborative community-based public history/digital humanities project with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Matahari Women Workers Center in Boston. Together they are developing tools for domestic workers and organizers to access historical knowledge and archival evidence and use history as an organizing tool. Her research includes the history of domestic worker organizing in the United States in several locations, including California and Texas, as well New York City and New Jersey, in the 19th and early 20th centuries. She is also collecting and translating short essays written in Italian by immigrant women anarchists in early 20th-century New York City and northeastern New Jersey, to be reprinted in her next book, My Rebellious Heart: A Documentary History of Italian Women’s Anarchism in the United States.

Recent Publications

Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press (Gender and American Culture Series), 2010.

Winner, 2011 Marraro Book Award, Society for Italian Historical Studies and the American Historical Association

Winner, 2010 Theodore Saloutos Book Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society

Honorable Mention, 2010 First Book Award, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2010

Are Italians White? How Race Is Made in America. Co-edited with Salvatore Salerno. New York: Routledge, 2003. Translated into Italian: Gli Italiani Sono Bianchi? Come l’America ha costruito la razza. Milan: Il Saggiatore Press, 2006.

“Rising and Falling and Rising.” In On Second Thought: Learned Women Reflect on Profession, Community, Purpose. Ed. Luisa Del Giudice. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017: 215-237.

“How la Sartina Became a Labor Migrant.” In Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora. Eds. Joseph Sciorra and Edvige Giunta. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014: 169-192.

“Transnational Feminism’s Radical Past: Lessons from Italian Immigrant Women Anarchists in Industrializing America.” Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 2010): 10-33.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Migration & Immigration, Public History, Race, Urban History, Women