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2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellows

Alex Hobson is a scholar of the United States and the Middle East who specializes in violence, culture, and politics. His book project, entitled "Chains of Vengeance: the United States, the Middle East, and the Making of the Long War on Terrorism, 1967-2001," asks how the unending war between the United States and its Middle Eastern antagonists started and why it persisted. It contends that the answer had as much to do with performance and the construction of emotions as it did with international relations. It uses multi-lingual and multi-archival research in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Great Britain, and the United States to illustrate how all sides took part in this production of transnational violence. As a Chabraja Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Alex will teach the Global History of Terrorism course for Northwestern’s history department in Spring 2019.

This year Alexandra is working on revising her book manuscript, tentatively entitled “A Just Argument for War: Fear and Political Thought in Italy during the Catholic Reformation.” She is also writing an article on Machiavelli and Giovanni Botero. In the spring, Alexandra will teach a first-year seminar on Muslim-Christian relations during the medieval and early modern periods—this course will explore the interactions of Muslims and Christians around the Mediterranean ranging from the time of the Crusades to the Ottoman Empire.


Beth is a historian of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Her research has been supported by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Memorial Museum, the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, and the Auschwitz Jewish Center. Her postdoctoral fellowship is at Unsilence:, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that develops educational resources and curricula about human rights and histories of oppression. Here Beth is working to expand and deepen Unsilence's Holocaust-education content and programming, while also developing a new interactive educational feature. 



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