Donna Gabaccia

Donna Gabaccia



Donna Gabaccia is well-known around the world as a scholar of international migration, gender and food studies and for her interdisciplinary and digital history collaborations with scholars, librarians, and students. She has written and edited fifteen books on U.S.

immigration, migration in world history, and the history of the worldwide Italian diaspora. She is the past president of the Social Science History Association and the Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and recipient of many awards and honors including the

2013 University of Minnesota Community Service Award for Faculty, which acknowledged her work with immigrant and refugee communities.

Gabaccia’s most recent book, Gender and Migration: From the Slavery Era to the Global Age, co-authored with Vanderbilt University sociologist and demographer Katharine Donato, won honourable mention in 2016 from the American Sociological Association International Migration Section’s Thomas & Znaniecki Best Book Award, placing her among the very small group of historians whose work has been honoured with recognition from Sociology.

Her previous book, Foreign Relations: Global Perspectives on U.S. won the

2013 Theodore Saloutos Prize for the best book in American Immigration and Ethnic History of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

Before coming to UTSC in 2014, she taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, Mercy College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Minnesota, where she was Director of the Immigration History Research Center. At UTSC she teaches courses on migration and diaspora life that contribute to departmental programs in history, women's studies and food studies.

As an American living in Canada, Gabaccia is finding new ways to engage with public issues in her new home city ( She is currently President and Chair of the Executive Board of the Toronto Ward Museum (, a new museum without walls that creates opportunities for dialogue among older and newer Canadians by telling stories of migration, past and present.

Research Interests: 

International Migration

Gender and Women's History

Digital History

Food Studies

World and Global History


B.A. Mount Holyoke College

M.A. and Ph.D. University of Michigan