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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Ilaria Scaglia

Assistant Professor

Ilaria Scaglia


Dr. Ilaria Scaglia

Position: Assistant Professor
Office: Yancey Center 354
Phone: 706-507-8357

Office Hours

Spring Semester, 2018
TR 10:00-11:00 am (Main Campus) FOB 201
TR 3:00-4:00 pm (Riverpark Campus) YC 354
or by appointment


Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo

M.A., B.A., University Ca' Foscari di Venezia (Venice, Italy)

Specialty Area

International History, History of International Cooperation


A native of Italy, Dr. Scaglia completed her undergraduate studies in Chinese Language and Literature at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice.  She spent several months in China at the Beijing Yuyan Xueyuan (Beijing Language and Culture University) in Beijing, PRC, and at the New Asia Yale-China Chinese Language Center, in Hong Kong, SAR, before starting her graduate studies in history in the United States.  She received her Ph.D. in modern European history with a focus on international and transnational history from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Her dissertation, “The Diplomacy of Display: Art and International Cooperation in the 1920s and 1930s,” completed under the direction of Andreas Daum, discussed the case of the 1935–1936 International Exhibition of Chinese Art in London to explore how public performances and displays served as vehicles for the dissemination of ideas and as tools for the conduct of both domestic and foreign policy during the interwar period. 

Scaglia regularly teaches a survey of World History from 1500 to the present, as well as advanced courses in Historical Methods, the History of Emotions, the History of Internationalism, Historiography, International Relations, Asian History, and "Orientalism, Europe, and the World."  She is also Chair of the Subcommittee for the International Learning Community Program, Center for International Education here at CSU and Membership Coordinator for the Coordinating Council for Women in History.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Scaglia spent the 2016-2017 academic year attached to the Freie Universität Berlin, after winning a Volkswagen - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Germany. She was also named the Spring 2016 Outstanding Faculty in Study Abroad/International Education by the Delta Nu Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society. 

Scaglia spent much of her year in Berlin completing her book manuscript entitled "The Emotions of Internationalism: Feeling International Cooperation on the Alps in the Interwar Period."

She was the convener of the international workshop: "Making a Case for Internationalism." June 6-7, 2017, at the Freie Universität Berlin. Participants included: Carolyn Biltoft, Graduate Institute, Geneva; Patricia Clavin, University of Oxford, UK; Barbara Keys, University of Melbourne; Daniel Laqua, Northumbria University; Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck, University of London; Hanne Hagtvedt Vik, University of Oslo; Anna-Katharina Wöbse, University of Gießen.

Scaglia recently published:

Her most recent presentations include:

  • Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) in Arlington, VA (June 23-25, 2017). Panel organizer: "The Spaces of Interwar Internationalism." Paper: "Internationalism in the Swiss Village of Leysin."
  • John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Research Colloquium (January 30, 2017). Paper: "Internationalism and the Alps."
  • Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Conference: "Failing at Feelings. Historical Perspectives (1800-2000)." Paper: "Feeling 'Internationalist Emotions' – or not – at the University Sanatorium of Leysin, 1922-1961."
  • Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Fall 2016 Colloquium (December 13, 2016). Paper: "Images of Internationalist Emotions, 1919-1945."
  • World History Association conference in Ghent, Belgium (July 2-5, 2016). Panel organizer: "International Conflict and Cooperation in the Field of Art." Paper: "'Exceptional acuity of vision and a power of touch:' Representing Mountains for Internationalist Purposes in the Interwar Period."
  • 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) in San Diego, CA (June 23-25, 2016). Panel organizer: "What Do Emotions Do? Or How Emotions Made Us Rethink about 'Agency' and 'Causality' in International History." Paper: "Managing Emotions in International (and Internationalist?) Schools, 1919-1939."
  • AHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta (Jan 7-10, 2016). Panel organizer: "Interpreting Mountains: Histories, Narratives, Geographies." Paper: "Noble and Representative Sentiments Come Free": Mountains and Emotions in Internationalist Rhetoric, 1919–45."