Ph.D students

David Albanese

Binghamton University, State University of New York
BA History, 2008
MA History, 2010

Fields: Modern Russian & Soviet History, Eastern & Central Europe, America & the World

Dissertation: “Burning Hatreds: Anti-Soviet Nationalists and the Cold War” (Working Title)

I intend to examine the American exploitation of xenophobic nationalism as a method of destabilizing Soviet authority in the Early Cold War. From the post-war period through the 1960s, U.S. covert operations sought out Soviet nationalist emigres to run anti-Soviet operations behind the Iron Curtain. The individuals and organizations on which I concentrate, many of whom openly collaborated under Nazi occupation, appear to have been valued for their intense xenophobia. The Central Intelligence Agency saw great value in using exclusionary nationalist sentiment as a mobilizing force capable of counteracting Soviet internationalism and exploiting the Soviet Union’s diversity, its history of mutual ethnic animosities, as well as its federated, multinational structure. I in turn consider the emigre agents’ manipulation of American patronage, the responses of Soviet counter-intelligence, and the consequences of state-sponsored xenophobia on both sides of the Cold War.

Feruza Aripova


Cohort: 2012

M.A., Coexistence and Conflict, Brandeis University, 2010, Waltham, Massachusetts.

B.A., Theological Studies, LCC International University, 2008, Klaipeda, Lithuania.

B.A., English, Uzbek State World Languages University, 2000, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Fields: Soviet and modern Russian history, gender in the post-Soviet space.

David DeCamp


B.A., History, Davidson College.

Research Interests:

Urbanization, transportation, and the digital humanities. My research focuses primarily on perceptions and portrayals of the London Underground from around 1850 through World War II.

I am currently a fellow for the Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and a research assistant for Northeastern’s Our Marathon project, a digital archive of stories, pictures, videos, audio recordings, and social media engagement related the Boston Marathon bombings (

Tara Dixon

Cohort: 2008

M.A., History, Northeastern University, 2011
B.S., Educational Studies, University of Maine-Presque Isle, 2008
B.A., History and Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Interests: Food, Commodities/Commodification, Maritime Trade, Pacific Island ‘world’
Languages: Classical Latin, Hawaiian


Stacy Fahrenthold


B.A. History, Georgia State University, 2007

M.A. History, Northeastern University, 2009

Ph.D. World History, Northeastern University, 2014 (expected)

Fields: modern Middle East history, Syrian and Lebanese history, global migrations history, Arab diasporas, transnational activism and political culture

Dissertation Title: The Global Levant: Making a Nation in the Syrian-Lebanese Diaspora, 1913-1939

My dissertation studies Syrian and Lebanese political culture in the American mahjar (diaspora) during the interwar period. Tracing intellectual and activist networks between the Syrian and Lebanese communities in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and New York City, the project is the first of its kind to triangulate the Levant’s colonies across three continents and explore the political culture they shared. The project analyzes the Syrian diaspora’s political activism beginning with WWI, arguing that emigrants played a formative role in the construction of the modern Lebanese and Syrian states, as well as in the anti-colonial nationalist movements that emerged in Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. I then explore the emergence of a transnational patriotic culture in the diaspora’s periodical press. Using newspapers, club records, and correspondence circulated by Arab emigrants themselves, I ask new questions about the construction of political communities in the modern Middle East.

For academic year 2013-2014, I am completing my dissertation thesis with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.  I owe much gratitude for additional research grants from the Immigration History Research Center at University of Minnesota, the Gillis Family Grant, and Northeastern’s own Lucille Zanghi/James Dow Dissertation Research Grant. I am especially grateful for my wonderful committee: Ilham Khuri-Makdisi (chair), Laura Frader, and Akram Khater (at North Carolina State University). My most recent article, “Sound Minds in Sound Bodies: Transnational Philanthropy and Patriotic Masculinity in Nadi Homsi and Syrian Brazil, 1920-1932,” is forthcoming in the International Journal of Middle East Studies in 2014. Another recent article, “Transnational Modes and Media: The Syrian Press in the Mahjar and Emigrant Activism during World War I,” can be accessed in Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies.


Allison Funk

B.A., Asian Studies and Literature, Bard College, 2003

Graduate Certificate, Museum Studies, Tufts University, 2011

M.A., History (concentration in Public History), Northeastern University, 2013

Fields: 20th century Military History, Maritime History, Public History

Research Interests: Social and cultural history of warfare, war and memory, museum theory and best practices, collections care and management

Shaunna Harrington

Cohort: 2010

My area is the United States in the world with an emphasis on the transnational construction of race. I am interested in exploring schools as sites of cultural production about race, identity and nationalism. In addition to being a doctoral candidate, I am a full time member of the faculty in Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Education. My courses include Teaching History and Social Studies and Race and Ethnicity in Education. I also have taught workshops and courses for high school teachers on gendering the world history curriculum.


