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Laura E. Ruberto ~ Education/Research (highlights)


Ph.D.   University of California, San Diego, 1999   (Department of Literature)

M.A.     San Francisco State University, 1994   (Department of World and Comparative Literature)

B.A.      University of California, Davis, 1991   (Department of Italian; Department of English; Department of Psychology)



Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women’s Work in Italy and the U.S., Laura E. Ruberto, Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2007/2010.

Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema, Laura E. Ruberto and Kristi M. Wilson, Eds. Wayne State University Press, 2007.

Such is Life: an Italian American Woman’s Memoir, Leonilde Frieri Ruberto (translation & preface, Laura E. Ruberto), Introduction by Ilaria Serra, New York: Bordighera Press, 2010.

Immigration to the American West, invited guest editor, Laura E. Ruberto, special issue of The Journal of the West, 2004.

Bakhtin and the Nation, San Diego Bakhtin Circle (Barry Brown, Christopher Conway, Rhett Gambol, Susan Kalter, Laura E. Ruberto, Tomás Taraborrelli, and Donald Wesling), Eds. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 1999.



“Italian Films, New York City Television, and Martin Scorsese’s Neorealism” A Companion to Martin Scorsese, edited by Aaron Baker, New York: Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2015

“A California Detour on the Road to Italy: The Hubcap Ranch, the Napa Valley, and Italian American Identity,” Sabato Rodia and the Watts Towers in Los Angeles:  Art, Migrations, Development, Ed. Luisa del Giudice, Fordham University Press, 2014, 109-124.

Always Italian, Still Foreign: Connecting Women’s Lives Through Transnational Migration,” La Questione Meridionale, Num. 2, Feb. 2011, 77-97.

Neorealism and Contemporary European Immigration,” Neorealism and Global Cinema, Eds. Laura Ruberto and Kristi M. Wilson, Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 242-258, 2007.

“Grains of Truth: Rice, Labor, and Cultural Identity,” In Our Own Voices: MultidisciplinaryPerspectives on Italian and Italian American Women, Ed. Elizabeth G. Messina, Florida Atlantic University: Bordighera Press, 2003.

CON LE NOSTRE MANI: Italian Americans at Work in the East Bay,” authored with Teri Ann Bengiveno and Kathleen L. Rogers, Italian Immigrants Go West: The Impact of Locale on Ethnicity, Eds. Janet E. Worrall, Carol Bonomo Albright, and Elvira G. Di Fabio, Cambridge, MA: American Italian Historical Association, 2003, 1-9.

Where Did the Goodfellas Learn How to Cook? Gender, Labor, and the Italian American Experience,” Italian Americana: Cultural and Historical Review, Summer 2003, 164-176.

“La contadina si ribella: Gendered Resistance in L’Agnese va a morire.” Romance Languages Annual. Vol. IX, 1998, 328-335.

“Immigrants Speak: Italian Literature from the Border.” Forum Italicum. 3 (1), 1997, 127-144.



Book Series Co-Editor, Critical Studies in Italian America, Fordham University Press, 2009 to present

Film and Digital Media Review Editor, Italian American Review, 2009 to present.



Fulbright Scholar Research Award, Italy, Universita’ di Napoli, Federico II, 2006.(Related BLOG: )

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute (at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture), “Material Culture of New York City,” 2011.


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