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Latin American and Caribbean Studies
PhD History, University of Pittsburgh
MA International Affairs, Columbia University
BA Tufts University

John Galante’s interests are primarily in Atlantic History, Latin America, and Global Studies. At WPI, he teaches courses in History, International and Global Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In addition to introductory level courses, he has designed and taught specialized courses and capstone Humanities seminars on Migration, Ethnicity and Race in the Americas, and Global Energy. 

His research primarily focuses on international migration and the patterns of homeland connection, diasporic consciousness, receiving-country adaptation, and ethnic notions of belonging associated with migratory movement. His current project focuses on comparative meanings of "Latinness" in historical perspective. His professional experience in the energy sector informs his interests in the history, geopolitics, and global market dynamics of energy. He has particular expertise in South America and the Southern Cone, where he has worked, conducted fieldwork, and traveled extensively.

John Galante is the co-founder and co-director of WPI's Latin American and Caribbean Studies program and the lead developer of its curriculum. He has been the Principal Investigator of a multi-year grant from the US Department of Education entitled, "Enhancing STEM Curriculum with Latin American and Caribbean Studies." He was the lead organizer of WPI's hosting of the annual meeting of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS). 

He is the creator and co-host of the podcast Crossing Fronteras.

Scholarly Work

"Italians in Montevideo and the Conception of a Latin Atlantic, 1915-1920," In Uruguay in Transnational Perspective (Routledge, 2023)

Book Review of The Italian Legacy in the Dominican Republic: History, Architecture, Economics, Society, edited by Andrea Canepari. In Hispanic American Historical Review (August 2023)

“Globalising World War I: The Italian War Effort in Greater Buenos Aires.” In Proximity and Distance: Space, Time and World War, edited by Romain Fathi and Emily Robertson, Melbourne University Press 2020

"Buenos Aires and the making of italo-argentinidad, 1915–1919," Storia e Regione 2019

"The 'Great War' in Il Plata: Italian Immigrants in Buenos Aires and Montevideo during World War I," Journal of Migration History 2016