Ethan Hawkley

Cohort: 2008

B.A., History, Brigham Young University

M.A., History, Northeastern University

Research and Teaching Fields: East and Southeast Asia, Latin America, World History, Colonialism, Global Christianities, Public History

Dissertation Title: “Globalizing the Philippines: The World and the Making of a Colonial Community in Southeast Asia, 1565-1665″

Dissertation Summary: Before 1565, the place now known as the Philippines was an undefined extension of the Malay archipelago populated by dozens of ethnic groups, living in a myriad of independent villages, scattered over thousands of islands. By 1665, a multiethnic community had been formed in the Philippines that both diversified and tied together hundreds of these villages into a unified and expanding colonial network. This colonial community—made by indigenous, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and other peoples—carved out the political, cultural, and geographic origins of the Philippine nation. Drawing on archives in the United States, the Philippines, and Spain, I argue that this process occurred in relation to a convergence of global forces emanating out of the early modern Atlantic world, the Indian Ocean world, and the East Asian world. I describe this convergence by focusing on the construction of the cultural and geographic borders separating the emerging colonial community from various groups of outsiders. Specifically, I focus on the construction of three borders: one separating the people of the Philippine lowlands from their upland neighbors, another that divided Moros and Christians, and a third that walled off the immigrant Chinese. In each case, the colonial community came into being as part of a process that engraved these borders and their new sociocultural meanings into the local landscape.

Burleigh Hendrickson

Cohort: 2007

M.A., Modern European History, Subfield in Global History, Portland State University

B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill, Global History and French Literature, 2001

Interests: French colonial history, postcolonial studies, Magrhib studies, pan-African and European intellectual history, 20th-century transnational protest

Thesis: Imperial Fragments and Transnational Activism: 1968(s) in Tunisia, France, and Senegal

My current research compares social movements in the 1960s and 1970s in three different cities located in the former French empire; Tunis, Paris, and Dakar. I conducted fieldwork for my dissertation from September 2009 to July 2012 in these three sites. I was affiliated with the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France, in 2009-2010, and an invited researcher at the Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhônes-Alpes in 2010-2011. Funding for research in Paris, Tunis and Dakar in 2010-2011 was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Social Science Research Council (International Dissertation Research Fellowship) and Fulbright-Hays (Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad). My findings suggest that colonial history, intellectual migration, and global protest were intertwined, and that colonial ties transformed the university into a site of conflict between activist youth and the state in 1968 over modernization strategies and the direction of the nation. I am also interested in the emergence of human rights organizations in response to state repression of 1968 university protests, particularly in Tunisia.

Data collected during this period has provided material for three publications, including a peer-reviewed article in the November 2012 special issue in the International Journal of Middle East Studies and two French-language publications. My dissertation committee consists of Drs. Laura Frader, Timothy Brown, and Katherine Luongo, while I have received local guidance from Drs. Pascale Barthélémy and Boris Gobille (ENS de Lyon), as well as Dr. Habib Kazdaghli (Université de Tunis-Manouba) and Dr. Ibrahima Thioub (Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar). My historical heroes include, but are not limited to, Gracchus Babeuf, Frantz Fanon, and Rasheed Wallace.

Burleigh was recently a featured guest of journalist Antonin Perraud for Mediapart tele-webcast, “La revolution tunisienne à l’aune de Mai 1968,” February 25, 2011.


Regina Kazyulina

B.A., History, Northeastern University, 2011

Fields: History of the Soviet Union and Modern Russia, Eastern European Jewish History, World History

Research Interests: German occupation of Soviet territory during World War Two, Everyday Life, the Holocaust, Gender


Bridget Keown

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M.A., Imperial & Commonwealth History, King’s College London, 2010

B.A., History & Russian, Smith College, 2007

Interests: History and culture of the First World War, shell-shock and concepts of masculinity, especially among the Irish in the First World War, memorials and memorialization of the First World War.


