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Nadya Sbaiti
Assistant Professor of History

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Office Hours: Wednesday 2–4 p.m., and by appointment

Nadya Sbaiti specializes in the social and cultural histories of the modern Middle East. Her current research focuses on the intersections of education and national identity in Beirut, Lebanon, during the French mandate (1920–1943) and early independence periods (1943–1960s). Additional research interests include spatial and ideological manifestations of colonial processes, the production of history as both discursive and material practice, tourism and heritage, and popular culture (music, game shows, reality television, etc.).

Professor Sbaiti currently serves as co–editor of the peer–reviewed Arab Studies Journal and helped produce the documentary film, "About Baghdad" (2004). She teaches two sequential surveys of Middle Eastern history, women and gender, the history of education, broad–based courses on colonialism and nationalism, as well as nonwestern urban history.