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

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

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



New Italian Migrations to the United States, Volume 2, Art and Culture since 1945, Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, Eds. University of Illinois Press, 2017.

New Italian Migrations to the United States, Volume 1, Politics and History since 1945, Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, Eds. University of Illinois Press, 2017.

Italian Americans and Television, Jonathan Cavallero and Laura E. Ruberto, Eds, special issue of Italian American Review, Spring, Volume 6, Number 2, 2016

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.

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.



Threshold (Sulla soglia), Gianna Manzini (translation by Laura E. Ruberto and Irena Stanic Rasin), Introduction by Laura E. Ruberto, New York: Italica Press, 2016.

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.



Migrating Objects: Italian American Museums and the Creation of Collective Identity” (Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, co-authored), Altreitalie, Vol. 5, 2018, 131-156.

‘Hot-Blooded Eye-talian’ Women: The Lascivious and Desperate Post-World War II Italian Immigrant in U.S. Cinema,” in New Italian Migrations to the United States: Volume II: Art and Culture, Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, Eds, Ubrana, IL: Illinois University Press, 2017, 65-92.

“Italian Neorealism and Transnational Horizons” (Laura E. Ruberto and Kristi M. Wilson, co-authored), in  A Companion to Italian Cinema, Ed. Frank Burke, New York: Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2017, 139-156 .

“Al di la di Sabato Rodia: Qualche appunto sugli ambienti Italo-Californiani,” Osservatorio Outsider Art Palermo, Fall 2016, 56-79.

“Italian Films, New York City Television, and the Work of Martin Scorsese” A Companion to Martin Scorsese, Ed. Aaron Baker, New York: Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2015, 53-70.

“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.

Dopo il neorealismo, sull’esempio di Rossellini: una svolta nel cinema mondiale,” Co-authored with Kristi M. Wilson. Quaderni di Cinemasud: Periodico di cultura cinematografica. 3(2), 2006, 181-183.

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

Board Member,  Italian American Review, 2017-2020.

Film and Digital Media Review Editor, Italian American Review, 2009 to 2016.



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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