Battisti contributes to award-winning textbook
Dr. Danielle Battisti, Assistant Professor of History, authored "Italian Americans, Consumerism, and the Cold War in Transnational Perspective," a chapter in the anthology Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities (Fordham University Press, 2014) edited by Simone Cinotto. Battisti learned recently that the book won the 2015 John G. Cawelti Award for Best Textbook in Popular and American Cultural History from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.
"Through its attentiveness to Italian-American consumers and the U.S. consumption of Italianness, this collection of essays makes a compelling case for taste as a leading determinant of ethnic identity. Ranging from nineteenth-century immigration to twenty-first century popular culture, from fashion to Italian-themed restaurants, from one side of the Atlantic to the other and back across again, this volume casts ethnicity as more a matter of style than of tradition, due to its ever-changing nature. Like the very best lasagnes – layered, multi-textured, the whole a transcendent blending of the constituent parts – Making Italian America reveals how we have all come to be at least partly Italian and what this Italianness means."—Kristin Hoganson, author ofConsumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920