Sara Scalenghe, Ph.D.
Sara Scalenghe, Ph.D., associate professor of history, holds a Master of Arts in Arab Studies and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and North African History from Georgetown University. Prior to joining the department of history at Loyola, Scalenghe taught at Indiana University Bloomington for two years. At Loyola, she says she enjoys the freedom she has to teach courses on topics she is passionate about, including Women in Gender in the Middle East and Global Histories of Disability. Scalenghe, who started teaching at Loyola in 2009, is originally from Italy. She attended college in the United Kingdom and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Arabic with Persian from the School of Oriental and African Studies through the University of London. Her research focuses on the history of disability in the Middle East and in the Global South, and she is currently working on a book about disability in the colonial and modern Middle East to follow her first book, Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800. In her classroom, Scalenghe most appreciates her students’ eagerness to learn. She believes the wide range of courses and the accomplished faculty make Loyola’s history program distinctive, challenging, and rewarding.
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I love the students who take my classes, because they are usually curious, open-minded, and committed to social justice.