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Spencer Segalla


Spencer Segalla

Meet Spencer Segalla

Associate Professor, History

Education: 1993 Yale University, Religious Studies, B.A
1995 Stony Brook University, Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.
1998 Stony Brook University, History, M.A.
2003 Stony Brook University, History, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: World History to 1500
World History from 1500 to the Present
History of the Islamic World
Introduction to African History 
Natural and Unnatural Disasters in Modern World History

Career Specialties: Spencer Segalla specializes in the history of European colonialism, decolonization and transnational relations in Muslim North and West Africa. He has particular interests in colonial education and in political and cultural responses to disasters.

Professional and Community Activities: Segalla is a historian whose work has explored relationships between Muslim North and West Africans and Europeans in the 20th century.   His first book, The Moroccan Soul: French Education, Colonial Ethnography, and Muslim Resistance , was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2009.  In 2012, he published "The Micropolitics of Colonial Education in French West Africa, 1914-1919" (French Colonial History) and "The 1959 Moroccan Oil Poisoning and U.S. Cold War Disaster Diplomacy" (Journal of North African Studies). He is currently working on an anthology chapter entitled "The 1960 Agadir Earthquake and the Renegotiation of Morocco's Atlantic and Mediterranean Relations."

Honors and Awards: Segalla has been awarded the Eccles Prize by the French Colonial Historical Society for an article published in French Colonial History, and a writing fellowship by the Spencer Foundation.