Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies is pleased to announce the creation of two post-doctoral fellowships, intended to offer one year’s support to Ph.D. graduates of the Northwestern History Department in order to help them to advance their research and publication agenda and gain additional teaching experience.


Kyle BURKE (Research Asst. Professor at the Center for the Study of Force and Democracy, Temple University in 2016-17)--2016 dissertation: “A Global Brotherhood of Paramilitaries: American Conservatives, Anticommunist Internationalism, and Covert Warfare in the Cold War”

Kyle will teach a seminar on "The United States in the Global Cold War" and a lecture course on the "History of US Foreign Relations."

Raevin JIMENEZ (NU)--2017 dissertation: “Rites of Reproduction: Gendered and Generational Political Institutions and Ideologies of South African Nguni-speakers, 8th-19th Century CE.”

Raevin plans to teach a course on "Women and Gender in African History" and a freshman seminar on "African History: Myths, Lies, Stereotypes."


The 2016-17 CHABRAJA Postdoctoral Fellows:

2016-17 postdocs

Ashley JOHNSON BAVERY (Visiting Asst. Professor at Binghamton University SUNY in 2015-16)

2015 dissertation: “Deported from Detroit: Illegal Europeans, Nativism, and the Rise of Immigration Restrictions in Interwar America”

MA Northwestern 2010; BA Mount Holyoke College 2007

Ashley Johnson Bavery’s work explores the connection between immigration, welfare, and employment in early twentieth-century America. Her book manuscript, Destination Detroit: Crime, Illegal Europeans, and the Politics of Employment in America’s Motor City, 1890-1945 uncovers how immigration restrictions of the 1920s launched an era of policing and profiling that excluded America’s foreign born from the benefits of citizenship in the decade that followed. On the borderland between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada, this process turned certain Europeans into illegal aliens and associated entire nationalities with illegality. By the Great Depression, foreignness had become a liability to those branded with it. By the New Deal Era, foreign-born Europeans faced regular deportation raids in factories, suspicion from unions and exclusion from the Works Progress Administration, a pillar of America’s growing welfare state. Ultimately, the project uncovers the northern industrial origins of an exploitative system that emerged on America’s border with Canada and remains central to debates about America’s borders today. Beyond revising her manuscript for publication, as a postdoctoral fellow, Ashley will begin research on a new project that examines Depression Era federal welfare programs in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and the Philippines, analyzing how America’s welfare state developed in tandem with its imperial vision.

Ashley has taught courses on immigration, policing, and race at both Northwestern and Binghamton University in New York. As a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern, she will teach classes on African American and women’s history. Her lecture course, “Imprisoned America: African Americans, Crime and Punishment (Winter 2016),” investigates the ways African Americans have been historically tied to crime, drugs, and violence. She will also teach a freshman seminar on women’s history entitled, “Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women, Wages and Work in the Twentieth Century.”

Keith RATHBONE (Visiting Asst. Professor at Wooster College in 2015-16)

2015 dissertation: “A Nation in Play: Physical Culture, the State, and Society during France’s Dark Years, 1932-1948”

Keith Rathbone researches twentieth century French social and cultural history. His manuscript, entitled A Nation in Play: Physical Culture, the State, and Society during France's Dark Years, 1932-1948, examines physical education and sports in order to better understand civic life under the dual authoritarian systems of the German Occupation and the Vichy Regime. In investigating physical culture, he addresses historiographic issues such as the continuity between the Third Republic and the Vichy Regime, the gendered ideology of Vichy sports programs, and the development of collaboration and resistance.

Keith returns to Northwestern after a year at the College of Wooster where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History.  This year he will be teaching a course on “Soccer as Global History” and an undergraduate seminar “America and Americans in Europe.”  When not in the classroom or writing, Keith also works as the Digital Coordinator for the Western Society for French History and the Society for French Historical Studies.


The 2015-16 Chabraja/Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships:

Wen-Qing NGOEI (Chabraja Fellowship) and Martin MARTOCCIO (Mellon/Chabraja Fellowship)