Ph.D in History
Luke Scalone is a historian of modern France and the French colonial empire in North Africa. More specifically, his research looks at the forging of a “Vichy Tunisia.” His work examines the relationship of the French colonial administration with various communities in Tunisia during the 1930s, ultimately concluding that the colonial administration in Tunisia favored Vichy over the Free French because of political exigencies that predated the onset of the Second World War and the Fall of France in 1940. This contrasts with standard accounts of the rise of Vichy in the French colonial empire in that it rejects the argument that Vichy took power in the colonies simply because Vichy was the “legitimate” French government after the summer of 1940. In doing so, he analyzes relationships and tensions between the French colonial administration and an arrangement of groups including the Neo-Destour Party, alongside the larger Tunisian nationalist movement; the political active and numerically significant Italian settler community; and the extreme-right Parti Populaire Français. In addition to his research at Northeastern, he has taught courses on Colonialism/Imperialism & World History, is a network editor for H-French-Colonial, co-organizes a North Africa working group for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the Boston area, and has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis.
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Research Interests: Modern France & the French Colonial Empire; Colonial North Africa; Pacific Worlds; Comparative Empire; Settler Colonialism; the Global 1930s; World War II; Global Fascism; World History
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- 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...