Leslie Rogne Schumacher is the David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA (link). Dr. Schumacher serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for The British Scholar Society as well as Director of Communications & Social Media. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in history and religious studies from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN in May 2005. He did his graduate work at the University of Minnesota, where he worked with Dr. Anna Clark and received his Ph.D. in July 2012 with a dissertation titled “A ‘Lasting Solution’: The Eastern Question and British Imperialism, 1875-1878” (link).
Dr. Schumacher’s research is on the Eastern Question (and other East European, Balkan, and Near and Middle Eastern matters) in nineteenth-century British politics, society, and foreign and imperial policy. He has accompanying interests modern Turkish and Middle Eastern history, the politics of democracy, state secrecy laws and the covert institutions of imperialism, and the history (and future) of the European Union, especially East European and Turkish accession and the resolution of the Cyprus dispute.
Dr. Schumacher has written articles published in the Journal of European Studies (link), The New Islander (link), History News Network (link 1, link 2), and he is 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). Dr. Schumacher also wrote a column for the Society from 2012 to 2013 (link). He is currently gathering contributors for a planned volume on Europeans in service to Muslim rulers during the Middle East’s nineteenth-century “age of reform.”
In addition to his work with the Society, Dr. Schumacher sits 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 he also serves on the editorial board. He is also 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. In Fall 2009 he was a Visiting Research Student at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, and in Spring 2012 he was a Visiting Fellow in the History Department at Harvard University.
Dr. Schumacher splits his time between Philadelphia and Ithaca, NY, where his wife, Kaja J. Tally-Schumacher, is a Ph.D. Candidate at Cornell (link). Before coming to Saint Joseph’s University, he was a Visiting Lecturer at the State University of New York – New Paltz in 2013, and he has also taught at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Contact him at lschumacsjuedu (lschumacsjuedu) .