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Jennifer Guglielmo specializes in the histories of labor, race, women, immigration, transnational cultures and activisms, and revolutionary social movements in the modern 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 and William Paterson University before joining the Smith College faculty in 2003, and received the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching from the college in 2012.
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 publications 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 the following essays:
- "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. To download click on: Transnational Feminism's Radical Past
- "Women Writing Resistance: Teaching Italian Immigrant Women's Radical Testimonies." Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 19:3 (Fall 2007): 14-28. To download click on: WWR 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.
- "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.
- "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.
Guglielmo is currently researching grassroots activism among working-class women in East Harlem from the 1930s through the 1950s, and 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. She is also a member of the American Studies Program.
- United States Since 1877
- Women in the United States since 1865
- Women Writing Resistance
- Race, Class, and Social Protest in U.S. History
- Globalization, Im/migration & Transnational Cultures in U.S. History
- Research Seminar in U.S. Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection