Jennifer Guglielmo is a writer, historian and associate professor at Smith College, specializing in the histories of labor, race, women, im/migration, transnational cultures and activisms, and revolutionary social movements in the modern United States. She is the author of the award-winning book Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 (2010) and co-editor (with Salvatore Salerno) of Are Italians White? How Race Is Made in America (2003). The book was translated into Italian in 2006: Gli Italiani Sono Bianchi? Come l' America ha costruito la razza. Her work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and the American Association of University Women. She 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: Immigrant Women's Anarchist Feminist Prose in New York City's Radical Subculture, 1890-1930.
Life & Family
Jennifer Guglielmo was born in Flushing, NY, of Italian and Irish ancestry, and grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Her brother Thomas A. Guglielmo is also a historian and Associate Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. Her brother Mark Vesuvio Guglielmo is a music producer, rapper/emcee, photographer, as well as president and founder of Manifest Media.
Education & Career
Guglielmo graduated from Hastings High School in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York in 1985, received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Women's Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990, a Masters of Arts in History from University of New Mexico in 1995 and a PhD in History from University of Minnesota in 2003. Her doctoral dissertation, “Negotiating Gender, Race and Coalition: Italian Women and Working-Class Politics in New York City, 1880 to 1945” won the Best Dissertation Award from the University of Minnesota and the Organization of American Historians’ Lerner-Scott Prize for best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.
She worked as a secretary, waitress, and fund-raiser for non-profit social justice organizations before teaching women's studies and history at William Paterson University, SUNY New Paltz, Ulster County Community College, and the University of Minnesota. She joined the faculty at Smith College in 2003.
Honors & Awards
- Smith College Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching, 2012.
- Helen and Howard R. Marraro Book Award for Living the Revolution, 2011.
- Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award for Best Book in U.S. Immigration History, Living the Revolution, 2010.
- Honorable Mention from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians for Best First Book, Living the Revolution, 2010.
- Organization of American Historians Lerner-Scott Prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in U.S. Women's History, 2004.
- University of Minnesota Best Dissertation Award for "Negotiating Gender, Race and Coalition: Italian Women and Working Politics in New York City, 1880 to 1945,” 2003.
Grants & Fellowships
- History Faculty, Jennifer Guglielmo.
- Jennifer Guglielmo, 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.
- Jennifer Guglielmo, Are Italians White? How Race Is Made in America. New York: Routledge, 2003.
- Jennifer Guglielmo, Gli Italiani Sono Bianchi? Come l'America ha costruito la razza. Milan: Il Saggiatore Press, 2006.
- Susannah Gold, "Italian Working-Class Women in the US at the Start of the 20th Century." i-Italy.org, October 5, 2010.
- The Department of American Studies, Thomas A. Guglielmo.
- Manifesta Media.
- Jennifer Guglielmo wins Best Dissertation Award.
- Lerner-Scott Winners, 2004.
- 2012 Recipients.
- The Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize
- Helen and Howard R. Marraro Book Award, List of Recipients, Society for Italian Historical Studies and the American Historical Association, 2011.
- Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2010 Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award Winners, 2010.
- Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.
- Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Jennifer Guglielmo's Living the Revolution, Honorable Mention Best First Book, 2010.