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Mary Jo Bona

Professor of Italian American Studies and English

Ph.D. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989

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Mary Jo Bona, Professor of Italian American Studies & English, is the author of Claiming A Tradition: Italian American Women Writers, By the Breath of Their Mouths: Narratives of Resistance in Italian America, and editor of The Voices We Carry: Recent Italian American Women’s Fiction, and guest editor of MELUS (Multiethnic Literature of the United States) on Italian American literature.  Bona received a stipendiary award and entrance into the Academy of Teacher Scholars at Stony Brook, Dr. Bona teaches both literature and cultural courses for European Languages, English and Women’s Studies.  Such courses include Italian American and African American Women Writers, Italian Americans and Ethnic Relations, Images of Women in Italian American Culture and Italian American Film. She served as president of AIHA, the American Italian Historical Association and the advisory committee of NIAF, the National Italian American Foundation. Professor Bona serves as an officer of MELUS, the association for the study of multiethnic literature of the United States. Professor Bona's scholarly interests are inclusive of Italian American literature and culture, and multiethnic and women's literature.

Academy Honors

Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award, 2006-06 for distinction in Italian American scholarship

Academy of Teacher Scholars, 2002-2005

Arnold Lectureship, April 1999
Aniello Lauri Award for Creative Writing, 1997
Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award, Teacher of the Year, 1992
Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society, 1981-

 Books Published

By the Breath of Their Mouths: Narratives of Resistance in Italian America (Albany: State University of New York Press), 2010.

Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates (co-edited with Irma Maini, Albany: State University of New York Press), 2006.

Claiming A Tradition: Italian/American Women Writers (Southern Illinois University Press, Ad Feminan Series (Sandra Gilbert, Series Editor), 1999

Through the Looking Glass: Italian & Italian/American Images in the Media (Selected Essays from the 27th Annual Conference of the American Italian Historical Association, November 10-12, 1994); Co-editor with Anthony J. Tamburri (Staten Island: American Italian Historical Association, 1996).

The Voices We Carry: Recent Italian/American Women's Fiction, Guernica Editions (Toronto, Canada), 1994; Sole editor of anthology of Italian/American writers of fiction; sole writer of introduction, "Carrying the Voices into the Future"

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