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Thomas J. Ferraro

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Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015 (919) 684-2741 (office)

  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1988
  • M. Phil., Yale University (with distinction), 1983
  • M.A., Yale University, 1983
  • B.A., Amherst College, 1979
Areas of Research
  • American Literature and Culture, with special expertise in the novel and in the interplay of religion, ethnicity, and the media arts
Awards and Fellowships

NEH Summer Stipend, tenured faculty division, for "Joseph Stella's Trans-Atlantic Imagination: Italian Catholicism, the American City, and Modernist Art," Summer 1998

  • Fulbright Lectureship (Teaching/Research) in the Graduate Program at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari, US-Italian Fulbright Commission, February 1-May 30, 2013
  • Bass Professorship, Duke University, July, 2011
    For Excellence in Teaching and Research
  • Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, Unknown, October, 2010
    The major undergraduate teaching award; 179 nominations for 128 different faculty members. Anonymous vetting by an undergraduate panel randomly generated by registrar's office. One time only.
  • "Introduction" to Ethnic Passages, 2009
  • Introduction to Ethnic Passages, Unknown, 2009
  • H.O.P.E. Award for ExemplaryTeaching, Duke University Residential Life, April, 2006
  • American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation, 2006
    The award recognizes Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America for its "outstanding contribution to American literature." 
  • Robert B. Cox Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Duke University, May 2001
  • Summer Stipends Awards, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1998
  • Sabbatical Research Leave, Duke University, Fall 1996; Spring 2001
  • Junior Faculty Research Leave, Duke University, Fall 1991
  • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professorship, Duke University, 1991-1992
  • USIA Teaching Fellow, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 1990
  • Duke Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award Nominee, 1990, 1991, 1994-6, 1998, and others
  • Theron Rockwell Field Prize, Yale University, 1989
    awarded to the outstanding dissertation in "Poetry, Literature, or Religion" by university-wide committee
  • Garner Fellowship in the Humanities, Yale University, 1979-1984
  • Valedictorian, Amherst College, 1979
  • George A. Plimpton Postgraduate Fellowship, Amherst College, 1979
    presented to the senior demonstrating the greatest promise for professional scholarship
  • George Rogers Taylor Prize for Outstanding Senior Thesis, Amherst College, 1979
    "The Eye of Eternity Under the Touch of Time: The Life and Vision of Ralph Waldo Emerson"
  • Marshall Scholarship Finalist, 1979
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College, 1978
  • The Knox Cup, St. Paul's School, Concord, NH, 1975

  Selected Recent Invited Talks:

  • "Beyond Hypocrisy" (Keynote for Annual Symposium), Centro di Studi Americani, Rome, May 21, 2013
  • "An American Paseo" (Keynote for Spanish Association for American Studies), University of La Laguna, Tenerife, CI, March 23, 2013


