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The Boston School of Nationalism Studies

The Institute’s approach to nationalism is based on the works of its director, Professor Liah Greenfeld developed in her books Nationalism : Five Roads to Modernity (Harvard University Press, 1992), The Spirit of Capitalism : Nationalism and Economic Growth (Harvard University Press, 2001), and Nationalism and the Mind: Essays on Modern Culture (Oxford: Oneworld, 2006). In the past ten years, several younger scholars who studied with Professor Greenfeld have developed these ideas in their dissertations and publications, applying them to new geographical as well as thematic areas. These younger scholars represent the Boston School of Nationalism Studies. They include:

Professor Chikako Takeishi. Professor Takeishi did her doctoral thesis on the nature of nationalism in post-WWII Japan (Harvard University, 1999). She has published on issues related to theory of nationalism, science, and Japanese national identity. She teaches sociology at Chuo University of Tokyo. In the fall 2006, and several times subsequently, Professor Takeishi brought 20 of her students to Boston University to participate in Professor Greenfeld’s  Seminar on Modernity, dedicated to Mental Illness.

Dr. Chandler Rosenberger. Dr. Rosenberger wrote his dissertation on Czech dissident movements (Boston University, 2000). From 1992 to 1994, he covered the collapse of Czechoslovakia and the war in Yugoslavia as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, on whose board of trustees he currently serves. Dr. Rosenberger has written about post-Communist Central Europe for scholarly journals and for such publications as National Review, World Policy Journal, and The Wall Street Journal. He is currently working on the intellectual and social foundations of anti-Americanism and terrorism.

Professor Michael Thurman. Professor Thurman wrote his Ph.D. (Boston University, 2001) on the origins of Dutch nationalism. His research has also focused on modes of international development and European populism. Professor Thurman currently holds adjunct positions at New York University, Fordham University and the City University of New York – Baruch College, while also being a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at New York University.

Dr. Rosemary Toumbas. Dr Toumbas started her career as a broadcast journalist in Boston, and later in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she studied the relationship between the press and national consciousness. This work led to her Ph.D from the University Professors program at Boston University in 2001. Dr Toumbas’ dissertation focused on the role of the media in the resurgence of Greek nationalism during the Macedonian conflict of the 1990’s. Dr. Toumbas continues to work as a journalist in Greece and in the United States.

Dr. Angela Buzan. Dr Buzan did her doctoral dissertation in Political Sociology and Communication at the University Professors Program of Boston University (2002). Her work focused on the nature and viability of European identity.

Dr. James Stergios holds a doctoral degree in Political Sociology and Cultural History (Boston University, 2003). His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Italy: the unfinished nation”, dealt with the vicissitudes of the emergence of nationalism in Italy and the nature of Italian nationalism. Dr. Stergios served as research director at Pioneer Institute, where he specialized in regulatory reform, housing, government efficiency, judicial reform and the human services. He has taught Economics at the Rome campus of European University, and later at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Dr Stergios is currently Executive Director of the Pioneer Institute, a public policy research organization. James Stergios’ most recent publication is his article entitled “Language and Nationalism in Italy,” in Nations and Nationalism 12 (1), 2006, 15-33. Copyright is held by ASEN (the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, London).

Dr. Jonathan Eastwood is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington and Lee University. He holds a doctorate in History and Sociology from the University Professors Program (Boston University, 2004). Professor Eastwood’s publications include his recent book entitled The Rise of Nationalism in Venezuela (Florida, 2006), and his “Positivism and Nationalism in 19th Century France and Mexico,” Journal of Historical Sociology, 2004.

Rev. Kendal Mobley. Rev. Mobley’s doctoral dissertation (Boston University, 2003) discusses the case of the theologian Helen Barrett Montgomery, uncovering the essentially secular, national image of the world underlying her influential theology.

Dr. Nikolas Prevelakis also explored the nature of religion in the modern, national world. His second doctoral dissertation (Boston University, The University Professors’, 2006) dealt with the relationship between religious and national consciousness in the Greek-Orthodox world. Nikolas Prevelakis also holds a doctorate in Philosophy (University of Paris-Sorbonne, 2001). He is currently a Lecturer in Social Studies at Harvard University.

Prof. Oliver Benoit. Dr. Benoit’s doctoral dissertation (Sociology, Brandeis University) examined the rise of nationalism in Grenada between 1920 and 1950. Dr. Benoit is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the School of Arts and Sciences at St. George’s University in Grenada.

Mr. Oyeshiku Carr. Mr. Carr completed his dissertation on “Re-assessing Nationalism in the African Context,” which examines the cases of nationalism in Eritrea and Rwanda.  His work focuses on the historical evolution of nationalism in Africa and seeks to understand the relationship between nationalism and Africa’s many weak and failed states.