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Fraser  Ottanelli

Fraser Ottanelli

Fraser Ottanelli


Office: SOC 271
Phone: 813/974-6207
Fax: 813/974-6228



Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1987


My areas of specialization are ethnic and labor history, comparative migration, and US history in a global age. On these topics I have written two books and numerous articles and essays. I am currently completing a book manuscript, Migration and the Shaping of Ethnic Identity.

In recent years I have been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History and Civilization of European University Institute, Florence (Italy) and a Professeur Associé at the Université Paris VII—Denis Diderot (France). Currently I serve serve on the Executive Committee and am a member of the Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) at NYU.

I also serve as part of the research team of the Asaba Memorial Project—an effort to document and memorialize a mass killing of civilians that took place in 1967, during the Nigerian Civil War. Read more about the Asaba Memorial Project

Specialty Area

Post-1865 US History, U.S. Radical Movements, Ethnic and Labor History, US Immigration and Ethnic History; Comparative Migration, and US History in a Global Age.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
83400HIS 6908018Independent Study
S-U Only. Instructor's Permission Required


Recent Publications

Letters from the Spanish Civil War book cover

Letters from the Spanish Civil War: A U.S. Volunteer Writes Home, co-author, Kent State University Press, 2013. click here for more information or here to view on amazon

Italian Workers of the World book cover

Italian Workers of the World: Labor Migration and the Formation of Multiethnic States, co-editor, Urbana and Chicago: Illinois University Press, 2001. click here to view on amazon

Communist Party in the US book cover

The Communist Party of the United States from the Depression to World War II, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1991. click here to view on amazon

“Salvemini, gli italo-americani e il fascismo,” in Il prezzo della libertà: Gaetano Salvemini in Esilio (1925-1949), Patrizia Audenino ed., Turin: Rubbettino, 2009, 65-74.

“Internationalism and the Shaping of National and Ethnic Identity: Italian American Anti- Fascist Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War,” Journal of American Ethnic History, (December2007), 9-31.

“?Hoy nuestra patria está en Madrid,? El antifascismo y el modelado de la identidad étnica,” [“?Today our homeland is in Madrid,? Antifascism and the Shaping of Ethnic Identity”] essay in La Guerra Civil Española, Santos Juliá editor, 2007.

“The New York City Left and the Spanish Civil War,” in Facing Fascism: New York City and the Spanish Civil War, Peter Carroll and James D. Fernandez editors, New York: NYU Press and the Museum of the City of New York, 2007. [The volume was simultaneously published in Spanish by the same press.]

“Mussolini à East Harlem: police fasciste et la communauté italo-américaine,” in Les Petites Italies dans le monde, Marie-Claude Blanc-Chaléard editor, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2007, 261-271.

”Arturo Giovannitti: L?impegno antifascista” in Arturo Giovannitti, Norberto Lombardi editor, Isernia: Cosmo Iannone, 2007.