Departmental Kudos

  • History major Kelsey Bacon (’12) was chosen as the student scholar speaker at this year’s convocation ceremony. Kelsey gave an inspiring speech to the incoming class of freshman, in which she related her recent experiences studying abroad in Armenia, and her co-op at the American embassy in Moscow.
  • Graduate student Stacy Fahrenthold conducted research for her dissertation on Lebanese migration in Beirut in Fall 2011 with support from a Lucille R. Zanghi LA ’72 and James M. Dow, LA ’72 Endowed History Fund.

Faculty News

  • Fall 2008: The Department of History Welcomes New Assistant Professor In 2008-2009 the Department welcomes Charissa Joy Threat, formerly a 2007-2008 Diversity Dissertation Fellow in History, as Assistant Professor of History. Professor Threat’s dissertation (University of Iowa, 2008), “Reimagining Civil Rights: the Integration of the Army Nurse Corps 1940-1968″ examines the integration of African-American women and white men into the Nurse Corps during and after World War II. Professor Threat will teach courses on Race, War, and Civil Rights, African-American History, and African-American Women’s History.

Graduate News

  • Spring 2009: The first Graduate World History Conference at Northeastern, “Out of Bounds: Exploring Global Connections” will take place March 21-22, 2009 on the Northeastern campus. Check out their website. The conference presents scholarly work that challenges notions of boundaries and borders. Conference papers will address questions such as, how historical research can move beyond bounded paradigms such as the nation, culture, and modernity, as well as related questions, through the lenses of race, gender, class, diaspora, economics, globalization, violence, and space. Conference keynote speaker is John Thornton, Professor of History at Boston University, a specialist on Africa and the Middle East, and World History. He is the author of The Kingdom of Kongo: Civil War and Transition, 1641-1718 (1983); Africa and Africans in the Formation of the Atlantic World, 1400-1680 (1992); The Kongolese Saint Anthony. Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita and the Antonian Movement, 1684-1706 (1998); Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800 (1999). Most recently he has written (with Linda Heywood) Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundations of America (Cambridge University Press, 2007). The conference is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
  • Fall 2009: Stephanie Boyle received an Area Research Center Egypt (ARCE)/Council for Area Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) grant to return to Egypt to conduct dissertation research in fall semester 2009.
  • Fall 2009: Samantha Christiansen was awarded a junior fellowship from the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies which she has used to fund her dissertation research in the 2009-2010 academic year.
  • Fall 2008: Samantha Christiansen and Zachary Scarlett are preparing an edited volume entitled 1968 in the Third World in the series “Protest, Culture and Society” published by Berghahn Books. Their volume employs a new approach to understanding the 1960s by specifically focusing on Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, four areas that have often been ignored by scholars studying this period. Contributors include scholars from Thailand, the Philippines, Morocco, South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and the United States. By adopting a global perspective, this volume will demonstrate that while popular conceptions of the 1960s do not often extend beyond the United States and Europe, the decade represented a truly international mobilization of the world’s youth. James Bradford, Ph.D. candidate in History will contribute a chapter on the impact of the Rodney Riots on reggae music in Jamaica.
  • Summer 2008: Samantha Christiansen presented her paper, “We are All Angry: Violence, the Angry Brigade, and British Counterculture,” accepted for the EU funded conference, “Confronting Cold War Conformity: Peace and Protest Cultures in Europe 1945-1989″ to be held at Charles University, Prague in August 2008.
  • Summer 2008: Rachel Gillett presented her paper, “‘The Baker Fix:’ Josephine Baker and Black Femininity in the French Imperial context, 1920-1935,” at the Annual Meeting of the World History Association at Queen Mary College, University of London, June 26-29, 2008.
  • Summer 2008: Stephanie Boyle presented her paper, “Going to See the Saint: A Micro-Historical Urban History of the 19th Century Mulid of Sayyid Ahmed Badawi,” at the Annual Meeting of the World History Association at Queen Mary College, University of London, June 26-29, 2008.
  • Spring 2007: Samantha Christiansen was selected as a recipient of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for participation in the Bangla program in Dhaka, Bangladesh from June 7 to August 11, 2007.
  • Fall 2007: Stephanie Boyle was awarded a 2007 – 2008 Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship to conduct research in Egypt for her doctoral dissertation, tentatively entitled, “Nur al Sabah: A Sufi Mystic from Tanta.”