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Heather Salter

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Professor of History

Professor Salter’s work focuses on the history of imperialism and colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is particularly interested in the anticolonial movements in South, East, and Southeast Asia. She is trained in the field of World History, and is the Director of World History Programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is also deeply interested in the scholarship of pedagogy.

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2021 Northeastern University Humanities Center Fellowship
2020 Harvard University Weatherhead Center Funding for ‘The Anticolonial
Transnational’ (with Erez Manela)
2019-2020 American Council of Learned Societies Year-long Fellowship

Monograph in Progress:

The Chill Before the Cold War: The Noulens Affair and the Global Struggle Between Communism and Anti-Communism in the Interwar Period.

Single Authored Books:

Southeast Asia and the First World War. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Martial Races: The Military, Race, and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914. Manchester University Press, 2004. (reissued in paperback in fall 2010)

Co-Edited Books:

With Erez Manela. The Anti-Colonial Transnational. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022.

With Michele Louro, Carolien Stolte, and Sana Tannoury-Karam. The League Against Imperialism: Lives and Afterlives. Chicago and Leiden, October 2020.

 Co-Authored Scholarly Books:

Co-authored with Trevor Getz. Empires and Colonies in the Modern World. Oxford University Press, 2015. Thoroughly revised from the previously published Modern Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective. Pearson-Longman, August 2010.

Co-Authored Textbooks:

With Herb Ziegler and Jerry Bentley. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. Seventh edition 2020. Sixth edition 2014.

With Jerry Bentley and Herb Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: Brief Version, 5th edition. McGraw-Hill, 2022. Fourth edition 2015. Third edition 2012. Second edition 2009. First edition 2006.

Refereed Articles (selected):

“Consuls, Colonies, and the World: Low-Level Bureaucrats and the Machinery of Empire, c. 1880-1914,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 20:3 (2019).

“The Noulens Affair in East and Southeast Asia: International Communism in the Interwar Period,” Journal of American East Asian Relations 21 (2014): 394-414.

“The Local Was Global: The Singapore Mutiny of 1915,” Journal of World History 24:3 (August 2013): 539-576.

“Writing for Student Audiences: Pitfalls and Possibilities,” Special Issue of Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques (June, 2012): 109-122.

Book Chapters (selected):

“Introduction,” in Michele Louro, Heather Streets-Salter, Carolien Stolte, and Sana Tannoury-Karam, editors, The League Against Imperialism: Lives and Afterlives (Chicago and Leiden, 2020).

“Anti-Colonial Movements,” in Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton, editors, World Histories from Below: Disruption and Dissent from 1750 to the Present (Bloomsbury, 2016).

“Becoming a World Historian: Training, Topics, and Goals,” in Douglas Northrup, editor, A Companion to World History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012): 45-62

American Historical Association
World History Association
North American Conference on British Studies
New England Regional World History Association
  • Education

    PhD, 1998, Modern Britain/British Empire
    Duke University

  • Contact

  • Address

    207 Meserve Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115


Course catalog
  • HIST 2311 – Colonialism & Imperialism

    HIST 2311 - Colonialism & Imperialism

    Examines the military, economic, political, and cultural expansion of world powers since the fifteenth century, and the ways in which colonized peoples were ruled. Why did colonialist countries feel the need to conquer and dominate, how did they do it, and why did they retreat on some fronts? How did people resist and cooperate with colonialism? How did colonialism affect national and cultural identities? Colonialism is examined as a global phenomenon and from a comparative perspective that looks at particular case studies. Also examines decolonization in the twentieth century.