Donna Gabaccia

Donna Gabaccia

Professor, Historical and Cultural Studies

Donna Gabaccia is the author of 14 books and dozens of articles on immigrant class, gender and food studies in the United States, on Italian migration around the world, and on global and transnational approaches to the historical study of migration. Her 2015 book Gender and International Migration: From the Slavery Era to the Global Age, co-authored with sociologist and demographer Katharine Donato, was awarded an Honourable Mention from the American Sociological Association’s Znaniecki Prize.  Her previous book, Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective, won the 2012 Theodore Saloutos Prize of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. In 2013 University of Minnesota recognized her public history work with an Outstanding Community Service Award for Faculty; the 2012 Society of American Archivists, Hamer-Kegan Award for the Immigration History Research Center Project, “Digitizing Immigrant Letters.” In 2008-2009, she was President of the Social Science History Association, North America’s pre-eminent interdisciplinary professional association for historical social scientists and social-theory oriented historians. She is currently President and Chair of the Executive Board of the Toronto Ward Museum. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in History, Women’s Studies and Food Studies, focusing on migration, gender and diasporas in world history, digital history, and gender in the kitchen.

Research Projects

Articles in progress:

“From Immigration History to Mobility Studies;”

“The Freedom to Move;”

“Sambuca’s Migrants: Insights from the Digital Humanities.”