Leslie Rogne Schumacher
Ph.D., FRSA, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of America & the West at FPRI
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 FPRI, Dr. Schumacher was the David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University. He has also taught at SUNY-New Paltz, Hamline University, and 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. He is currently working on Mediterranean migration during the nineteenth-century age of nationalism, 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. Dr. Schumacher also sits on the Board of Directors of Britain and the World (BATW), whose conference, journal, and book series are leading venues for work in British Studies. In May 2017, he was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), for his civic engagement on immigration and refugee affairs.