PhD in History
Claire A. Tratnyek is a doctoral student in history studying demographic shifts in the Boston Public Schools system, and the uses of images in history textbooks and museum curricula. Before returning to Northeastern for her PhD, Claire taught elementary and middle school in Boston for nine years, and holds teaching licenses in History, ESL, Elementary Education, and Special Education. Claire earned her BA in European History and Anthropology from Franklin Pierce College, and MA degrees in History and in Teaching from Northeastern University. As a PhD history student, Claire spreads her knowledge and experience concerning the different ways history impacts our future into the classroom and other academic institutions. Her experiential learning at Northeastern University, has given her firsthand experience with these effects and allowed her to engage with the community. She uses her scholarly skills, as well as her teaching experience, to identify and rectify educational gaps in the hopes of propelling change.
Related Schools & Departments
Claire's participation in the public history courses with Professor Marty Blatt, showed her that academic work can be more public facing.
Claire obtained a digital humanities certificate from researching schools that are named after people and why and how that doesn’t connect to Boston public schools.
In the summer of 2020, Claire worked at WGBH Boston. She contributed to a project called PBS Learning Media: Assessing the Present, Envisioning the Future.
During the fall 2020 semester, Claire is working at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as the Thinking Through Art Doctoral Research Fellow in their museums education department.
Claire has taught courses to students, exploring Boston history, public museums, and libraries. She's passionate about getting students to learn about Boston's history.
Claire hopes to have a job in museum education, public history, or cultural resources.
“Northeastern seems to recognize the value in connecting pragmatic, non-academic experiences with traditional university learning opportunities – not everyone wants to work on projects that have a purely academic audience of experts, and these ‘real world’ experiences allow grad students to do work that may be more public-facing or wide-reaching.”
More Student Paths
- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...