Tamburri's research interests lie in literature, cinema, semiotics, interpretation theory, and cultural studies. He has divided his intellectual work evenly between Italian and Italian/American studies, authoring more than a dozen books and one hundred essays circa on both subject areas in English and Italian. He is also the editor of more than thirty volumes and special issues of journals.
His degrees are from Southern Connecticut State University (B.S., Italian & Spanish), Middlebury College (M.A., Italian), University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., Italian & Spanish). In addition to teaching at Smith, Middlebury, and Auburn, he spent thirteen years at Purdue University, before moving to Florida Atlantic where, from 2000 to 2006, he served as Chair of Languages and Linguistics and subsequently Associate Dean for Research, Graduate, and Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as director of the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies and its Program for the Public Intellectual.
Tamburri is a member of numerous organizations for which he has also held administrative positions and national office. He has been a Delegate for Foreign Languages of the Modern Language Association, a member of its Executive Committee for the Division on Modern Italian Literature, and co-founder of the Discussion Group on Italian/American Literature. For the Italian American Studies Association (then, American Italian Historical Association), he was the Newsletter editor for eight years, a member of its Executive Council since 1993, and its president from 2003-2007. He was also vice-president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian for 2006-2007, and served as president for 2008-2009.
He has founded and directed summer programs in Italy and also held positions for the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College’s Scuola Estiva Italiana. He was also the first Esposito Visiting Faculty Fellow at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
Tamburri is also executive producer of the TV program Italics (TW 75, RCN 77, FIOS 30) .
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Awards & Recognitions
• Italian Teachers Association of New York, AATI Chapter: “Leonard Covello Award for Distinguished Service” for the promotion of Italian language and culture (December 17, 2013).
• AATI Award for Distinguished Service for Colleges and Universities for 2013; presented at the AATI general meeting at the ACTFL conference in Orlando (November 22-24, 2013).
• Cavaliere of the Order of Merit of Savoy. Conferred 8 December 2012.
• “The Lehman-LaGuardia Award for Civic Achievement.” Commission for Social Justice Order Sons of Italy (New York State) in America and B'nai B'rith International (Metro-North Region). 10 June 2012.
• “Certificate of Appreciation.” New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission. 2011 Congress. Achievements of Italian Americans: 1861-2011. Rutgers Univ. 15 October 2011.
• “Recognition of Service to the Profession.” AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian), annual convention at American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Boston, MA. 20 November 2010.
• “Frank Stella Person of the Year Award,” ILICA (Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance). New York, New York. 10 November 2010.
• Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community, presented at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Staten Island, NY. 3 October 2010.
• “Amici della Cultura Italiana Award,” Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Staten Island, NY. 3 October 2010.
• Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community, presented at the22nd Annual Fundraiser of The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. Staten Island, NY. 29 August 2010.
• Honoree for special service to the community, the 22nd Annual Fundraiser of The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. Staten Island, NY. 29 August 2010.
• Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. Conferred motu proprio by Hon. Giorgio Napolitano, President of Italy. 2 June 2010.
• Bronx President Adolfo Carrion’s Salute to Community Leaders: Certificate of Appreciation for work as educator and community leader for Italian Americans. Bronx, New York. 23 October 2008.
• Esposito Visiting Faculty Fellow—University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Meetings with faculty and students and delivery of the Distinguished Lecture. 29-30 April 2008.
• Association of Italian American Educators Award for Promotion of Italian Language and Culture. Award ceremony, 30 April 2006.
• Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Southern Connecticut State University. Ceremony, 26 May 2000.
• Certificate of Appreciation for Distinguished Contribution to the National Defense, awarded by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. USA DOD, 1993.
• Italian-American Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1978-1979.