Faculty & Staff
Spencer Di Scala, PhD
Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts
Areas of Expertise
Professor Di Scala’s research interests are in modern Italian history, and modern European history. He teaches courses on Italy from the 18th century, 19th and 20th century Europe, socialism, fascism, World War I and World War II, contemporary Europe, and the Atomic Bomb.
PhD Columbia University
Professional Publications & Contributions
Spencer Di Scala is full professor and past Graduate Program Director in the History Department. Among other works, he has published three books on Italian Socialism, a book on modern Italy that was a selection of the History Book Club and has gone into four editions, and two edited books on Benito Mussolini (with Italian historian Emilio Gentile). Three of his books have been translated into foreign languages. He has published over 250 articles and chapters in books in American and foreign journals and books, newspapers, and encyclopedias, has given many papers in the United States and abroad, and has organized many sessions on scholarly topics. In 1983 he was named Senior Research Fulbright Fellow in Rome and in 1997 Research Professor by the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has been visiting professor at the University of Rome and at the Free University of Rome, LUISS. He serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.
Professor Di Scala is the recipient of the national excellence in teaching award for 2007 from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), of the 2006 outstanding faculty award from the New England Chapter of the UCEA for his innovative pedagogy and teaching, and of awards for his community outreach. He introduced online courses to the History Department and continues to teach them regularly. He was instrumental in establishing exchange programs for students between UMB and universities in Rome and Verona. In 1995, he was named a "Commander" in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the President and Prime Minister of Italy. From 2009 to 2014, he served as President of the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, the largest Italian-American cultural society in New England, whose mission is the diffusion of Italian language and culture. The Society is part of an international organization founded in 1889 by Nobel-Prize winning poet Giosué Carducci and is one of almost 500 chapters worldwide.