Emilio Spadola

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Emilio Spadola

Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies

PhD, Columbia University, 2007
MPhil, Columbia University, 2002
BA, Swarthmore College, 1995

Colgate University (2008-2017; 2019-) 

Tufts University (2017-2019) 

Center for Global Thought, Columbia University (2007) 

  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Media Studies 
  • North African Studies


The Calls of Islam: Sufis, Islamists, and Mass Mediation in Urban Morocco. Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press. 2014

Honorable Mention, 2015 L. Carl Brown Book Prize in North African Studies (American Institute of Maghrib Studies)

Honorable Mention,  2014 Clifford Geertz Book Prize (Society for the Anthropology of Religion)

Book Chapters and Articles

“Islam, Mediation, Modernity,” Political Theology. July, 2022 (doi: 10.1080/1462317X.2022.2092334).

(with Alice Catanzaro) “Sufism and Moroccan Political Culture: From the Theatrics of Domination to Neoliberal Development,” Hesperis-Tamuda, Vol. 55, No. 3 (Autumn, Débats anthropologiques sur les sociétés du Maghreb: passé et présent (II), ed. Aomar Boum and Rahma Bourquia), 81-101. (https://www.hesperis-tamuda.com/Downloads/2020/fascicule-3/5.pdf)

“On Mediation and Magnetism; or, Why Destroy Saint Shrines?” in Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World, edited by Babak Rahimi and Peyman Eshaghi. University of North Carolina Press. 2019. (doi.org/10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651460.003.0011)

The Call of Communication: Mass Media and Reform in Interwar Morocco,” in The Middle East 1918-1939: Changes and Challenges, ed. Kate Fleet and Ebru Boyar. Social, Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia. Brill Press. 2018.

“Rites of Reception: Trance, Technology, and National Belonging in Morocco.”  In Trance Mediums and New Media: Spirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction, edited by Heike Behrend, Martin Zillinger, and Anja Dreschke. Fordham University Press, 2015.

“Forgive Me Friend: Mohammed and Ibrahim.” In  Encountering Morocco:Fieldwork and Cultural Understanding, edited by David Crawford and Rachel Newcomb. Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 2013

“Our Master’s Call: Mass Media and ‘the People’ in Morocco’s 1975 Green March.” In Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium, edited by Susan Slyomovics and Sherine Hafez. Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 2013.

“Forgive Me Friend: Mohammed and Ibrahim.” Anthropological Quarterly. Vol. 84, No. 3, Summer 2011, 737-756.

“Writing cures: religious and communicative authority in late modern Morocco.” Journal of North African Studies. Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2009, 155-168.

“The Scandal of Ecstasy: Communication, Sufi Rites, and Social Reform in 1930s Morocco,” Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life. Vol. 2, No. 2, July 2008, 119-138.

“Jinn, Islam, and Media in Morocco.” In Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam V, edited by George Stauth and Armando Salvatore, 142-172.  Hamburg: Lit, 2004.

Notre Dame Global Research in Religion Initiative: International Collaborative Grant (with Dr. Meriem El-Haitami, Rabat), 2018-19

Lampert Institute, Colgate University: International Research Fellowship, 2015-16 

American Institute for Maghrib Studies: Travel Research Fellowship, 2015-16 

Woodrow Wilson Foundation: Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship, 2005-2006

Fulbright Foundation: Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2002-2003

Fulbright Foundation: IIE Research Fellowship (Declined), 2002-2003

Social Science Research Council: International Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, 2000-2001