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Matthew Bowser

On August 27th, 2018, the U.N. fact-finding mission dispatched to study the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar recommended that the International Criminal Court officially investigate the Myanmar military for genocide and crimes against humanity. My dissertation seeks to discern the origins of Burmese Islamophobia and anti-immigrant prejudice. In it, I argue that Islamophobia first emerged in the 1930s as the result of right-wing Burmese nationalists using Muslims as a scapegoat for political and economic issues caused by British and Indian capitalist elites. ..
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Summer Marion

My dissertation research examines the growing role of philanthropic foundations in global governance by shedding light on their influence in health emergency response. Specifically, my work reveals mechanisms by which foundations leverage power through the laws and institutions governing pandemic response. I analyze global health funding as well as the multitude of ways in which health problems are portrayed, both in public discourse and within policymaking communities. This work contributes to understandings of non-state actors and their relative power in global governance, and of factors driving over- and under-response to global threats from infectious diseases.
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Bridget Keown

My dissertation focuses on British and Irish women, their experience of trauma during the First World War, and the potential for care and treatment they received as a result. Through this work, I interrogate gendered conceptions of trauma, specifically “shell shock,” and how medicine, culture, and society have combined to exclude women’s experiences from discussions of these conditions…

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Rachael Lee

My current dissertation research examines how political context and health care setting shape beliefs about personal responsibility for chronic ‘lifestyle’ diseases and how these beliefs in turn influence the lived experiences of patients suffering from chronic disease. More specifically, I explore how conceptions of personal responsibility for health reconstruct structural health inequalities as individual failures and compound pre-existing stigmas among poor populations of color that face the greatest social obstacles to good health…..
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Anjuli Fahlberg

I am currently working on two research projects. The first is writing up my dissertation, which was based on ethnographic research in the City of God, a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro that has experienced extremely high rates of violence by drug traffickers and the state’s military police. Although most of the literature suggests that armed conflict is destructive of civil society, I argue that residents’ collective experiences of violence motivate new political subjectivities and emergent practices of civic engagement and social change…..
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Jonathan Fitzgerald

I’m currently working on my dissertation, titled “Setting the Record Straight: Women Literary Journalists Writing Against the Mainstream,” which aims to restore forgotten or underrepresented women literary journalists from the nineteenth century, and to illustrate how their sentimental style and political voice has been carried on by women writers throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In so doing, I emphasize the great capacity of these writers, past and present, to bring to life stories of women who are often ignored or reduced to two-dimensional caricatures in mainstream journalism and literature…..
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Simon Rabinovitch

Simon Rabinovitch is an Assistant Professor of History at Boston University, and teaches on a range of topics in Jewish, European, Russian, and legal history. He received a B.A. in History and Jewish Studies from McGill University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative History from Brandeis University. During his graduate studies, he spent a…
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Betul Eksi

Betul Eksi earned her PhD degree in Sociology in January 2016 from Northeastern University. She currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Humanities Center at Northeastern University. She is also affiliated with the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. As a political sociologist, and a gender scholar, Betul’s areas of research interest include masculinities…
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Frank Capogna

My current research examines how Anglophone modernist poets responded to the rise of the art museum, an institution that took shape in Western countries during the nineteenth century… ..
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Sana Tannoury-Karam

My current research is an intellectual and cultural history of a generation of Lebanese and Syrian communists who had been excluded from the communist party and its circles as a result of their ideological heterogeneity…..
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