My name is Leslie Rogne Schumacher. I write about history, politics, and society. A native of the American Upper Midwest, I hold a Ph.D. in modern European and Middle Eastern history from the University of Minnesota, where I studied with Dr. Anna Clark. My scholarly interests lie in British imperial and political history, Orientalism and its critics, the history and future of the European Union, the structure of foreign policymaking, and the conflicts that have emerged in modern democratic society over the freedom of information and ideas. Much of my work has centered on the concept of the East-West relationship.
I am the David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where I teach modern European and Middle Eastern history (link). I spend my weekends in Washington, DC with my wife Kaja J. Tally-Schumacher, who is a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks and a Ph.D. Candidate at Cornell University (link). I was a Visiting Lecturer at SUNY – New Paltz in 2013, and I have also taught at Tompkins Cortland Community College. In Fall 2009 I was a Visiting Research Student at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, and in Spring 2012 I was a Visiting Fellow in the History Department at Harvard University. In May 2017, I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
I have a passion for writing. I have written articles published in the Journal of European Studies (link), The New Islander (link), History News Network (link 1, link 2), and I am the author of two book chapters, one on Britain’s Ionian protectorate (link) and a forthcoming one on British visual depictions of the 1894-1896 Armenian Massacres (for more information, see link). I am writing an article at present on political, economic, and cultural networks between Italy, Malta, and North Africa during the first half of the nineteenth-century, focusing on the exodus southward of Italian political refugees. I am also currently gathering contributors for a planned volume on Europeans in service to Muslim rulers during the Middle East’s nineteenth-century “age of reform.” I have a deep interest in writing for a general audience as well—a goal I hope this website furthers.
I provide service for a number of academic organizations, journals, and initiatives. I serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of The British Scholar Society, the organization which pioneered the "Britain and the World" model of history and which holds an annual conference, publishes a top-ranked journal, and edits a highly regarded book series from Palgrave Macmillan. I also sit on the review panels of Diplomacy & Statecraft, Victorian Network, Studia Historyczne, Britain and the World, and the Marmara Journal of European Studies. For the last of these I also serve on the editorial board. I am a member of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), and the Digital Humanities 2.0 initiative at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota.
I have long been involved in political activism and campaigning, primarily but not exclusively for progressive causes. As a teenager, I was a founding member of Iron Range Youth in Action, as well as a community organizer for a pilot grant program called Orr Youth Development, for which I and others lobbied at the state (MN) and national level for youth education and health issues. In college I served as an elected student representative in my college's student congress, including for a time as Chair of the Board of Elected Representatives. I was involved in the Minneapolis-St. Paul's vibrant antiwar community before and during the Iraq War, and I helped run a Green Party reelection campaign for Minneapolis City Council in 2006. In 2016, I served as the Tompkins County (NY) Co-Chair for the Democratic Congressional campaign for NY-23 (link).
About this Website
Although one can find information on my professional background on this website, it is not just an electronic CV. The goal of all scholars is of course the analysis of complex topics, but there is no doubt that the voice of the modern scholar too rarely extends beyond the classroom and the faculty meeting. I think that this is a problem. I think we can do more with our training and knowledge. Many of us wish we did do more and yet still do not. This website is my attempt to contribute to the broader world of ideas and opinion.
- The Blog section contains my commentary on issues related to my areas of scholarly interest, the state of the industry and culture of higher education, current events in foreign and domestic affairs, and trends in American culture.
- The Contact form can be used to get in touch with me, which I enthusiastically encourage.
In the future, three additional sections of this website will be added:
- The Projects section will give details on my past, present, and future work.
- The Trends section will provide several curated feeds (including news, Twitter, and RSS) that interested parties can read and subscribe to.
- The Resources section will be a continuously updated and organized list of writers, outlets, organizations, and initiatives that advance the ideal of public intellectualism.