Jennifer Guglielmo

Associate Professor of History

Jennifer Guglielmo

Contact & Office Hours

On leave until fall 2020.

Wright Hall 229



Ph.D., University of Minnesota

M.A., University of New Mexico

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison


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.

She is a recipient of Smith College's Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. 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 on the history of domestic worker organizing in the United States. Before joining the faculty at Smith College in 2003, she taught women’s studies and history at State University of New York, New Paltz, Ulster County Community College and William Paterson University.

Selected Publications

Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Received 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.

Are Italians White? How Race Is Made In America (co-edited with Salvatore Salerno, Routledge, 2003); published in Italy as Gli Italiani sono bianchi? Come l'America ha costruito la razza (Milan: Il Saggiatore, 2006).

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).

“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 [the Seamstress] 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, Volume 22, Number 1 (Spring 2010): 10-33. Download essay.

"Women Writing Resistance: Teaching Italian Immigrant Women's Radical Testimonies." Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy19:3 (Fall 2007): 14-28. Download essay.

“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.