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Caterina Scalvedi

Graduate Student



Caterina began the Ph.D. program at UIC in 2016. Her primary advisor is Kirk A. Hoppe (UIC) and the Dissertation committee members are Marina Mogilner (UIC) and Roberta Pergher (University of Indiana, Bloomington).
This academic year (2019-2020) Caterina will be off-campus for archival research in Rome, Italy (Fall 2019), and a visiting doctoral student at Paris Descartes University in Paris, France (Spring 2020).

Selected Publications

“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. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming.

Notable Honors

2019-2020, Bentley Brinkerhoff Gillbert Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago

2017 and 2019, Deena Allen Memorial Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago

2018, Association for the Study of Modern Italy Postgraduate Essay Prize, ASMI

2018, SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program, Northwestern University

2018, Award for Graduate Research, University if Illinois at Chicago

2018, John B. and Theta Wolf Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago

2017, Chancellor's Graduate Research Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2012-2015, “Percorso d’eccellenza” distinction track member and tuition waiver for excellent students, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

2011-2012, Tuition waiver for excellent students, Italian Ministry for Public Education


2014 B.A. History (cum laude), University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Rome, Italy.
2016 M.A. History (cum laude), University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Rome, Italy.
Expected completion date of Ph.D.: 2022.

Courses Taught:

The University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016-2018. Teaching Assistant for Undergraduate Courses:

Western Civilization since 1648 (Summer 2019-online)
Middle Eastern Civilization (Spring 2019)
Understanding the Holocaust (Fall 2018)
Modern Africa (Spring 2018)
The World since 1400 (Fall 2017)
Western Civilization since 1648 (Spring 2017)
Western Civilization to 1648 (Fall 2016)

Selected Presentations

“Imperial Histories of Fascist Education” (provisional title). February 25, 2020.

Politiques scolaires, écoles et publics scolaires en Afrique Sub-Saharienne. Paris Descartes University, France.


“A Research Perspective on Italian Somalia: Church-State Relations and the ‘Problem’ of Meticci.” July 1, 2019.

Russian Empire/Soviet Union through the Lens of Global and New Imperial Histories. University of Tyumen, Russia.

“Catholic Missionaries and Education in Italian Somalia (1924-1930).” September 19, 2018.

Mission and Modernity Research Academy: Missionaries and Education. University of Leuven, Belgium.


“Catholic Missionaries and the Colonial Laboratory of Somalia in the Late 1920s.” September 5, 2018.

Plural Africa: Politics, Knowledge and Social Dynamics in Time and Space: 5th Conference of the African Studies Association in Italy (ASAI). University of Bologna, Italy.


“Church, School, and Printing House: Protestant Missionary Stations between Colonial Censorship and Police Espionage in Eritrea and Ethiopia (1910s-1940s).” November 18, 2017.

African Studies Association 60th Annual Conference (ASA). Chicago, IL.

“Waldensian Missionaries in Colonial Abyssinia (1880s-1941).” April 1, 2017.

Africa Conference. University of Texas, Austin, TX.

“Waldensian Missionaries in Colonial Abyssinia (1880s-1941).”  March 8, 2017.
Brown Bag Series. University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

Research Currently in Progress

An Imperial History of Fascist Education, 1922-1943


Research Interests:

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe; modern Italy; empire and colonialism; nationalism; fascism; mission studies; global history of education; labor history.
Major field: European History. 
Minor fields: African History; World History.