University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Faculty - John Gennari

John Gennari

John Gennari, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. Univesity of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • C.V. (PDF)
Area of expertise

U.S. Ethnic Studies, Jazz Studies, Food Studies, Popular Culture and the Expressive Arts, U.S. Cultural History, Cultural Criticism

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-3435 Office: 425 Old Mill

Spring 2018 Office Hours: T, TH 8:15 - 9:45 and by appointment

John Gennari is an American Studies-trained U.S. cultural historian and nonfiction writer with specializations in jazz and popular music studies, Italian American cultural studies, food studies, race and ethnic studies, and cultural criticism. He is the author of “Blowin’ Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics (University of Chicago Press, 2006), which won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Criticism and the John Cawelti Award for the Best Book in American Culture. He is currently completing a book examining how practices of expressive ethnicity in music, film, sports, cooking, and eating reconfigure our understanding of Italian American culture. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, and the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. An active member of the American Studies Association since 1993, he chaired the association’s Gabriel Dissertation Prize committee in 2008, and served on the Romero Book Prize committee in 2010.

Selected Publications:

Blowin’ Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics (University of Chicago Press, 2006)

[Awarded the John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Book in American Culture Studies and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Prize for Excellence in Music Criticism, 2007].

“Sideline Shtick: The Italian American Basketball Coach and Ethnic Masculinity,” in Making Italian America: Consumer Culture and the Production of Ethnic Identities, ed. Simone Cinotto (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014).

“The Knife and the Bread, the Brutal and the Sacred: Louise DeSalvo at the Family Table,” in Personal Effects: Essays on Memory, Culture, and Women in the Work of Louise DeSalvo, eds. Nancy Caronia and Edvige Giunta (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014).

“Eccentric, Gifted, and Black: Thelonious Monk Revealed,” Du Bois Review 7:2 (2010)

“The Other Side of the Curtain: U.S. Jazz Discourse, 1950s America, and the Cold War,” in Gertrude Pickhan and Rudiger Ritter, eds. Jazz Behind the Iron Curtain (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010)

 “Blaxploitation Bird,” in Thriving on a Riff, ed. Graham Lock and David Murray (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Courses taught: Jazz, Literature, and Film; Italian American Literature and Culture; Food and American Culture; Multiracialism and American Culture; Black Popular Culture