Heather Streets-Salter

Associate Professor of History, Director of World History Programs
education Ph.D., 1998, Modern Britain/British Empire
Duke University
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Heather Streets-Salter joined the Department of History in January 2012 as director of World History Programs. Streets-Salter’s research focuses on world history, the structure of empires and colonial relationships, and the scholarship of pedagogy. She is the author of Martial Races: The Military, Martial Races, and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914 (2004), Traditions and Encounters: A Brief Global History (2006 and 2009) with Jerry Bentley and Herb Ziegler, and Modern Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective (2010) with Trevor Getz. Her current research explores imperialism and colonialism as global phenomena through a focus on the administrative, political, and ideological networks that existed between French Indochina, the Dutch East Indies, and British Malaya between 1890 and 1940. She argues that colonial histories cannot be understood without reference to neighboring colonies, rival metropoles, and even—in this case—extra-colonial locations such as China and the Arab world.

Streets-Salter’s teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels has focused on world history, the history of Imperialism, gender history, and British history. Recent graduate readings courses have included “Network and Diffusion Theory in World History,” “Southeast Asia in World History,” “War and Violence in World History,” and “The History of Masculinity.”

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Streets-Salter taught at Washington State University for 13 years, where she directed the graduate program in world history from 2003-2011. She also directed the undergraduate program in world civilizations from 2009-2011.

Selected Publications

Book in Progress

Webs of Empire: Connections Across Imperial Boundaries in Southeast Asia.


Co-authored with Trevor Getz. Modern Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective. Pearson-Longman, August 2010.

Co-authored with Jerry Bentley and Herb Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: Brief Edition, 2nd edition. McGraw-Hill, September 2009.

Co-authored with Jerry Bentley and Herb Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: Brief Edition. McGraw-Hill, September 2006.

Martial Races: The Military, Race, and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914. Manchester University Press, 2004. (reissued in paperback in Fall, 2010)

Edited Books and Volumes

Editor-in-chief, Commodities, Culture, and History: The Products that Changed the World, Volumes I-II. Facts On File, forthcoming, 2012.

Senior editor, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Volumes I-VIII. Oxford

University Press, 2008. Editor-in-chief, Peter N. Stearns.

Articles and Chapters

“Writing for Student Audiences: Pitfalls and Possibilities,” Special Issue of Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques (2012).

“Becoming a World Historian: Training, Topics, and Goals,” in Douglas Northrup, editor, A Companion to World History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

“Empire and Imperialism: Overview,” “Indian War,” and “Gender and Empire,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2008).

“Martial Races,” in International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities, 1 Vol., eds. M. Flood, J.K. Gardiner, B. Pease, and K. Pringle. (Routledge, 2007).

“Ever-Changing Perspectives,” historiographical essay in ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of World History (ABC-CLIO, 2007).

“World History at Washington State University,” in Patrick Manning, editor, Global Practices in World History (Marcus Weiner Publications, 2007).

“Global Imperialism and Gender,” in William H. McNeill, editor, Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History. (Berkshire Press, 2005).

“Military Influence in Late Victorian and Edwardian Popular Media: The Case of Frederick Roberts,” Journal of Victorian Culture 8:2 (2003).

“The Imperial Turn in The Classroom: Academic Discourses Meet Student Response,” in Antoinette Burton, editor. After the Imperial Turn (Duke University Press, 2003).

“Identity in the Highland Regiments in the Nineteenth Century: Soldier, Region, Nation,” in Steve Murdoch and Andrew Mackillop, editors, The Scottish Military Experience, c. 1600-1800. (Brill Academic Press, 2002).

“The Rebellion of 1857: Origins, Consequences, and Themes,” Teaching South Asia, Vol. I, number 1 (Winter 2001), http://www.mssu.edu/projectsouthasia/tsa/VIN1/Streets.htm.