Fred Gardaphe is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. He is Associate Editor of Fra Noi, editor of the Series in Italian American Culture at State University of New York Press, and co-founding-co-editor of Voices in Italian Americana. He is past President of MELUS and current President of the Working Class Studies Association. His books include Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative; Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer; Moustache Pete is Dead!; Italian/American Oral Tradition Preserved in Print; Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Studies; From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster; and The Art of Reading Italian Americana. His edited books include: New Chicago Stories, Italian American Ways; and From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana and Anti-Italianism. His most recent book is Importato dall’Italia, a collection of short fiction, translated into Italian. He is an editor of I-Italy.org and hosts the monthly webcast, Nota Bene, on http://www.livestream.com/italics. He is a Fulbright Scholar to Italy (Spring 2011) where he taught a course in American Identities through Humor. He is currently at work on a novel and a study of irony and humor in American culture.