Elizabeth R. Lehr

M.A., Gender & Cultural Studies: Simmons College

M.A., Professional Writing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

B.S., Biology, Syracuse University

Interests: French Colonial Empire, Gender, Africa, Land and Use of Space, World History and Networks

Fields: France in the World; Africa; Gender and Empire

Dissertation Working Title: “France’s Imperial Tools: Gender, Land, and Colonial Law in French Equatorial Africa, 1870-1914”

Another title for this dissertation might be “”. From 19th-century exploration to 20th-century centralized colonial administration, I am interested in the meanings and uses of land and landscape in colonial francophone Africa and the production of imperial policy in African spaces. All history is gender history.


Colleen McCormick

Public History
Cohort: 2008
B.A. Furman University
Interests: Public history, artistic and cultural history, early modern Europe.
My research focuses on the creative ways in which people express and define themselves, others, and history. Thus, I examine what music, theater, dance/movement, the visual arts, literature, storytelling, film, costume, and craft say about the peoples that produce them and the potential of these mediums to act as effective cultural conduits across space and time.

Abigail Mullen


B.A., Humanities, Bob Jones University, 2007

M.A., English, Bob Jones University, 2009

Fields: United States, Revolution to Civil War; Atlantic World; and Digital History.

Ross Newton

M.A., History, Northeastern University, 2009
B.A., History, Hampshire College, 2007Interests: The Atlantic World, the British Empire, Colonial North America, Comparative Colonization, and Religious EncountersDissertation: “Patrons, Politics, and Pews: Boston Anglicans and the Shaping of the Anglo-Atlantic, 1686-1805”My dissertation looks at links between Massachusetts’ minority community of Anglicans and the larger Atlantic World. I focus especially on lay Anglicans who gave and solicited aid to local and far-flung churches. My dissertation examines cultural meanings associated with religious artifacts and gifts, such as communion silver and the Book of Common Prayer, used within Boston’s Anglican churches. By exposing elite, ordinary, and enslaved participation in religious life at Anglican churches, my dissertation shows how elites constructed their statuses within religious and civic communities and draws important links between New England slavery, West Indian planters, and the larger Atlantic slave trade. Though Anglicans were often aligned with the crown I further look beyond the immediate events of the American Revolution to show how members of this community navigated the economic and political exigencies of the day and remained remarkably rooted to local places and material artifacts. I have published on slaves and masters at Boston’s Christ Church (commonly known as the Old North Church) and the relationship between British logwood merchants residing in the Bay of Honduras and members of Christ Church. I also consult and research for Boston’s King’s Chapel and the Old North Foundation, along Boston’s Freedom Trail, and teach “Introduction to United States History” and “Atlantic Connections” as a lecturer at Northeastern.Email:

Malcolm Purinton

Cohort: 2010

M.A., History, Northeastern University, 2008
B.A., History, University of Vermont, 2006

B.A., Theater: Acting and Scenic Design, Hampshire College, 2002

Exam Fields: World History, Imperialism, Modern Europe


Interests: History of Beer and Alcohol, History of Capitalism, Commodities/Commodification, Gender, European Imperialism, and Trade Networks

Dissertation: Empire in a Bottle: How the Pilsner Lager Became the Imperial Beer, 1842-1930 [Working Title].

My project explores the unique story of the Pilsner-style lager from its invention in Bohemia to its consumption around the world. I examine the economic, political, social, and cultural influences affecting the spread of this style of beer through the Imperial trade networks of European colonial powers. My previous work has included a history of the India Pale Ale and its relationship with British colonialism as well as work on the history of British and French colonial alcohol policies in terms of gender and economics. I am also an avid homebrewer.

Olivier Schouteden

M.A., History, University of Texas at Brownsville, 2011

B.A., History, Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille III, 2007

Interests: Modern French History, France and French people in the World, Travel and Travel Literature, Immigration, French Colonial Empire, Post-Colonial Studies, and World History.

Akin Sefer

Cohort: 2011

B.A., Political Science&International Relations, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007

M.A., The Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009

M.A. Thesis Title: “The Docks of the Revolution: The Struggles of the Port Workers of Istanbul in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century”

Fields: Ottoman/Middle Eastern History, Labor History, World History

Sana Tannoury Karam


M.A., Political Science, American University of Beirut

B.A., Economics, Lebanese American University

Research Fields: Modern Middle Eastern History, Arab Intellectual History, History of the Arab Left

Research Topic: I am working on the history of the Arab Left in the interwar period, particularly the history of early socialist and communist thought in the Eastern Mediterranean and how Arab intellectuals worked to localize these global ideas along with parallel developing ideas such as nationalism and anti-imperialism.

 Matthew Williamson

B.A., History and Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
M.S., Education, St. Joseph’s University 2009

Fields: American Revolution and Early Republic, British Empire, Atlantic World