Post-Doctoral Fellows


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."


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."



Postdocs 2017

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.



Wen-Qing NGOEI

Wen-Qing Ngoei (Ph.D. Northwestern, 2015) examines imperial transition in Southeast Asia from World War II through decolonization and the Cold War. Currently, he is working on his book manuscript, The Arc of Containment: Britain, Malaya, Singapore, and the Rise of American Hegemony in Southeast Asia, 1941-1976, which de-centers U.S.-Vietnam relations to illuminate the historical processes more characteristic of, and consequential for, American empire in postcolonial Southeast Asia. The Arc of Containment argues that Southeast Asian statesmen collaborated with their British and American patrons after the Second World War to build a strategic arc of anticommunist states that contained Vietnamese communism and encircled China. In addition to his book project, Wen-Qing is also preparing articles on the ways that British neocolonialism in Malaya and Singapore and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) non-alignment policy shaped American containment strategy and rapprochement with China. In fall 2015, Wen-Qing will be teaching an undergraduate history seminar entitled “Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century—A Playground for Empires?” In spring 2016, he will be teaching “U.S. Foreign Relations History.”

Postdocs 2015-16


Michael (Marty) MARTOCCIO

Michael Paul Martoccio holds a Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University with a minor specialization in International Relations, an M.A. in History from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in History and Medieval Renaissance Studies from Duke University (magna cum laude).
During his year as a Chabraja/Mellon Fellow, Michael will be working on three projects as well as teaching two seminars. His first priority will be to revise his book manuscript Trust Thy Neighbor: International Cooperation and the Renaissance State, a study of inter-city cooperation among Italian city-states from 1300-1500. He also will revise two essays for publication, the first of which examines the market for castles, lordships, and abbeys from 1250-1650 in Europe and the Mediterranean and another that is a comparative analysis of the military and economic effectiveness of city-leagues on both sides of the Alps.

Finally, he will teach two courses this academic year. In the Winter Term, Michael will teach “Economic History 1200-1800.” This course will examine the economic history of Europe from the Middle Age to the nineteenth century with themes including the emergence of large trading networks, the development of sovereign credit markets and joint stock companies, and the economics of war. In the Spring Term, he will teach “The City-State in History, Economics, and Politics,” a course that allows students to explore how three academic disciplines - history, economics, and political science - explain one historical phenomenon: the city-state.