Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Leslie Rogne Schumacher
Leslie Rogne Schumacher

Leslie Rogne Schumacher


Senior Fellow - Center for the Study of America and the West

Research Areas

Imperialism, Nationalism, and Transnationalism in the Mediterranean and Middle East; Migration and Refugee Studies; EU Politics and Society; British Foreign Policy; and the Role of the Western Media in International Affairs.

Leslie Rogne Schumacher, PhD, FRSA is a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of America & the West at FPRI. He is a historian of Europe and the Middle East, focusing on nationalism, imperialism, and migration in the Mediterranean Sea and its basin from the 1700s to the present day. Dr. Schumacher is Lecturer of International Studies in the Lauder Institute, a part of the Wharton School and the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in the study of global leadership. He also serves as an Institute for European Studies Visiting Scholar in the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Dr. Schumacher has also taught at SUNY-New Paltz, Hamline University, Germantown Academy, and the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy. He has held prior research fellowships at Harvard University and the University of London. Dr. Schumacher received his PhD in modern European and Middle Eastern history from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and his BA in history and religious studies from Hamline University in 2005.

Dr. Schumacher’s scholarship focuses 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 Britain and the 1890s Armenian massacres. He is currently working on Mediterranean migration during the age of nationalism, focusing on the experience of European refugees in Britain’s Mediterranean colonies as well as in North Africa. 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. Having been Vice-Chair of the Board from 2014 to 2018, he currently serves as Director of Communications & Social Media. You can follow his BATW tweets on Twitter @britishscholar. In May 2017, Dr. Schumacher was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), for his civic engagement on immigration and refugee affairs.