Saniya Lee Ghanoui

I am a historian and scholar of 19th and 20th century United States history examining the intersections of media and technology studies, gender and sexuality, and medicine and public health with an emphasis on the transnational influence from Scandinavia. My current doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finds that sex education organizations in the U.S. and Sweden shared sex instruction ideas and materials, which resulted in the integration of Swedish concepts, systems, and films into American sex education practices.

I am deeply committed to fostering digital humanities. I am the Archives of Desire editor for Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality, where I commissioned and edited two series: one on the global history of sexuality and disability and another on the history of sex education. I have been a producer for the podcast Sexing History since its inception. Now in its third season, Sexing History examines how the history of sexuality shapes our present. I have conducted oral histories, researched archival material, co-written and edited episodes. As Managing Editor of SourceLab, a digital publishing initiative that sits at the intersection of digital humanities, documentary editing, and undergraduate education, I guided students through the research, writing, peer-review, and publication of digital essays.

My research is rooted in the history of science, technology, and medicine; media history; gender and sexuality studies; and U.S. history. I graduated with my MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University; my MA in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College; and my BA in Communication and Media Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.