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Winter 2014 Happy New Year’s Message from CSSH

January 8, 2014


Dear CSSH alumni and friends,

It is with great pleasure and pride that I share with you a few of the successes of students, faculty and staff in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) at Northeastern, successes that we will build on in the New Year.

In 2013, we were honored to have both the Northeastern Commencement and Convocation student speakers come from our college. At last spring’s undergraduate Commencement, Miguel de Corral (International Affairs and Political Science) spoke about his Presidential Global Fellowship and working, studying, and serving in 16 different countries during his time at Northeastern. Miguel, who completed co-ops at the Geneva Forum in Switzerland and the NATO Defense College in Rome, now works for the World Bank Group. At this fall’s Presidential Convocation, Laura Mueller-Soppart (Economics and Political Science) eloquently recounted her experiences on campus, on a co-op on sustainable development in the Madeira Basin , and during a Dialogue on social entrepreneurship in South Africa; she told the incoming class that they can make their dreams come true at Northeastern.

Our graduate students receive broad recognition for ground-breaking research. Rand Ghayad, a Ph.D. candidate in economics, is conducting research on the effect of long-term unemployment that has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, The Boston Globe, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others. Danielle Skeehan, who in 2013 completed her Ph.D. in English, was a nominee for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, an honor recognizing unusual and original contributions to their fields. An expert in 17th-19th century Atlantic literature, Skeehan received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES). And history doctoral student Stacy Fahrenthold received a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her thesis on Syrian and Lebanese political culture in the North and South American diasporas during the early 20th century, the first project of its kind to analyze these communities across three different continents. She has published her work in several journals in Middle East Studies.

Students and faculty are contributing to Northeastern’s mission of making a positive impact in the world through experiential education and cutting-edge, use-inspired research.

Since I last wrote to you in the fall e-newsletter, Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature Carla Kaplan has published the groundbreaking book, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance. Publishers Weekly named the book one of its top 10 for 2013. Jack McDevitt, a criminologist and the college’s associate dean for research, chaired the State of Massachusetts’ gun advisory panel this past year, just one example of our faculty members’ engagement in critical public issues. And Northeastern Students4Giving Director Rebecca Riccio taught the nation’s first-ever massive open online course (MOOC) on philanthropic giving, in partnership with Warren Buffett and the Learning by Giving Foundation. Riccio is the founding director of the Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University and has already begun filming for the next MOOC.

The students, staff, and faculty members I mention are only a small sampling of those who have made their mark over the past year. I encourage you to visit our new website, www.northeastern.edu/cssh, and explore our news and events sections. With your support, we will be able to provide even more outstanding opportunities for research, experiential learning, and public engagement for our students and faculty.

On behalf of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, I wish you a happy new year!


Uta Poiger




Uta G. Poiger
Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Northeastern University