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Donna R Gabaccia


  • International migration studies
  • United States immigration and labor history
  • Comparative women and gender
  • World history

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1979.
  • Master's of Arts: University of Michigan, 1975.
  • Bachelor's of Arts with Distinction: Mount Holyoke College, 1971.


  • Gender and Migration: Gabaccia, Donna, with Katharine Donato, Jennifer Holdaway, Martin Manalansan, and Patricia Pessar, International Migration Revew, 40 , 2006.
  • "Nations of Immigrants: Do Words Matter?" : Gabaccia, Donna, The Pluralist , 5, 3 (Fall 2010) 5-31.
  • Foreign Relations: Global Perspectives on American Immigration . Gabaccia, Donna, Princeton University Press, Author, 2012. Link
  • Connecting Seas and Connected Ocean Rims: Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans and China Seas Migrations from the 1830s to the 1930s. Gabaccia, Donna, Dirk Hoerder , Brill , Co-Editor, 2011. Link
  • Intimacy and Italian Migration: Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World. Gabaccia, Donna, Loretta Baldassar, Fordham University Press , Co-Author, 2010. Link
  • “Transition in Gender Ratios among International Migrants, 1820-1930". Gabaccia, Donna, Elizabeth Zanoni , Co-Author.
  • “Recipes in Context: Solving a Small Mystery in Charleston’s Culinary History". Gabaccia, Donna, Jane Aldrich , Co-Author.

Research Activities

  • Imagining Nations of Immigrants: a book that seeks to explain why the U.S., almost alone of the many nations of the world formed through migration, features immigration so prominently in its histories and myths about itself
  • Gender Ratios and International Migration : book project with Katharine Donato, Vanderbilt University , 2006 - 2013

Professional Activities

  • President, Social Science History Association: 2008
  • Co-Editor "Studies in World Migrations": Book Series, University of Illinois Press , 2005 - present

Outreach Activities

  • Fesler-Lampert Chair in Public Humanities :, 2009 - 2010
  • Gilder Lerman History in a Box Vol. VIII: The Freedom to Move: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History , 2009 - 2012
  • "Food, Farms and History: A Conversation with Michael Pollan":, January 4, 2013


  • President, Social Science History Association, 2007 - 2008
  • Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar , 2008 - 2009
  • 2010 Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Program Faculty Field Grant , 2011 - 2011

Courses Taught

  • Migration in Global History
  • Comparing Global Migrations (Graduate Level)
  • The Age of Global Contact
  • How to Do History
  • Food in History
  • Pathways to Minnesota: Digital Humanities
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Featured Faculty

  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014
  • Ann Waltner, 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service

    Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

    May 1st, 2014
  • Giancarlo Casale, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

    Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

    The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.

    Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

    Congratulations, Giancarlo!

    April 1st, 2014

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