Leslie Rogne Schumacher, Ph.D., FRSA

David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Barbelin 112H
Phone: 610-660-1742
Email: lschumac@sju.edu
Website: lrschumacher.com @L_R_Schumacher

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Leslie Rogne Schumacher is the David H. Burton Fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at SJU, where he teaches modern European and Middle Eastern history. Dr. Schumacher's work is on the history of European imperialism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, with a particular interest in the "Eastern Question" -- a term that refers to the events, dynamics, and concerns related to Europe's role in the perceived decline of the Ottoman Empire from the 18th century until the foundation of Turkey in 1923. Other interests of his include: Mediterranean transnational history; migration and refugee studies; Orientalism and the Orientalist critique; the principles and structure of foreign, imperial, and military policymaking; and the role of the Western media in international affairs.

Outside SJU, Dr. Schumacher serves on the Board of Directors of Britain and the World, whose journal, its book series, 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, the Journal of Tourism History, 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

Professional Experience

  • 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

Courses Taught

  • 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.

Short-form articles:

  • “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)

Encyclopedia articles:

  • “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

Selected grants/awards/honors:

  • 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. He is also working on a subsequent major project on the movement of Italian political refugees across the Mediterranean Sea after the Napoleonic Wars. Further, Dr. Schumacher is gathering contributors for an edited volume on Europeans in service to Muslim rulers during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Finally, he has a book chapter on British cartoons about the 1894-1896 Armenian Massacres coming out in 2018, as well as two articles in the works: one concerning the relationship between democratization and state secrecy laws in 19th-century Britain, and another that rethinks nationalism and transnationalism in the 19th-century Mediterranean.