About the Authors


Roberto Perin is a professor of history at York University (Glendon College) and has taught Canadian history for many years. His current research interests include ethnic and immigration history, the history of Catholicism in Canada, and the history of Quebec. In 1990 he published the award- winning Rome in Canada: The Vatican and Canadian Affairs in the Late Victorian Age (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) which also is available as Rome et le Canada: la bureaucratie vaticane et la question nationale 1870-1903 (Montréal: Les Éditions Boréal, 1993). He also has co-edited (with Franc Sturino) Arrangiarsi: The Italian Immigration Experience in Canada (Montréal: Guernica, 1989) and with Terry Murphy A Concise History of Christianity in Canada (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996). He is currently editor of the Canadian Historical Association's series Canada's Ethnic Groups.


Gabriele Scardellato teaches on the Italian immigrant and ethnic experience in North America and also on Italian-Canadian literature (novels, poetry, theatre and film) in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. He is a member of the board of directors for York University's Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian Canadian Studies where he has held the position of Research Fellow. His research interests include religion in the acculturation of immigrant and ethnic groups, ethnocultural associational life and incorporation of immigrants, and Italian-Canadian internment during World II. For many years he was the director of research programmes for the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and has published extensively on Italian-Canadian history in general including Within Our Temple: A History of the Orders Sons of Italy of Ontario (Toronto: Order Sons of Italy of Canada, 1995). More recently he co-edited (with Manuela Scarci) A Monument for Italian-Canadian Immigrants: Regional Migration from Italy to Canada (Toronto: Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto & the Italian-Canadian Immigrant Commemorative Association, 1999). He was recently guest editor for a special issue of the journal Quaderni d'Italianistica (the journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies) dedicated to Italian-Canadian studies (forthcoming 2007).