   Essays/Articles/Chapters in Books

  1. Ferraro, TJ. "Transgression & Redemption in the 1930s." Ed. Soloman, W. CUP,
  2. Ferraro, TJ. "New England Beyond Criticism: In Defense of America’s First Literature and Lawrence Buell, The Dream of the Great American Novel, American Literature." American Literature Duke University Press, (December, 2017): 885-885.
  3. Ferraro, TJ. "Review of Alex Gibney, dir., All or Nothing at All (HBO, 4-hour biopic of Sinatra)." The Italian American Review (forthcoming) (August, 2015)
  4. Ferraro, TJ. "No forgiveness in heaven, no forgetting in hell." American Literary History 26.1 (January, 2014): 83-109. [doi]
  5. Ferraro, TJ. "Review of A New Literary History of America." American Literature  (December, 2012)
  6. Ferraro, TJ. "Cultural Studies Between Heaven and Earth: Beyond the Puritan Pedagogy of /The Scarlet Letter/." The Catholic Studies Reader. Ed. Fisher, JT; McGuinness, M. Fordham University Press, 2011. 352-371.
  7. Ferraro, TJ. "Between Women; or, On Our Knees to Don Corleone." Via Ed. Messenger, C; Gruba, JR. 19.2 (2009): 1-20.  released summer 2009
  8. Ferraro, TJ. "Boys to Men (Salvific Masculinity in /Angels with Dirty Faces/)." Catholics in the Movies. Ed. McDannell, C. Oxford University Press, 2008. 59-82.
  9. Ferraro, TJ. "Contribution to MLA Roundtable in honor of AL at Seventy-Five." American Literature 77 (September, 2005): 634-36.
  10. Budd, LJ; Moon, M; Nelson, DD; Newfield, C; Ferraro, TJ. "Roundtable: 'American Literature' at seventy-five - Discussion." American Literature 77.3 (September, 2005): 621-636. [Gateway.cgi]
  11. Ferraro, TJ. "Of ’Lascivious Mysticism’ and Other Hibernian Matters." U.S. Catholic Historian 23.3 (Summer, 2005): 1-17.
  12. Ferraro, TJ. "Lorenzo's chrism." South Atlantic Quarterly 103.1 (December, 2004): 235-263. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  13. Ferraro, TJ. "Italian-American Literature." Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. Ed. Parini, J. 2Oxford UP, 2004. 275-284.
  14. Ferraro, TJ. "Urbane Villager." Frank Sinatra: History, Identity, and Italian American Culture. Ed. Pugliese, S. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 
  15. Ferraro, TJ. "At long last love; Or, literary history in the key of difference." American Literary History 15.1Oxford University Press (OUP), (December, 2003): 78-86. [doi]
  16. Ferraro, T. "Giancarlo and the Border Patrol." (In)Visible Cities: From the Postmodern Metropolis to the Cities of the Future. Ed. Acierno, PD; Ockman, J; Sargent, R. Monacelli Press, 2003. 
  17. Ferraro, TJ. "The Temple of Culture: Assimilation and Anti-Semitism in Literary Anglo-America." American Literature 74.1Duke University Press, (March, 2002): 155-155. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  18. Ferraro, TJ. "Review of Beyond The Godfather: Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience." Italian Americana Ed. Ciongoli, AK; Parini, J.  (January, 2002)
  19. Ferraro, TJ. "Italian Americans." Scribner’s Encyclopedia of US Intellectual and Cultural History. Ed. Cayton, MK; Williams, PW.  2001. 363-73.
  20. "Response to Breitwieser." ALH 12.Fall 2000 (Fall, 2000): 382-385.
  21. Ferraro, TJ. "'My Way' in 'our America': Art, ethnicity, profession (Italian immigration, US, cultural influences, Joseph Stella, Mario Puzo, Frank Sinatra)." American Literary History 12.3Oxford University Press (OUP), (Fall, 2000): 499-522. [doi]
  22. Ferraro, TJ. "Butter-and-egg men: Response to Breitwieser (Jazz, F. Scott Fitzgerald)." American Literary History 12.3Oxford University Press (OUP), (2000): 382-385. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  23. Ferraro, TJ. "Catholic Ethnicity and the Modern American Arts." The Italian American Heritage: A Companion to the Arts. Ed. Acierno, PD. Garland, 1999. 331-352.
  24. Ferraro, TJ. "The Souls of Catholic Folk: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cather." American and European National Identities: Faces in the Mirror. Ed. Fender, S. Keele UP, UK, 1996. 73-87.
  25. Ferraro, TJ. "Review of Jenny Franchot’s Roads to Rome: The Antebellum Protestant Encounter with Catholicism." American Literature  (March, 1995): 148-50.
  26. Ferraro, TJ. "Catholic Writers." The Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States. Ed. Davidson, CN; Wagner-Martin, L. New York: Oxford University, 1995. 155-57.
  27. Ferraro, TJ; TuSmith, B. "All My Relatives: Community in Contemporary Ethnic American Literatures.." American Literature 66.2JSTOR, (June, 1994): 407-407. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  28. Ferraro, TJ. "Mario Puzo." The Reference Guide to American Literature. 3d ed.St. James Press, 1994. 
  29. FERRARO, TJ. "AN INTERVIEW WITH PAGLIA,CAMILLE." South Atlantic Quarterly 93.3 (1994): 727-746. [Gateway.cgi]
  30. FERRARO, TJ. "CELINE AMERICAN GENEALOGY + 20TH-CENTURY LITERATURE." South Atlantic Quarterly 93.2 (1994): 507-511. [Gateway.cgi]
  31. FERRARO, TJ. "CATHOLIC LIVES CONTEMPORARY AMERICA - EDITORS NOTE." South Atlantic Quarterly 93.3 (1994): 545-546. [Gateway.cgi]
  32. Ferraro, TJ. "Whole Families Shopping at Night!." New Essays on White Noise. Ed. Lentricchia, F. Cambridge UP, 1991.  15-38
  33. Ferraro, TJ. "Ethnicity and the Literary Marketplace." The Columbia History of the American Novel. Ed. al, EEE. Columbia UP, 1991. 380-406.
  34. Ferraro, TJ. "Review of RSA: Rivista di Studi Nord-Americani." Italianamericana 10 (Fall, 1991): 91-3.
  35. "'Working Ourselves Up': Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers." SAQ 89 (Summer, 1990): 547-582.
  36. "Avant-Garde Ethnics." The Future of Modernism. Ed. Boelhower, W. Free UP of Amsterdam, 1990. 1-31.
  37. FERRARO, TJ. "WORKING-OURSELVES-UP IN AMERICA, YEZIERSKA,ANZIA 'BREAD GIVERS'." South Atlantic Quarterly 89.3 (1990): 547-581. [Gateway.cgi]
  38. Ferraro, TJ. "Blood in the Marketplace: The Business of Family in the Godfather Narratives." The Invention of Ethnicity. Ed. Sollars, W. Oxford UP, 1989. 176-207.


  1. Ferraro, TJ. Transgression and Redemption in American Fiction. Oxford University Press, October, 2020. 272 pages pp.
  2. Ferraro, TJ. "The Godfather as 'The Great American Novel". The Millions, August, 2015. [html]
  3.  Response to Amy Hungerford's "The Literary Practice of Belief". University of Chicago School of Divinity, June, 2010.
  4.  Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America. New York UP, May, 2005. (Winner, 2006 American Book Award. Choice, Recommended Book.)
  5. Ferraro, TJ. Feeling Italian: the Art of Ethnicity in America. New York UP, May, 2005. 1-255 pp.
  6. Ferraro, TJ. Catholic Lives, Contemporary America. Edited by Ferraro, T. Duke University Press, 1997. 274 pages pp.
  7. Ferraro, TJ. Ethnic Passages: Literary Immigrants in Twentieth-Century America. U of Chicago P, 1993. (Chapter I, "Blood in the Marketplace," was originally invited for Werner Sollors, ed., The Invention of Ethnicity [Oxford UP, 1986], and has been reprinted in reference works on Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. The introduction is to be similarly reprinted in August 2008.)


  1.  "At Long Last Love; or, Literary History in the Key of Difference." ALH. Ed. Eric Sundquist Spring, 2003

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