Katrina ChludzinskiKatrina Chludzinski

Ph.D. Program

Fields: Southeast Asian History

Dissertation Title: “Choosing Race: The Constructions of Anglo-Burman Identity, 1885-1962”

Advisor: Trude Jacobsen

Contact: Kchludzinski@niu.edu

Currently I am a PhD candidate studying Burmese history. While my MA research focused on gender constructions in colonial Burma, my dissertation concerns the construction of ethnic, national and gender identities of Anglo-Burmans in the twentieth century. I am also currently an instructor here at NIU, teaching History 170: Problems in the Human Past until 1500 CE.

Accomplishments

2016- Received an Earl W. Hayter and Alfred F. Young Endowment to conduct research in the United Kingdom. Received an Office of the Dean of the Graduate School Graduate Student Travel Grant in order to present a paper entitled, “What’s An Anglo-Burman? The Forgotten European Ancestors in Burma” at the Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom Conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Has been invited to present a paper entitled, “Identity Formation and Decolonization: The Political Manifestations of Anglo-Burman Identities in the 1940s” at the International Burma Studies Conference at Northern Illinois University. Taught History 170: “Problems in the Human Past until 1500 CE” at Northern Illinois University.

2015-Received a Northern Illinois Large Research Grant to conduct research in the United Kingdom and Myanmar. Received the United States Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship to travel to Myanmar for 8 weeks of intensive language study. Served as Chair and Organizer for the Eighth Annual Northern Illinois History Graduate Student Conference.

2014- Received the United States Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship to travel to Myanmar for 10 weeks of intensive language study.

2013- Presented a paper entitled, “’Among Pagodas and Fair Ladies’: British Ambiguities Concerning the ‘High Status of Burmese Women, 1970-1925” at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at Michigan State University. Received the United States Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship to travel to Myanmar for 10 weeks of language study. Received and declined the Foreign Language and Area Studies 2013-2016 Academic Year Fellowship.

2012- Received an Earl W. Hayter and Alfred F. Young Endowment to conduct research in the United Kingdom.