Category Archives: Awards


Several travel awards are available: the Katharine Rodier Graduate Student Travel Award, the MELUS Graduate Student Travel Award, and the MELUS President’s Contingent Faculty Travel Award. To submit a travel award application, please email your conference abstract toKaylee Jangula Mootz, MELUS Graduate Student Representative, at and specify the travel award(s) for which you wish to apply.

Visit also the conference website, and note that the deadline for submitting a conference abstract is October 1, 2019.

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Congratulations to Professor Fred Gardaphe

Prof. Fred Gardaphe received the 2014 MELUS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Ethnic Studies during the MLA 2014 Convention in Chicago on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

Fred Gardaphe is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY, the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, and one of the most prominent scholars of Italian American literature and criticism in the academy. He directs the Italian/American Studies Program at Queens College and formerly directed the programs in Italian American and American Studies at SUNY at Stony Brook. He is editor of the Italian American Culture Series at SUNY Press, and co-founding editor of Voices in Italian Americana. Prof. Gardaphe has published seven monographs: Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative; Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer; Moustache Pete Is Dead!; Italian/American Oral Tradition Preserved in Print; Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Studies; From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster; and The Art of Reading Italian Americana. His edited books include: New Chicago Stories, Italian American Ways; and From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana and Anti-Italianism. His most recent book is Importato dall’Italia, a collection of short fiction, translated into Italian. A former President of MELUS from 2007-2009 and 2003-2006, Prof. Gardaphe is a highly accomplished MELUS scholar on Italian American and American multiethnic literary and cultural studies, an outstanding, dedicated, and beloved leader of MELUS, a terrific colleague, and a generous mentor to junior scholars in MELUS.

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Lowe

Professor Lisa Lowe of Tufts University received the 2013 MELUS Award for Distinguished Contribution in Ethnic Studies, at a reception at the Boston Public Library (Courtyard Restaurant) on Saturday, January 5, 2013.