Emilio Spadola - Sociology and Anthropology - Colgate University

Colgate Directory


Emilio Spadola

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern and Islamic Civilization Studies
Sociology & Anthropology, 423 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-6094

President, Middle East Section, American Anthropological Association, 2016-2018


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

Teaching Experience

Colgate University (2008-)
Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Global Thought, Columbia University (2007)


Anthropology of North Africa and the Muslim World; media and communication studies; security and governmentality


  • 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


“The Mass Sacred in Morocco”

Professional Experience

  • Rabat, Morocco, Aug.-Dec. 2015
  • Fez, Morocco, Dec. 2012; May 2014
  • Rabat, Morocco, Société Nationale de Radio et Télévision, Oct. - Dec. 2003
  • Fez, Morocco, Jan. - Sept. 2003
  • New York City, Middle East Institute, Columbia University, Jan. - Dec. 2002
  • Rabat, Morocco, Centre Cinématographique Marocain, Sept. 2000 - Aug. 2001
  • Fez, Morocco, Agence pour la Dedensification et la Rehabilitation, Sept. - Dec. 1998


  • International Research Fellowship, Lampert Institute, Colgate University, 2015-16 
  • Travel Research Fellowship, American Institute for Maghrib Studies, 2015-16 
  • Fund for Innovation in Study Abroad, Colgate University, 2013-14
  • Arts Council Major Grant, Colgate University, 2013-14
  • Research Council Grants, Colgate University, 2007 & 2008-2012
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 2005-2006
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University, 2004-2005
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2002-2003
  • Fulbright IIE Research Fellowship (Declined), 2002-2003
  • Faculty Fellowship, Columbia University, 1997-98 & 2001-2002
  • International Predissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2000-2001
  • President’s Fellowship, Columbia University, 1998-1999
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Summer Fellowship, Columbia University, 1998, 1999
  • Scheps Research Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, 1998

Board Membership

President, Middle East Section, American Anthropological Association, 2016-2018 

Associate Editor, Review of Middle East Studies, 2013-2016

Board Member, (AN Column Editor) AAA Middle East Studies Section, 2007-2009

Board Member (Student) AAA Middle East Studies Section, 2006-2007