Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Italian American Studies

Italian American Studies

Reflecting the rich diversity of its hometown, Loyola offers several academic programs in ethnic studies such as Polish American, Latin American, German, European, Asian, and Black World Studies. In fall 2018, the College of Arts and Sciences will add another major program offering: Italian American Studies.

Loyola has partnered with Casa Italia—a cultural center and former seminary campus devoted to preserving Italian American history—to raise money for an Italian American Studies program that will promote this essential part of American history, increasing its visibility and preserving it for generations to come. 

One important component of the program is Italian Americana, a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to exploring the Italian experience in the New World. The journal is published twich a year and accepts submissions of scholarly and creative works. Please feel free to visit the journal website if you are interested in contributing or subscribing.  

In order to fulfill the mission of the Italian American Studies program, the Paul and Ann Rubino Professorship was established. Carla Simonini, PhD, has been named the newly appointed endowed professor. Her goal is to research, preserve, and promote Italian American culture, will lead the Italian American Studies program. Loyola University Chicago is an ideal institution to host such a program as the city is one of the centers of Italian American culture, and the university has a campus in Italy known as the John Felice Rome Center. For more information on the professorship and the program, please visit the Paul and Ann Rubino Professorship webpage

Program Benefits

The Italian American Studies Program is one of Loyola’s Interdisciplinary Studies Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, which offer a number of benefits to students, including:

  • Ensure that students receive a well-rounded Italian American educational experience, including Italian language instruction, courses on history and culture, and exposure to the John Felice Rome Center.
  • Develop a relationship with the Italian American Studies Association (IASA) to expand the visibility and reach of this new program.
  • Sponsor conferences focused on Italian American history, culture, tradition; Italian Americans in WWII; Italian American stereotypes; and other topics.