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Leslie Rogne Schumacher

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Visiting Assistant Professor at Wells College

Leslie Rogne Schumacher studies nationalism, imperialism, and migration in the Mediterranean Sea and its basin from the 1700s to the present day. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of America & the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia.

Before coming to Wells, Dr. Schumacher taught global leadership in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Saint Joseph’s University, SUNY-New Paltz, Hamline University, the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy, and has held research fellowships at Harvard University and the University of London.

Dr. Schumacher’s prior scholarship has focused on such topics as: imperial and national rivalry in the Mediterranean and Middle East, migration and refugee studies, the EU’s history and future, British diplomacy and foreign policy, and Orientalism and the East-West relationship. He has published research on the Eastern Question and the rise of European integration theory, Britain’s Ionian protectorate, and the 1890s Armenian massacres.

Dr. Schumacher is completing a book on the Eastern Question, titled A Question of Empire: The Eastern Question in Mid-Victorian Politics and Society, under contract with Palgrave Macmillan. His subsequent project is on Mediterranean migration during the nineteenth century, focusing on the experience of Italian and Greek political and war refugees in Britain’s Mediterranean colonies as well as in North African port cities

In May 2017, he was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), for his civic engagement on immigration and refugee affairs.

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