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Caterina Scalvedi
Visiting Assistant Professor


A historian of modern Europe, I specialize in empire and education in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, teaching divisional and advanced-level undergraduate courses in modern European history in global perspective.

My first book project, tentatively titled Subjects of Empire: Italian Colonialism, Education, and Development in Africa and the Mediterranean (1880s-1950s), explores the history of schools for Italian colonial subjects by emphasizing circulation of pedagogic ideas, teachers, and students within Italy’s empire as well as between Italy’s empire and other contexts in Europe, Africa, and North America.

I am the author of a peer reviewed-article on educational continuities in Somalia from the colonial to the early postcolonial period (Northeast African Studies, 2023) and two book chapters on labor and missionary education in Somalia. Currently, I am in the process of editing two article drafts on the history of international conferences on colonial education in the interwar period and the history of Italian-language colonial textbooks respectively.


Fall 2023:
– Europe and the World in the Modern Era (HIST 102)

Spring 2023:
– Fascism in Europe and Beyond (TBA)
– Europe and the World in the Modern Era (HIST 102)

Monographs and Edited Collections

Subjects of Empire: Italian Colonialism, Education, and Development in Africa and the Mediterranean (1880s-1950s). Monograph in preparation.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Making the Colonial School: Catholic Teachers and Muslim Students in Italian Somalia (1930-1941).” In Narratives of Education in Times of Colonization and Decolonization in Africa (1920s-1970s), edited by Pierre Guidi, Ellen Vea Rosnes, Jean-Luc Martineau. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, forthcoming in Fall 2023.

“Cruce et aratro: Fascism, Missionary Schools, and Labor in 1920s Italian Somalia.” In Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa. Policies, Paradigms, and Entanglements, 1890s-1980s, edited by Miguel Bandeira Jéronimo, Hugo Dores, and Damiano Matasci, 143-171. Cham, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-27801-46.

Articles and Essays

“Between Nation and Empire: School Materials for Italian Colonial Subjects.” Article forthcoming in the peer-reviewed journal Contemporanea in Spring 2025 within a special issue on Italian colonialism and the history of publishing.

“The Missionary at the Gates of ‘Dawn’: Educational Continuities from Fascist Somalia through the UN Order (1920s-50s).” Northeast African Studies 22, n. 1 (2023): 45-89.


Review of Erica Moretti, The Best Weapon for Peace: Maria Montessori, Education, and Children’s Rights. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2022. H-Italy. Forthcoming in 2024.

Bilingual (English and French) Review of Pierre Guidi, Éduquer la Nation en Éthiopie. École, État et identités dans le Wolaita (1941-1991). Rennes, France: IRD Editions, 2020. Revue d’Histoire contemporaine de l’Afrique. June 2021. doi: 10.51185/journals/rhca.2021.e494.