Dean Poiger

Fall 2013 Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2013


Letter from Dean Poiger


Dear alumni and friends,

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) alumni e-newsletter! It is my sincere hope that providing you with news and updates from the college will help you stay connected with our college and Northeastern.

CSSH welcomed 15 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members this fall, and each of them brings new expertise to our already vibrant intellectual community. These faculty members are making a mark in their fields, which include environmental health, science, and ethics; writing and rhetoric; digital humanities and computational social science; public administration; public history; mobility studies; urban studies; security and resilience; and international affairs. In each of these fields, the college is building momentum.

This year, CSSH is embarking on several exciting new interdisciplinary initiatives in international and global studies, as well as in resilience studies. We have just founded two new research centers in our college: the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures and the Center for Resilience Studies. Resilience has been very much on our minds in CSSH as our faculty have led efforts such as lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy or “Our Marathon”, a digital archive of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. In the spring, Northeastern approved a new interdisciplinary professional Master of Science degree program in security and resilience. It is the first program of its kind in the country and will combine infrastructure and policy analysis to educate leaders in emergency response and prevention.

Co-op remains a crucial component in our students’ intellectual and professional growth. For criminal justice majors working in Massachusetts as children’s advocates, English majors teaching in Honduras, or international affairs majors gaining new insights with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland, co-op is transformative. In this newsletter, you hear from two students about their co-op experiences: history major Evan Shafer and economics major Britany DiCicco. The college is also working to expand other experiential learning opportunities for students, including the popular Dialogue of Civilizations summer programs that take students on intensive experiences abroad as well as faculty-student research. Please watch the video about Kaya Simmons’ experience. Inspired by one of his Sociology 101 professors, he got involved as a freshman in an interdisciplinary research project on the environment.

We plan to send this electronic alumni newsletter twice a year. In the meantime, please visit the college’s website at, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.  Please take a look at our events and news sections. I look forward to sharing updates about our exciting initiatives and student, faculty, and alumni accomplishments with you!




Uta G. Poiger

Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Northeastern University