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. His expertise is in modern European and Middle Eastern history, with an emphasis on the British-Ottoman relationship in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Dr. Schumacher's work is centered on 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 late 18th century until the foundation of modern Turkey in 1923. Other research and teaching interests of his include: Orientalism and the Orientalist critique; the structure of British foreign and imperial policymaking; the role of the press in international affairs; modern confidentiality and secrecy laws; the past, present, and future of the European Union; and the ongoing Afro-Eurasian refugee crisis.


  • 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 European Refugee Crisis


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.


Dr. Schumacher's current research concerns the influence that a series of reforms in Britain's Foreign Office in the late 19th and early 20th century had on Britain's diplomatic and consular service in the Near and Middle East. He is particularly concerned with the potential connections these reforms had with the development of Britain's imperial goals in the region. 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." He also has two articles in progress: one concerns the relationship between democratization and state secrecy laws in Britain in the late 19th century, while the other makes an argument for rethinking and "repositioning" the 19th-century East-West dynamic by means of a new examination of Mediterranean sociopolitical, cultural, and economic networks.