Leslie Rogne Schumacher, Ph.D., FRSA
Leslie Rogne Schumacher is the David H. Burton Fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at SJU. His expertise is in European and Middle Eastern history, with a particular emphasis on the history of Britain and the world. Dr. Schumacher's work centers on Britain's role in the "Eastern Question," a term that refers to the events, dynamics, and concerns related to Europe's role in the decline (perceived or actual) of the Ottoman Empire from the 18th century until the foundation of Turkey in 1923. Other interests of his include: Mediterranean history; Orientalism and the Orientalist critique; the structure of British foreign and imperial policy; the role of the press in international affairs; confidentiality and state secrecy laws; the past, present, and future of the European Union; and the ongoing Afro-Eurasian refugee crisis.
Outside SJU, Dr. Schumacher serves as Vice-Chair and Director of Communications & Social Media for The British Scholar Society, whose journal Britain and the World, its book series from Palgrave Macmillan, and its popular annual conference are leading venues for work on the history of Britain's global interactions from 1600 to the present. He also sits on the editorial board of the Marmara Journal of European Studies, as well as the review boards of Britain and the World, Victorian Network, Diplomacy & Statecraft, and Studia Historyczne. He has published research on the Eastern Question and "Europe" (as place and idea) in the early-mid 19th century, Britain's 1815-1864 Ionian protectorate, and Britain and the Armenian massacres of the late 19th century. In May 2017, Dr. Schumacher was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
- Ph.D., History, University of Minnesota, 2012
*Dissertation: A 'Lasting Solution': The Eastern Question and British Imperialism, 1875-1878
- B.A., History & Religious Studies, Hamline University, 2005
*Honors: Distinction in History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor, Saint Joseph's University, August 2016 - present
- Content Developer (freelance), Cengage Learning, March 2013 - July 2016
- Visiting Lecturer, State University of New York at New Paltz, January 2013 - December 2013
- Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, January 2012 - May 2012
- HIS 154: Forging the Modern World
- HIS 370: Blood, Boats, and Borders: The Long History of the Afro-Eurasian Refugee Crisis
- HIS 344: The Middle East since 1798
- HIS 326: Age of Empire
Scholarly articles and book chapters:
- “Outrage and Imperialism, Confusion and Indifference: Punch and the Armenian Massacres of 1894-1896.” Chapter in Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons, Caricature, and Satirical Art. Eds. Richard Scully and Andrekos Varnava. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017 (forthcoming).
- “Greek Expectations: Britain and the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864.” Chapter in Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias and Dystopias. Ed. Andrekos Varnava. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.
- “The Eastern Question as a Europe Question: Viewing the Ascent of ‘Europe’ through the Lens of Ottoman Decline.” Journal of European Studies 44, no. 1 (2014): 64-80.
- “Charles Marvin, a Nineteenth-Century Edward Snowden?” History News Network, July 1, 2013. (link)
- “Rugged Orientalism: Rose Wilder Lane, Libertarian Fantasies, and the Tea Party Movement.” History News Network, January 3, 2011. (link)
- “An Obscure Hero: The Strange State of Lech Wałęsa in Poland and America.” New Islander, December 14, 2010. (link)
- “Transvaal.” Entry in Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in World History. Ed. Kenneth E. Hendrickson, III. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 2014.
- “Armenia.” Revised entry in Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, 13th ed., Cleveland: Eastword Publications Development, 2012.
Grants and Awards
- Fellow, The Royal Society of Arts, May 2017 - present
- Fellow, Theofanis G. Stavrou Fellowship for the Study of Eastern Orthodox History & Culture, September 2011 - December 2011
- Fellow, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Russian), US Department of Education, September 2008 - May 2009.
Dr. Schumacher is currently writing a book on British imperialism and the Eastern Question, titled A Question of Empire: Britain, the Ottomans, and the Eastern Question. After this, he will embark on a project that rethinks the 19th-century East-West dynamic by means of an examination of Mediterranean political, cultural, and economic networks in Italy, Malta, North Africa, and Greece. Dr. Schumacher is also gathering contributors for an edited volume on Europeans in service to Muslim rulers during the Middle East's 19th-century "age of reform." Further, he has a book chapter on British cartoons about the 1894-1896 Armenian massacres coming out in late 2017, and he is writing an article concerning the relationship between democratization and state secrecy laws in Britain in the late 19th century.