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Allison Chapin

PhD in History

I am a PhD candidate with a BA in history from Colgate University, and an MA in public history from Northeastern. My dissertation focuses on how people in the 19th and 20th century British metropole portrayed the empire to the general public. Specifically, I am looking at narratives of British humanitarianism in museums and exhibitions, while examining how the people organizing them dealt with the reality of the violence inherent in colonialism. I am also interested in how these narratives reverberate in present attitudes about, and nostalgia for, the empire. I have been awarded conference travel grants from the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, as well as the NU Department of History, and a research grant from the Gillis Family Fund.

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Cohort: 2016

Research Interests: British Empire, memory and material culture, genocide

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