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
- Law school is a big investment. That’s why Chinma was attracted to NU and the co-op process, which has allowed her to experience the legal environment before committing to the practice.
- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...
Benjamin Cooper Gould
- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...