Meet Spencer Segalla
Associate Chair of History, Geography and Legal Studies/Associate Professor, History
Phone: (813) 257-3326
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
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.
World History to 1500
World History from 1500 to the Present
History of the Islamic World
Introduction to African History
History Capstone Research Seminar
Natural and Unnatural Disasters in Modern World History
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.
Segalla is a historian whose work has explored relationships between Muslim North and West Africans and Europeans in the 20th century. His second book, Empire and Catastrophe: Decolonization and Environmental Disaster in North African and Mediterranean France since 1954, is under contract with University of Nebraska Press. His first book, The Moroccan Soul: French Education, Colonial Ethnography, and Muslim Resistance, was published by UNP 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." In 2016, he published a book chapter entitled "Natural Disaster, Globalization, and Decolonization: The Case of the 1960 Agadir Earthquake," in the anthology French Mediterraneans, edited by Patricia Lorcin and Todd Shepard. Segalla is also the treasurer and a member of the three-member executive board of the French Coloinial Historical Society.
Segalla was awarded the 2003 Eccles Prize by the French Colonial Historical Society for an article published in French Colonial History, and a writing fellowship by the Spencer Foundation.