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Matthew Bowser


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Cohort: 2015

Research Interests: The British Empire; Myanmar; Global Islam in South/Southeast Asia; Global Great Depression; Race, Space, & The Origins of Social Stratification

Bio: Matthew Bowser is a PhD Candidate in World History at Northeastern University. He previously graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Philosophy in History and Classics in 2013. His fields of specialization are the British Empire in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean world, and his research focuses on the intersections of capitalism, nationalism, Islamophobia, and the Indian diaspora. Primarily, he seeks to discern the origins of race and nationalistic thinking (including fascism) as responses to capitalism and colonial rule. He is a 2019-2020 Fellow of the Northeastern University Humanities Center, and has received research grants from the Northeastern Provost’s Office, Department of History, and Asian Studies Program, which have brought him to archives in London, Yangon, and New Delhi. He has experience in the digital humanities and public history through working as a research assistant for the Birth of Boston and Women Writers’ Projects at the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His article, “Partners in Empire? Co-Colonialism and the Rise of Anti-Indian Nationalism in Burma, 1930-1938” is currently under review by the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. His dissertation examines the interactions between Burmese nationalism and the diasporic Indian communities of Burma in order to discern the origins of anti-Indian and Islamophobic ideas in the interwar and immediate postwar periods.

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