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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).

Selected Publications

Review of Pierre Guidi, Éduquer la nation en Ethiopie. École, État et identités dans le Wolaita (1941–1991) Rennes: IRD Éditions, 2020. Revue d’Histoire contemporaine de l’Afrique. Forthcoming.

“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. Cham: Palgrave MacMillan, 2020.

Notable Honors

2020, Provost's Graduate Internship Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2019-2020, Bentley Brinkerhoff Gilbert 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 of 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. Teaching Assistant for Undergraduate Courses:

Middle Eastern Civilization (Fall 2020-online)
Western Civilization since 1648 (Summer 2019-online)
Middle Eastern Civilization (Spring 2019)
Understanding the Holocaust (Fall 2018)
Modern Africa (Spring 2018, Spring 2021-online)
The World since 1400 (Fall 2017)
Western Civilization since 1648 (Spring 2017)
Western Civilization to 1648 (Fall 2016)

Selected Presentations

“Missionary Narratives and Educational Practices in Italian Somalia (1922–41).” May 4-5, 2021. Narratives of Education in Times of Colonization and Decolonization in Africa (1920s–1970s). Université Paris Diderot, France.

"The Educational Ideology of Italian Colonial Schools in Somalia, Eritrea, and Libya." March 30, 2021. Workshop: Politiques scolaires, écoles et publiques scolaires en Afrique de la colonisation aux indépendances. Inalco, Paris, France.

“Muslim Students and Catholic Teachers in Mogadishu, 1930s.” February 1–5, 2021. Third Mission and Modernity Research Academy: Christian-Muslim Missionary Encounters. University of Leuven, Belgium.

Invited Talk: “Schools for Italian Settlers in Fascist Italy’s Empire” (provisional title). December 3–4, 2020. Symposium Educazione e politica culturale nell’emigrazione italiana (Education and Cultural Policy in Italian Diaspora). University of Turin, Italy.

"A History of Colonial Education in Fascist Italy.” June 6, 2020 (online). Centre Population et Développement, Research Area: Education. Université Paris Descartes, 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. First 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.

Research Currently in Progress

Dissertation title: A Global History of Education in Fascist Italy's Colonial Empire: Ideologies, Policy, Lived Experiences (1922-1943)


Research Interests:

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