Office: Humanities 303
I am a historian of the social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East, with a focus on the Arab world. I graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a B.A. in Arabic and Persian, and then went on to pursue an M.A. in Arab Studies and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and North African History from Georgetown University. Before returning to the East Coast and joining the Department of History at Loyola University Maryland in Fall 2009, I was an Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington. My first book, entitled Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800, was just published by Cambridge University Press (2014). It examines blindness, deafness, impairments of the mind, and intersex in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
Areas of Specialization
- History of the Middle East and North Africa
- Ottoman Empire
- Colonial Libya
- Women and Gender
Course syllabi and other resources can be found at http://evergreen.loyola.edu/~sscalenghe.
- HS 107 The Making of the Modern World: The Middle East
- HS 393D The Making of the Modern Middle East
- HS 394 Colonialism and Nationalism in the Middle East and North Africa
- HS 481 The History of Disability in Comparative Perspective
- HS 448D Women and Gender in the Middle East
- HS 449D The Modern Middle East through Literature and Film
- HS 489 Seminar: America in the Middle East