Since 2015-2016 the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies supports 2-3 postdoctoral 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. The Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellows together with the graduate Breen and Quinn Fellows form a small, but significant CCHS scholarly community, which meets regularly at the Center (see People).
2020-21 CHABRAJA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
We are happy to welcome back our current Quinn and Breen Fellows as Postdoctoral Fellows next year.
- William FITZSIMONS—2020 dissertation: “Power without a Center: Age, Mobility, and Political Institutions in the Grasslands of East Africa, c. 500 BCE-1800 CE”
- Laura McCOY—2020 dissertation: “In Distress: Family and a Marketplace of Feeling in the Early American Republic”
2019-20 CHABRAJA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
- Jessica BIDDLESTONE—2019 dissertation on “France in Roman Africa: Antiquity and the Making of French Algeria and Tunisia”
- Ryan BURNS—2019 dissertation on “Potential Protestants: Catholics, Conformity and Conversion in Early Modern Scotland, 1560-1780”
2019-20 CHABRAJA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in PUBLIC SERVICE
- Teng LI—2019 dissertation on “Chinese Judiciary at the Crossroads: Property Laws, Policies, and Courts in Taiwan and Manchuria, 1945–1953”—working at the American Bar Foundation: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/index.html (Mapping Chinese Courts, 1996-Present)
2018-19 CHABRAJA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
- Alex HOBSON (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)—2017 dissertation: “Chains of Vengeance: The United States and Anti-Imperialism in the Middle East, 1967-2001”
- Alexandra THOMAS (NU)—2018 dissertation: “Reason of State and the Politics of Botero, Campanella, and Sarpi in the Waning of the Renaissance”
Both taught classes in the History Department during the 2019 Spring Quarter.
New CHABRAJA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in PUBLIC SERVICE
- Beth HEALEY (NU)—2017 dissertation: “Nazi Crimes, British Justice: The Royal Warrant War Crimes Trials in British-Occupied Germany, 1945-1949.”
Beth is working and conducting research at UnSilence in Chicago: http://www.unsilence.org/
The 2017-2018 Chabraja Postdoctoral 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." At NU Kyle taught a seminar on "The United States in the Global Cold War" and a lecture course on the "History of US Foreign Relations." His first book, Revolutionaries for the Right: Anticommunist Internationalism and Paramilitary Violence in the Cold War, was published by UNC Press in Spring 2018. At present Kyle Burke is an assistant professor of history at Hartwick College. As a Chabraja Fellow Kyle published his first book, Revolutionaries for the Right (UNC Press, 2018).
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 taught a course on "Women and Gender in African History" and a freshman seminar on "African History: Myths, Lies, Stereotypes." Currently she is a LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan.
2016-2017 Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellows
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”
Beyond revising her manuscript for publication, as a postdoctoral
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 returned to Northwestern after a year at the College of Wooster where he had been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History. His postdoctoral year he taught 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 worked as the Digital Coordinator for the Western Society for French History and the Society for French Historical Studies. He now teaches at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
2015-16 Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellow
As a Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellow Wen-Qing Ngoei (Ph.D. Northwestern, 2015) worked 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. In addition to his book project, Wen-Qing was 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. Courses taught were an undergraduate history seminar entitled “Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century—A Playground for Empires?” in Fall 2015 and “U.S. Foreign Relations History” in Spring 2016. He now teaches History at Singapore Management University.
2015-16 Mellon/Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellow
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 worked on three projects as well as teaching two seminars. His first priority was 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 revised two essays for publication, one an examination of the market for castles, lordships, and abbeys from 1250-1650 in Europe and the Mediterranean and the other a comparative analysis of the military and economic effectiveness of city-leagues on both sides of the Alps. Finally, he taught two courses: “Economic History 1200-1800" (a course examining 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