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Dr. Silvia Marsans-Sakly

Assistant Professor of History
o: Canisius Hall Rm 322
p: x3412


Silvia Marsans-Sakly joins Fairfield as an Assistant Professor of the Islamic World. She received her BA in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago. After graduations she joined the US Peace Corps and served three years  in Tunisia, igniting what was to become a lifelong passion for the peoples, cultures, and history of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Islamic World. She earned her MA from New York University in Near East Studies and Journalism and then went on to earn her PhD in the joint program of Middle East and Islamic Studies and European History also from NYU, where she worked on state - society relations and social movements in Tunisia. She has published articles on the 2011 Tunisian Revolution and is currently writing entries for the Dictionary of African Biography as well as a book project based on her dissertation, entitled "The People Want..." Creating Tunisia, from Ben Ghadhaham (1864) to Bouazizi (2011). Dr. Marsans-Sakly has been the recipient of numerous grants and has published peer-reviewed bibliographic essays on Tunisia and Libya for Oxford University Press.  She is also interested in cultural studies and is preparing a book on the cultural history of the fez as a marker of modern identity across the Muslim world.

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