Elizabeth Zanoni completed her M.A. in History at Western Michigan University in 2005. Working closely with her advisor Dr. Linda Borish, Zanoni wrote her MA thesis on changing debates over women's physical culture, femininity, modesty, and gender roles in sport and consumer culture during the 1920s and 1930s. Zanoni continued to pursue her interest in consumer and ethnic/immigration history as a Ph.D. student in the History Department at the University of Minnesota. She defended her dissertation, "Gendered Nations of Consumers: Migration and Commerce between Italy, the U.S. and Argentina, 1880 to 1940," in 2011.
Zanoni started as Assistant Professor in the History Department at Old Dominion University in fall of 2011. She is teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in U.S. history and U.S. and global migration history. An article based on her dissertation research, "'Per Voi, Signore': Gendered Representations of Fashion, Food, and Fascism in Il Progresso Italo-Americano during the 1930s," was published in the Journal of American Ethnic History 31:3 (Spring 2012), 33-71. Zanoni is also currently revising her dissertation for publication.