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Natalie Bormann

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Teaching Professor of Political Science; Undergraduate Program Director

Natalie Bormann joined the Department of Political Science in 2007, after holding positions with the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh in the UK. Her work centers on the interplay of trauma, memory, and ethics in international relations, which she mostly explores in the context of the Holocaust, and genocide studies more broadly. She is especially interested in posing pedagogical questions regarding the teaching and learning about genocide. Her most recent book “The Ethics of Teaching at Sites of Trauma and Violence – Student Encounters with the Holocaust” (Palgrave, 2018) chronicles her time with students of her Holocaust and Genocide Studies program that she leads each summer in Europe. Based on her experience, she has been selected to participate in a number of competitive teaching programs; in 2015, she was invited to the Jack and Anita Faculty Hess Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and returned to the museum as a Follow-up Scholar in July of the same year. She was a Faculty Fellow (2016/17) and subsequent Faculty Scholar (2017/18) with the Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning through Research (CATLR) at Northeastern University. During that time she worked on the role of mindfulness and contemplative practices in higher education, and in the context of teaching about difficult subject matters.

Professor Bormann is the Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Political Science.

  • 2015 Hess Faculty Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.

Collaborative Research Cluster Awards, Northeastern University Humanities Center

  • Co-leader, “Cultivating Humanity” (2018/2019)
  • Co-leader, Crisis & Pedagogy (2016/17)
  • Co-leader, “Horrific Blindness: Genocide and Mass Atrocity from Armenia to Darfur” (2015/16)
  • Leader, “Fall of the Wall – Marking the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall” (2014/15)
  • Co-leader, “Critical Social Theory Cluster” (2013/14)

German Campus Weeks Awards, German Embassy, Washington D.C.

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