Whitney B. Howarth
Associate Professor of History
Department of History and Philosophy
Plymouth State University
MSC #30, 17 High Street
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Ph.D. in World History, Northeastern University, Boston, M.A. (2004)
M.A. in World History, Northeastern University, Boston, M.A. (1998)
B.A. in History and Education, Moravian College, Bethlehem, P.A. (1995) magna cum laude
Areas of Interest
World History: Comparative nationalism, imperialism, post-colonial identity, communalism, and globalization
South Asia: The princely state of Mysore, missionary history, modern colonialism, religious identity and statecraft
Gender: identity of the colonized/colonizer, women’s activism and resistance, identity politics in Islam and India
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire (2004-present)
Associate Professor of History/Social Studies, Department of History and Philosophy, 2010 to present
Course offerings: India and the World
Sex and Empire in Colonial India
Women and Global Colonialism
The British Empire
Islamic Empires in World History
Social Studies Methods for Secondary Educators
Modern World History (1500 to present)
Roots of Current Global Conflicts
Cross Cultural Contact in World History
Race and Education: Cross Cultural Perspectives from North America and Africa (w/ fieldwork in Tanzania 2007)
Perspectives on India: Eco Spirituality and Sustainability (w/ fieldwork in Auroville, South India 2011)
Assistant Professor of History/Social Studies, Department of Social Sciences, 2004-2010
Course offerings (see above)
Visiting Fellow, Department of History, Scott Christian College, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India Summer 2007
Course offering: History Research Methods (Graduate level)
Part-time Lecturer, Department of History, Suffolk University, Boston. 2003-2004.
Course offerings: Ancient World History (to 1500), World History (1500 to Present), Cultural Contact, and
The Emergence of Modern South Asia
Part-time Lecturer, Department of History, Salem State College, Salem, MA. 2003.
Course offering (multiple sections): Ancient World History (to 1500)
Part-time Lecturer, Department of History, Northeastern University, Boston. 1999-2003.
Course offerings: World History (1500 to present) and Third World Women
Research Associate and Staff.
-- Coordinated and directed various educational conferences and teaching training institutes,
-- Guest lectured at seminars and workshops on various topics in World History
-- Researched, developed, and helped to produce extensive multi-media world history course on CD-ROM
Archives Intern. John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Archives,
-- Processed United States governmental records and collections
-- Worked in the film, photo and audio archives with Kennedy materials
Doctoral Dissertation: “Mission to Modernity: Formation of a Hindu Political Community in Late-Nineteenth Century Mysore,” submitted to the Department of History, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 2004.
Master’s Thesis: “Forced Migration in the Twentieth Century: Imagining the Self and the Nation” (regions examined: Czech Sudetenland, Turkey, Pakistan, and India), submitted to the Deptartment of History, Northeastern University, 1998.
· Howarth, Whitney. Advocates and Arbiters: Travancore and Mysore Missionaries as Public Petitioners and Champions of Social Justice (1806-1886) Journal of Postcolonial Theory and Theology. Sopher Press,Volume 1, Issue 2 (October 2010).
· "Tantra: Exploring Hinduism, Sexuality and the Feminine Divine" presented to the Philosophy Circle Talk, Plymouth State University, October 2010.
· “Out-sourcing, Yoga, Nukes, and Bollywood dreams: Perceptions of India in Popular Media and World Politics,” presentation to the Rye Public Library Association, Rye, New Hampshire. March 2010.
· “Re-Defining the Dharma: Shifting views of Hindu Statecraft in late nineteenth century South India” paper presented at the New England Regional History Association, Portland, Maine, April 28 2009
· “Rajdharma: Mediating Modernity within the context of Hindu Kingship” paper presented to The North Ca rolinaCenter for South Asian Studies Colloquium, March 2008.
· “Natural Resources: Curse of Blessing?” co-presented with Dr. Filiz Otucu, New Hampshire Council for Social Studies Conference, Manchester, NH, October 2008.
· “After the Tsunami: Politics, Privatization and Plight of the Poor in South India Today” presentation for the Society of Scholarly Dialogue, Faculty Forum, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire, November 2007.
· “Advocates and Arbiters: The role of missionaries in public petitions and social justice causes in the Hindu kingdoms of Travancore and Mysore (1806-1906)” paper presented at Scott Christian College History Symposium Conference on Missionaries in Travancore History, Nagercoil, India, July 2007.
· “Neoliberalism and the Failure of International Water Management” paper presented at the International Studies Association Conference, San Diego, March 2006 (publication in progress).
· “African Women: Colonized bodies, empowered voices” co-presented with Dr. Ann McClellan for International Woman’s Day, The Frost Center, Plymouth State University, March 2006.
· “The Indian Ocean Economy: Lesson on Secondary Sources” published in Special Focus: Teaching about the Indian Ocean World, College Board Advanced Placement (AP) World History, pp 50-65 (2006).
· Panel presentation at Roundtable discussion “Multimedia in World History: Evaluating the “Migration in Modern World History, 1500-2000” CD-ROM, American Historical Association Conference, Chicago,
· “Modernity and Mission: The Creation of a Hindu State in 19th Century South India,” presented at the World History Seminar Series, Northeastern University, May 2001.
· “Competing Modernities: Conflicting Visions of Modern Civil Rights in turn-of-the-century South India,” presented with panel on “Law and Colonial Society” at the World History Association Conference, Northeastern University, June 2000.
· “Forced Migrations in the Twentieth Century: Imagining the Self and the Nation,” presented at the World History Association Conference, University of Colorado, Fort Collins, June 1998.
· “Expulsion and Identity: Self and the Other in Twentieth Century Nationalism,” presented at the Graduate History Symposium, panel on “Gender, Nationalism and Identity,” Boston College, March 1998.
Honors and Affiliations
Committees and Community Outreach
Residential colloquium/graduate course, Plymouth State University (August 2005)