Saniya Lee Ghanoui

I am a historian and scholar researching the cultural history of sex education films in the United States and Sweden. 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 digital communications director 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 NYU; my MA in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College; and my BA in Communication and Media Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.