Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

David Aliano, Ph.D

David AlianoChair
Associate Professor of Italian and History
Ph.D., City University of New York
M.Phil., City University of New York
B.A., Fordham University

Areas of Interest

  • Modern Italian and Latin American history and culture
  • Transnational and Comparative Studies
  • National and Ethnic Identities

“Contesting Imperialist Narratives on Race and Ethnicity” National Association for Ethnic Studies Annual Conference, Mills College, Oakland, Calif., April 3-5, 2014

“The Transcultural Life of Cuban Ethnographer Fernando Ortiz,” National Association for Ethnic Studies Annual Conference, Fort Collins, Colo., April 11-12, 2013

“Transnational Migration Then and Now: Italian and Central American Experiences Compared,” National Association for Ethnic Studies Annual Conference, New Orleans, La., April 5-7, 2012

“Debating the Nation Abroad: Fascist Propaganda and the Italian Diaspora” American Historical Association, Annual Conference, Boston, Mass., January 6-9, 2011

“Lessons from Abroad? Racial Discourse and Immigration in Europe and the United States” National Association for Ethnic Studies, Annual Conference, Claremont, Calif., April 7-9, 2011

“The Challenges and Rewards to Teaching in a Study Abroad Program,” XXXIII Alpha Mu Gamma National Convention, Los Angeles, Calif., October 21-22, 2011

“Re-Imagining the Nation: Italian National Narratives Abroad (1922-1945)” New Directions in Italian and Italian American History: A Conference in Honor of Philip V. Cannistraro, November 5, 2011

“Between Two Worlds: Negotiating Italian Identity in Argentina during the Interwar Years” Columbia University Modern Italian Studies Seminar, February 12, 2010

“Citizenship and Belonging: The Case of the Italian Vote Abroad,” Who Counts and Who’s Counting: Annual National Conference of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, Washington D.C., April 8-10 2010

“An Italian Education in Latin America: The Scuole Italiane all’Estero in Argentina (1922-1945),” Dagli Appennini alle Ande: The Italian Presence in Latin and Central America, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla., March 28-29, 2008

“Responses to Fascism from the Italian Community in Argentina,” Italians in the Americas: An International Conference, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, New York, N.Y., April 24-27, 2008

Professional Affiliations
Alpha Mu Gamma
Columbia University Seminar in Modern Italian Studies
Ethnic Studies Review
National Association for Ethnic Studies 

Film review: Gianni Torres, Le mamme di San Vito, Italy 2010, Associazione Culturale Altre Produzione, The Italian American Review, Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2013

Mussolini’s National Project in Argentina, Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012

Book review: Loretta Baldassar and Donna R. Gabaccia, Intimacy and Italian Migration: Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile WorldJournal of Modern Italian Studies, July 2012

Book review: Federico Finchelstein, Transatlantic Fascism: Ideology, Violence, and the Sacred in Argentina and Italy 1919-1945, European History Quarterly, July 2011

“Citizenship and Belonging: The Case of the Italian Vote Abroad,” Ethnic Studies Review, Volume 33, Issue 1, 2010

“Revisiting Saint Domingue: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution in the French Colonial Debates of the Late Nineteenth Century (1870-1900),” French Colonial History, Volume 9, January-June 2008

“Curing the Ills of Central America: The United Fruit Company Medical Department and Corporate America’s Mission to Civilize,” Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y El Caribe, Volume 17, Number 2, July-December 2006

“Brazil through Italian Eyes: The Debate over Emigration to São Paulo during the 1920s,” Altreitalie, Number 31, July-December 2005