Stephen J. Cerulli

Stephen J. Cerulli

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Research Interests:
My specialization is in the Italian diaspora especially in North America. I am currently working on a project investigating Italian Americans and their impact and participation in/on United States educational systems. I am also interested in historic and international Italian identities, transatlantic fascism and anti-fascism, and anarchist and socialist thought and movements within the Italian diaspora.

  • M.A. Liberal studies, concentration in American studies, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. 2019
    Thesis: Italian/Americans and the American Racial System: Contadini to Settler Colonists?

    B.A. History, honors’ degree, minor in English, magna cum laude, University of Connecticut. 2015
    Thesis: The Agitator and The Professor: Carlo Tresca & Gaetano Salvemini: Formation, Careers, Ideas, Anti-Fascism

    A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences, cum laude, Norwalk Community College. 2012

  • Books:

    (Forthcoming 2023) Educating America: Growth of Italian American Educators: The Fallacy of Italian Immigrants Not Believing in Education Exposed. Milione, Vincenzo; Pizzirusso, Carmine; Pelizzoli, Itala; Cerulli, Stephen J. Calandra Italian American Institute. New York, New York


    Prefaces, Introductions, Etc.

    Giovani Schiavo, The Great Chronicler of Italian America: A Critical Re-Introduction in The Italians in American Before the Revolution by Giovani Schiavo. Bordighera Press. New York, NY. 2022


    "Italian/Americans and the American Racial System: Contadini to Settler Colonists?" (Masters' thesis) Colonists (2019). CUNY Academic Works. May, 2019

    “Just Another Travel Memoir: An Italian/American's Journey in Italy as He Remembers It." Ovunque Siamo Vol.l No.2. 2017

    “Las trobairitz." 1 University Place Vol. 1 No. 2. Spring 2015

    "Is it worth it? Separatist Movements: A Case in Italy." 1 University Place Vol. l No. l. Fall 2014

    Papers Presented 

    “Wyckoff Heights? Italian American Borderland on the Brooklyn/Queens Line.” Presented at the John D, Calandra Italian American Institute for the Virtual Conference, Italian Borderlands: Restrictions, Breaches, Encounters. April 5, 2021

    "The Agitator and the Professor: Gaetano Salvemini and Carlo Tresca." Presented at the John D, Calandra Italian American Institute for the Diaspore Italiane: Italy in Movement conference. November 2, 2018


    "Living Remnants: Arpitan in Southern Italy.” Pummarolə August 21 2020

    "If we do not remove them, someone else will do it for us: Why Italian Americans need to be leaders in removing Columbus monuments." Italian Enclaves Historical Society. June 30, 2020

    "GrowingUpItalian: Where the Millennial and Gen Z Ethos Meets Italian America." La Voce Di New York. February 4 2020 “That's Amore Festival: An Italian American Alternative to Columbus Day Parades." La Voce Di New York. October 15 2019

    "In Memory of Carlo Tresca, the Italian Vanguard of Anti-Fascism in New York." La Voce Di New York. January 12 2018

    "Down with Columbus! Then What?" La Voce Di New York. October 12 2017 "The assassination of the Rosselli brothers." June 2017

    Public Service:

    Co-Creator and custodian, the Calandra Italian American and Italian Diaspora Studies Bibliography, June 2021-Present

    Invited to speak at the Contro Colombo Virtual Teach In, “Columbus, Italian Americans, & The Settler Colonial Project.” New York, New York. September 14, 2020

    Invited to speak on The Italian American Podcast, “IAP 158: CONVERSATIONS ON COLUMBUS: COLUMBUS AND ITALIAN AMERICA.” Sept 29, 2020

    Invited to speak on The Italian American Podcast, “IAP 154: CONVERSATIONS ON COLUMBUS: THE CHARGES.” August 25, 2020

    Organized and spoke at the teach-in “Do the right thing: Columbus the man, Columbus the symbol,” on the relationship between Christopher Columbus and Italian Americans. Stamford, CT. July 6, 2020

    Invited to speak on the GrowingUpItalian Podcast, “What is Italian American studies?” New York, New York. January 26, 2020

    Invited to speak via Skype at "una lapide e un premio per Carlo Tresca," on the significance of Carlo Tresca in America. New York, NY. October 26, 2018

    Organized and spoke at the " Memorial Celebration for Carlo Tresca: 75 Years Later, " on the assassination and life of Carlo Tresca. New York, NY. January 11, 2018

    Co-organizer, Joseph Sciorra’s archive on “Italian-American Folklore,” for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, October 12, 2017

  • “New Student Distinguished Fellowship/Richard and Eileen Bennett Graduate Assistant award,” Fordham University, 2022–

    “GSAS Centennial Scholarship,” Fordham University 2022

    “Featured Professor,” Hostos Early College Initiative’s “Meet Our Professors” Hostos-Lincoln Academy's Early College Program, 2022

    “Teacher Appreciation Award,” Student Government Association at Hostos Community College, City University of New York, 2021

    “NIAF Fellowship” to study in Italian diaspora studies in Italy, National Italian American Foundation, 2016

    Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Connecticut, 2015

    “Honors’ degree” in History, The University of Connecticut, 2015

    “Excellence in History departmental award for undergraduates,” The University of Connecticut, 2015 -Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, Norwalk Community College, 2012