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Mario B. Mignone


BA, City College of New York (CUNY), 1967
MA, Rutgers University, 1970
Ph.D, Rutgers University, 1972

Professor, 1983-2001
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor 2001-present
Director of Center for Italian Studies: 1985 to present

Office: Center for Italian Studies
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-2:00 and by appointment. 

  • Positions

    Administrative Positions

    SUNY at Stony Brook :     

    Director of Undergraduate Studies, 1977-1981

    Director of Graduate Studies, 1981-1987

    Founder and Director of Summer Program in Rome, 1980 - present

    Founder and Director of Academic Year in Rome, 1985 - present

    Founder & Director; Center for Italian Studies, 1985-present

    Chairman, Department of French and Italian, 1988-97

    Founder and Director of Winter Program in Rome, 2006

    Appointed Positions

    Member of Advisory Board, Florence University of the Arts 2008-present

    Member of College Council, SUNY at Old Westbury 2005-present

    Chair of Grant Committee, NIAF (National Italian American Foundation), 2007 and 2008

  • Honors and Awards

    Honors and Awards

    Best Teacher Departmental Award given by students, Commencement 1973

    SUNY Faculty Research Fellowship, Summer 1973

    SUNY Faculty Research Fellowship, Summer 1975

    SUNY Faculty Research Fellowship, Summer 1978

    Commendation for Outstanding Teaching from Vice Provost Spanier, 1985

    Appreciation for Exceptional Service to Undergraduate Education, 1986

    Appreciation for Exceptional Service to Undergraduate Education, 1993

    SUNY Grant: Conversations in the Disciplines, 1987

    President’s Mini Grant for Dialogue Across Cultures 2001-2002

    Pope Foundation Grants:From 1987 to 1996: $30,000 every year

    Special State Legislative Grant Project for the Center for Italian Studies, 1987-88: $15,000; 1988-85:$30,000; 1989-90: $35,000; 1990-91: $18,000; 1991-92: $20,920;1992-93: $26,500; 1993-94: $172,000; 1994-95: $172,000; 1995-96:$172,000; 1996-97: $150,000; 1997-98: $75,000; 1998-99:$200,000; 1999-2000:205,000; 2000-01: $ 205,000; 2001-02: $195,000; 2002-03: $195,000; 2003-04: $175,000, 2004-05: $180,000

    2005-06: $180,000, 2006-07: $175; 2007-08: $175,000, 2008-09: $185,000

    NIAF: 2005: $10,000, 2006: $8,000

    Grants from Suffolk County: 2003: $2,500; 2004: $3,000; 2005: $5,000

    Town of Brookhaven: 2003: $5,000; 2004: $5,000; 2005:$5,000

    UUP: 2011: $1,000,  2012: $1,000

  • Endowments Created

    Endowments Created 

    Alfonse M. D'Amato Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies; the first endowed chair in the college of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook: $1.5 million

    Roberto and Palmina Mignone Fellowship in Italian and Italian American Studies

    Endowment for Center for Italian Studies

  • Recognitions

    National Recognitions

    Association of Italian American Educators, Special Service Award, 2003.

    Special Service Award from the Conference of New York State Italian American Legislators, 2005

    Special Recognition Award from New York State Grand Lodge Order Sons of Italy in America, 2006

    Member of SUNY Distinguished Academy 2011-present

    Outstanding AchievementAward, American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), 2012

    International Recognitions

    Conferred the honorary title of “Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”  by the President of Italian Republic, 1998

    “Gladiatore d’Oro per la Cultura” from the Province of Benevento, Italy, 2005

    Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), 2012

  • Editorial Work

    Editorial Work

    Editor, Forum Italicum, 1986-present.

    Editor, Filibrary (book Series), published 41 volumes

    Co-editor, Nuovi Paradigmi (Salerno: Edisud), 2008 to present

  • Publications



    1. Il teatro di Eduardo De Filippo: Critica sociale (Rome: Trevi, 1974), pp. 286.
    2. Anormalità e angoscia nella narrativa di Dino Buzzati (Ravenna: Longo, 1981), pp. 150.
    3. Eduardo De Filippo (Boston: Twayne, World Authors Series, 1984), pp. 219.
    4. Pirandello in America, ed.; (Rome: Bulzoni: 1988), pp. 292.
    5. Columbus: Meeting of Cultures, ed.; (New York: Forum Italicum, 1993), pp. 113.
    6. Homage to Moravia, co-ed.; (New York: Forum Italicum, 1993), pp. 175.
    7. Italy Today: A Country in Transition (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1995), pp. 256.
    8. Italy Today: At the Crossroads of the New Millennium (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1998),
    9. pp. 458.
    10. Italy Today: Facing the Challenger of the New Millennium (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2008), pp. 464
    11. Altreitalie: Cittadinanza e diritto al voto, ed., (New York: Forum Italicum Publishing, 2008), pp.101.
    12. Leuco’ va in America: Cesare Pavese nel centenario della nascita, ed. (Salerno: Edisud, 2010) pp. 303.
    13. Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress , co-ed with my forward and three Introductions (Washington, Library of Congress, 2013)
    14. The Story of My People: From Rural Southern Italy to Mainstream America (New York, Bordighera, 2015)


    About fifty articles dealing with Twentieth Century Italian theater, fiction and poetry, migration, politics.  

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