Spring 2014

Letter From The Chair

HarlowThis has been busy and productive semester in the History Department.  Our active faculty members continue to receive outside recognition for their scholarship.  Assistant Professor Louise Walker was awarded a highly prestigious and extremely competitive fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies: the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship, for her project “Economic Woes: Debt and the Ethics of Capitalism in Modern Mexico”.  Assistant Professor Gretchen Heefner received a fellowship for 2014-15 at the Northeastern Humanities Center, for her project “Earth Movers: Engineering American Global Power, One Place at a Time.” This has been busy and productive semester in the History Department. Our active faculty members continue to receive outside recognition for their scholarship. Assistant Professor Louise Walker was awarded a highly prestigious and extremely competitive fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies: the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship, for her project “Economic Woes: Debt and the Ethics of Capitalism in Modern Mexico”. Assistant Professor Gretchen Heefner received a fellowship for 2014-15 at the Northeastern Humanities Center, for her project “Earth Movers: Engineering American Global Power, One Place at a Time.” More…

 

 

Co-Op in Cape Town: History Major Bethany Fitzgerald Speaks About Her Experience

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Bethany Fitzgerald, a History major with a minor in International Affairs, is currently working at Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town, South Africa for her co-op. In an interview, she tells us about her experience.

What kind of work are currently doing at the co-op? And why is it interesting to you?

I am the English School intern at Scalabrini Centre, a refugee center. Most of my responsibilities revolve around managing the school. I also help manage the communications, such as the center’s blog, twitter, and newsletter and I teach one Beginners level English class. During my time at Northeastern, I became interested in NGOs and how they operate to confront problems in society that the government is unwilling or unable to address. More…

Boston Maps Project

abbymullenAbby Mullen, graduate student of history and one of the project’s founders, introduces the Boston Maps Project

This semester, the History department at Northeastern University, in collaboration with the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, is beginning a large-scale digital project investigating urban and social change in the city of Boston using historical maps.

Our final product will be an interactive, layered series of historical maps with annotations that explore urban and social change across 250 years of Boston’s history. We have a great collection of maps at our disposal to do this investigation–approximately 25 maps, spanning from 1723 to 1899, all part of the Leventhal Center’s collections. More…

 

 

Faculty News: History Professors Gretchen Heefner and Louise Walker are Awarded Research Grants

Professor Gretchen Heefner, a specialist in U.S. History, has been awarded a Fellowship for 2014-15 at the Center for the Humanities at Northeastern UniversitLouise Walkery to woHeefner headshotrk on the following project: “Earth Movers: Engineering American Global Power, One Place at a Time”.

Professor Louise Walker, a specialist in Latin American History, has been awarded the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to work on the following project: “Economic Woes: Debt and the Ethics of Capitalism in Modern Mexico”. More…

 

The Department Welcomes Professor Philip Thai as a Specialist in Modern China

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Philip Thai spoke with graduate student Sana Tannoury Karam about joining the History Department in September 2013.

 

What are you research interests and what current and future projects are you working on?

At the core of my research interests is the interplay between law, society, and economy. My current project uses China’s war on smuggling during the early twentieth century to examine the transformation of state authority and the larger socioeconomic impact of state-building.  How the state asserted its prerogative to tax, regulate, and police trade—and how individuals responded to this expansion of state power—are questions at the heart of my research.  By examining the contested meanings and multiple uses of law and ways individuals adapted to changing regulatory environments, I also engage with wider scholarship in legal and economic history. More…

 

History Major Nathan Guerin Speaks About Co-Op Experience in Mexico

Nathan Guerin, a History major with double minors in Business Administration and International Affairs, is currently working with the commercial section of the US Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico for his co-op. In this interview, he tells us about his experience.nathan

 

What kind of work are currently doing at the co-op? And why is it interesting to you?

I could divide the things I do into events, research, and general office tasks.  My first big project was helping with the visit of Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and the accompanying American trade delegation.  I made schedules for their respective drivers and helped out at some of the various luncheons and breakfasts.  I also do research on various topics, for example I am currently researching Mexican medical statistics for a report on the Mexican health care system and IT in the health care system here.  And finally, I help out with different events like trade shows.  The embassy usually has a table at different trade shows to promote our work for US companies.  I’ve been to a textile trade show and one on wind power.  The work is interesting because I’ve always wanted to work in an embassy and it is fascinating to see how everything comes together and how much planning goes into some trade shows or trade missions.  I also enjoy the research aspect because I work with the raw data and I get to draw my own conclusions on why, for example, the Mexican social security system has been losing hospital beds for the past 3 years. More…

 

History Graduate Students Regina Kazyulina and Akin Sefer are Awarded Research Grants

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Akın Sefer, PhotoIn January I received an Advanced Research Fellowship from the American Councils for International Education Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program. The Title VIII program is funded by the US State Department to promote the study of Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). I have been awarded this fellowship to conduct research on everyday life on Soviet territory occupied by the German army during World War Two. More…

The 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference: “Memory, Memorials, and Media: Reimagining World History”

posterThe Northeastern History Graduate Student Association organized yet another successful graduate conference for 2014. The conference titled: “Memory, Memorials, and Media: Reimagining World History” was held on campus on March 22 and 23. Over 40 graduate students coming from different parts of the U.S. and the world participated in the two-day event. More…

 Northeastern University History Association: Trip to Plymouth

NUHAThe Northeastern University History Association is planning a field trip to Plymouth on March 30. More than 30 Northeastern students are going on an educational trip that will include visits of Mayflower II, Pilgrim Hall, and Plymouth Plantation. The trip expenses, including admission to the sights and the bus to transport students, are being funded by the History Department. More…

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