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 is a transnational cultural history that investigates the development of the movements for sex education in the United States and Sweden from 1910 through 1960, the interactions between these two countries, and their signature method of education: the sex education film. My dissertation examines how Sweden and the United States worked together to craft their respective sex education programs, how the two countries exchanged sex education ideas, materials, and films, and the reception of those films in each country.

I am an editor for Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality and a producer of the podcast Sexing History. In addition, I am the Managing Editor and serve on the Editorial Board and Steering Committee for SourceLab, a digital publishing initiative that sits at the intersection of digital humanities, documentary editing, and undergraduate education. 

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.