Heather Streets-Salter joins the History Department 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.