Five College Assistant Professor of History
Social and cultural histories of the modern Middle East
Nadya Sbaiti specializes in the social and cultural histories of the modern Middle East. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the central role of education to the formation of multiple national narratives and the production of history in Lebanon under French mandate.
Sbaiti’s publications include “‘If the Devil Spoke French’: Strategies of Language and Learning in French Mandate Beirut,” about the cultural and political significance of language of instruction in French mandate Beirut (2009). She also has written articles that guide researchers through Lebanon’s postwar archival terrain. In addition, she has served as co-editor of the peer-reviewed Arab Studies Journal since 2005 and helped produce the acclaimed documentary film, "About Baghdad" (2004).
Sbaiti teaches two sequential surveys of Middle Eastern history, courses on women and gender in the Middle East, the history of education, the Middle East and WWI, aspects of colonialism and nationalism, as well as nonwestern urban history.