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Ph.D., New School for Social Research (1974)
MA, Adelphi University (1966)
BA, Adelphi university (1964)

Recent Courses

Cities, Towns, And Suburbs
Development Of Sociological Thought
Introduction To Sociology
Italian-American Experience
Media Images Of Italian- American

Personal Statement

I believe that teaching is an art-an art worth pursuing and perfecting, because teachers can and do make a difference in their students' lives. By instruction and by example, a faculty member's charge is to promote critical thinking, intellectual analysis, constructive interaction, and expanded awareness. Our fulfilling reward is an avenue for passing on one's passion for knowledge and instilling a lifelong desire in our others to learn, achieve, and excel.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Italian-American Studies, Urban Sociology, Classical Sociological Theory, Community Studies

Research Interests

Italian-Americana, Media Images of Italian-Americans, Italian-Americans and Religion, Italian-American Comedy, Urban Sociology and Community Studies.


Lagumina, S. Primeggia, S., et.al (2000). The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia. NY, NY: Garland Publications.

Varacalli, J., S. Primeggia, et.al (1999). The Saints in the Lives of italian Americans. Stony Brook, NY: Forum Italicum.

Book Chapters

Salvatore Primeggia (2005). Review of Cartwheel to the Moon. In Arcudi., B. and R. Gambino (Eds.). Italian Americana. (pp. 57-58). Buffalo, NY: State University College at Buffalo.

Salvatore Primeggia (2004). La Via Vecchia and Italian Folk Religiosity. In Varacalli, J., LaGumina, S., Cavaioli, F., Elia, D., and Primeggia, S/. (Eds.). Models and Images of Italian American Catholicism. (pp. 15-39). Stony Brook, NY: Forum Italicum.

Salvatore primeggia (2003). The Social Context of Religious Devotion. In Varacalli, J., Primeggia, S., LaGumina, S., and D'Elia, D (Eds.). The Saints in the Lives of Italian Americans. (pp. 68-92). Stony Brook, NY: Forum Italicum.

Refereed Articles

Primeggia, S. & Varacalli, J (1996), The Sacred and Profane Among Italian-American Catholics. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 9, 423-449.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

Salvatore Primeggia (2007, October). The Saints in the Lives of Italian-American Catholics. 15th Annual Meeting of the Society of catholic Social Scientists, New York, NY.

Salvatore Primeggia (2007, October). The Giglio Feast as an Agent of Evangelization. 15th Annual Meeting of the Society of catholic Social Scientists, New York, NY.

Conference Presentations/Papers

Primeggia, S. (2004). "Italian-American Comedy: From the Immigrant Era to the Present". In NY State Italian-American legislators. Albany, NY.

Primeggia, S. (2004). "The Brooklyn Giglio Feast: Building Upon Solid Roots". In Il Club Italiano of Westchester C.C.. Westchester.

Primeggia. S. (2004). "Religion and Superstitions: The Southern Italian and Italian-American Belief System'. In Columbian lawyer's Association of Rockland & Orange Counties ounties. Suffern.

Primeggia, S. (2003). In Slate Valley Museum. Granville, NY.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Models and Images of Italian American Catholicism: Academy and Society

Honors and Accomplishments

Included in Marquis’Who’s Who in America, 2011 edition.
Recipient of Association of Italian American Educators, “Educator of the Year Award” for Higher Education, April, 2010.
Included in Who’s Who in America, 2010 edition.
Distinguished Service Honoree recipient, through the Comptroller’s Office of The City of New York’s celebration of Italian Heritage and Culture for Scholarship and Leadership in Italian-American Life, 2007.

Included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers & Educators, Volume 11, 2006-2007.
Recipient of Senior Class of 2006’s Distinguished Faculty Excellence Award, November 19, 2006.
Included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Volume 9, 2005.
Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, December, 2004.
Selected for Inclusion in the AcademicKeys Who’s Who in Social Science Higher Education (WWSSHE), 2004.
Included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Volume 8, 2004.
2003 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professional Activities

Speaker in the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers Bureau, 1996-present.