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Faculty Directory » Teresa Fava Thomas

Economics, History, and Political Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2019
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am - 12:15pm

Office Information:

Room Number: MIL 314A
Phone: (978) 665-4587

Courses Taught:

World Civilizations I (HIST 1000)
World Civilizations II (HIST 1100)
Italian American History: Immigration and Identity (HIST 2420)
Modern Italian History: Risorgimento to Today (HIST 3000)
Vietnam: A Century of Conflict (HIST 3740)
Cold War: A Global History (HIST 3750)
U.S. in World Affairs: 1898 to the Present (HIST 3850)


Ph.D., Clark University
M.A., Clark University
B.S., Fitchburg State University
Professor of History, 1998

Research Interests:

Central Italy and the Allies during World War II
Italian immigration to Massachusetts

Current Projects:

Research on Allied strategic bombing in central Italy 1943-44 and migration from central Italy to Massachusetts, 1880-1920.

Representative Publications:

"The Reluctant Migrants: Migration from the Italian Veneto to Central Massachusetts," Teneo Press, New York, 2015.

"American Arabists in the Cold War Middle East, 1946-75: From Orientalism to Professionalism," Anthem Press, London, England, 2016.

Book Chapters and Articles:

"German Immigration to Fitchburg, Massachusetts," in Kleve am Niederrhein und Fitchburg in Massachusetts - Partnerstädte, Editors Kurt Kreiten and Kurt Michelis, (Kleve, Germany: Edition Wasserburg, 2017).

"The Assimilationists:  Sarah Wool Moore and the Society for the Protection of Italian Immigrants" a chapter in What is Italian American?  Selected Essays from the Italian American Studies Association, editor, George Guida, published by the Italian American Studies Association, 2015.

"Retrospective Review: the Historians of Revine Lago, Giuseppe Grava and Giovanni Tomasi" in News on the Rialto: Newsletter for Studies on Venetian History, Brigham Young University, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, 2012.

"Arresting the Padroni Problem in America 1881-1901: Italian Diplomats, Immigration Restrictionists, and the Italian Bureau," January-June 2010, Altreitalie: International Journal of Studies on the People of Italian Origin in the World, Torino, Italia (Turin, Italy).

Book review, H-DIPLO, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Roundtable Review of O. Khalil, America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State, in volume XIX, No. 18 (2018) posted 15 January 2018.

"The Druze" entry,  Encyclopedia of the Modern World, editor in chief Peter N. Stearns, Oxford University Press, 2007.

Conference Presentations:

"Allied Bombing of Rome 1943-45: Strategic Debate and Process of Recovery," New England Historical Association, University of Connecticut, Storrs, October 28, 2018.

Keynote Address, FSU Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium, "Strategic Bombing in Rome and Palestrina Italy: Measuring the Cost of War." May 21, 2018.

"Facing the Enemy: Italian Clergy Under Occupation and the Peace Plan of Pope Benedict XV," Italian American Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C., November 3, 2017.