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Jennifer Guglielmo
Associate Professor, Chair

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Jennifer Guglielmo specializes in the histories of labor, race, women, migration, transnational cultures and activisms, wokring-class communities, and revolutionary social movements in the late-nineteenth and twentieth-century United States. She has a BA in history and women's studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in history from the University of New Mexico, and a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota. She taught at SUNY-New Paltz, Ulster County Community College, and William Paterson University before joining the Smith College faculty in 2003. She is a recipient of Smith College's Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Guglielmo is the author of Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), which won the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award for best book in U.S. immigration history from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Book Prize from the American Historical Association and Society for Italian Historical Studies, and Honorable Mention from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' First Book Prize. She also received the Organization of American Historians Lerner-Scott Prize in 2003 for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history, and her work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and the American Association of University Women.

Guglielmo’s books also include Are Italians White? How Race Is Made In America (co-edited with Salvatore Salerno; Routledge, 2003), which was published in Italy as Gli Italiani sono bianchi? Come l'America ha costruito la razza (Milan: Il Saggiatore, 2006) and Elvira Catello e la “Lux” tra utopia e libertà. Una pacifista pugliese a New York nel 1900, a collaboration with Mario Gianfrate and Vito Antonio Leuzzi (Bari: Edizione del Sud, 2011).

Her essays include the following:

-- "Transnational Feminism's Radical Past: Lessons from Italian Immigrant Women Anarchists in Industrializing America." Journal of Women's History, Volume 22, Number 1 (Spring 2010): 10-33. Download essay here.

-- "Women Writing Resistance: Teaching Italian Immigrant Women's Radical Testimonies." Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 19:3 (Fall 2007): 14-28. Download essay here.

-- “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.

-- “Rebel Girls.” In Italian American Writers on New Jersey: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose. Eds. Jennifer Gillan, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and Edvige Giunta. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003: 68-84.

-- “Italian Women’s Proletarian Feminism in the New York City Garment Trades, 1890s-1940s.” In Women, Gender, and Transnational Lives: Italian Workers of the World. Eds. Donna Gabaccia and Franca Iacovetta. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002: 247-98. Excerpted as “Sweatshop Feminism: Italian Women’s Political Culture in New York City’s Needle Trades, 1890-1919,” in Sweatshop, USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective. Eds. Daniel E. Bender and Richard A. Greenwald. New York: Routledge, 2003: 185-202. Download essay here.

Guglielmo is currently translating short essays written in Italian by immigrant women anarchists in early twentieth-century New York City and northeastern New Jersey, which will be reprinted in her next book, My Rebellious Heart: A Documentary History of Italian Women's Anarchism in the United States.

Her courses include "United States since 1877" and "Decolonizing U.S. Women's History" as well as colloquia on im/migration, race, and transnational cultures in U.S. history. She also offers an advanced research seminar in U.S. women's history in which students work closely with archival records in the Sophia Smith Collection and other repositories. She is currently teaching this seminar as a community-based research course on the history of domestic worker organizing in the United States, in which students work with several of the leading organizations for domestic worker rights and justice, to assist their use of history as an organizing tool.