Ph.D. in History
Molly Nebiolo is a doctoral candidate in the world history program with a B.A. in history and biology from Butler University. She is interested in how early colonial perceptions of the body influenced the construction of urban landscapes and how urban space shaped the understanding of health in return. Most of her work centers around the Anglo- and French- Atlantic world during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Some of the questions that drive from her work are who had a right to be healthy in colonial urban places and what constitutes “urban” in a period before cities were constructed? She also considers herself a digital historian and has completed the graduate certificate in digital humanities offered at Northeastern. She is now most interested in how digital skills are incorporated into classroom teaching and how to visualize and represent early colonial spaces using digital tools. Molly’s experiential learning experience at Northeastern University has enabled her to connect her research with direct experience in academic and non-academic positions.
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Before coming to Northeastern, Molly started her educational journey at Butler University, receiving her B.A. in history and biology.
The course Colonialism in World History by Robert Cross simplified the research process in a unique way for Molly, encouraging and aiding her in starting her own research.
Molly participated in the research project - The Birth of Boston with Dr. Chris Parsons which consisted of the digital mapping of Boston in 1648 and adding layers of data.
Molly conducted a write-up for the 2018 Digital Humanities conference she attended in Mexico CIty.
Molly participated in the Women Writers Project which included text encoding, conducting research, and confirming references.
Her research has included engagement with the community through her digital exhibit that visualized colonial Philadelphia.
Molly hopes to complete her dissertation in the next few years and land a tenure track position.
“The experiences I’ve had outside of my PhD program — and at international conferences — have influenced the way I look at the field of history and the type of work I can pursue with my degree. The faculty at Northeastern have assisted me to seek out these opportunities, and they have helped me to grow as an academic.”
Research Interests: North American and Atlantic world history; colonialism in world history; history of science; history of public health; spatial history; digital history
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...