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Marisa Natale

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Contact Information

110 Coble Hall
801 S Wright St
801 S Wright
M/C 322
Champaign, IL 61820

Research Interests

Modern Middle East


Gender and Sexuality


Policing and Criminal Justice

Imperial History

Family History

Research Description

My research interests include the history of policing, the family, law, gender, sexuality, and empire. My dissertation research focuses on the history of policing gender, sexuality and the family during the British Mandate for Palestine (1920-1948). In my work, policing the family includes the traditional arenas of colonial surveillance of the family, such as regulating age of marriage and polygyny, as well as the oft-neglected issue of sex work, a sphere of regulation typically conceived as separate from the nuclear family. I utilize legal sources, such as legislation, court transcripts and police records, as well as newspapers and periodicals, as my primary source base for this work.


M.A., History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020

B.A., History, summa cum laude, Clark University, 2017




Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, 2022-2023

Fellowship for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) for Arabic, AY 2020-2021

FLAS for Arabic, AY 2019-2020

FLAS for Turkish, Summer 2019


Courses Taught

HIST 381: Urban History, Spring 2022

HIST 100: Global History, Fall 2021