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USF Research Team

S. Elizabeth Bird is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Her specialties include the role of media in culture, folklore, memory, and cultural heritage. She has published six books (two of them award-winning),  more than 100 articles and book chapters. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (Annenberg School for Communication), is a fellow of the International Communication Association, and serves on several international journal editorial boards. Personal website:

Fraser Ottanelli is Professor in the Department of History at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  His areas of specialization are ethnic and labor History, comparative migration, and US history in a global age. He has authored three books and numerous articles and essays. Ottanelli has been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History and Civilization of European University Institute, Florence (Italy) and a Professeur Associé at the Université Paris VII—Denis Diderot (France). Currently he served on the Executive Committee and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) at NYU. Personal website: