Associate Professor of History
BA, Moravian College; MA, PhD, Northeastern University
Memorial Hall 005
About Professor Howarth
Whitney Howarth, Associate Professor of History, specializing in modern world history and the history of India, joined the faculty at Plymouth State University in the fall 2004. She received her B.A. in history at Moravian College, Pennsylvania in 1995, and her M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2004) in World History from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Howarth has taught world history at the college level since 1999. Before coming to Plymouth State University, she was a lecturer at Suffolk University, Salem State College and Northeastern University. She also worked as a research fellow at Northeastern’s World History Center, where she assisted in the research, design and development of professional development programs for high school world history teachers, world history workshops and multi-media publications (1995-2004).
Dr. Howarth’s regional specialization is India. Her research focuses on the nineteenth century and examines themes such as colonization, statecraft, nationalism, and identity formation. Her doctoral dissertation, “Mission to Modernity: Formation of a Hindu Political Community in late nineteenth century Mysore,” investigates the princely kingdom of Mysore as a nexus of world historical interaction and ideological debate. She has lived, traveled, studied and taught in India since 1998 and maintains close ties with development organizations and institutions of higher learning in south India.
Dr. Howarth’s other teaching and research interests include women’s studies, post-colonial literature, migrations, sustainable development and globalization. She currently teaches such courses as : India and the World, Sex and Empire in Colonial India, the British Empire in World History, Islamic Empires, Roots of Current Global Conflict, Cross Cultural Contact in World History, Modern World History (1500 to present), and Global Colonial Women.
In summer 2007, she was a visiting fellow at Scott College in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, South India where she taught a graduate course on historiography. Dr. Howarth co-taught a course entitled “Perspectives On India: Eco Spirituality and Sustainability” in Fall 2010 and in the winter of 2011, she brought a group of 16 students to India for three weeks to practice permaculture and reforestation at Sadhana Forest, an ashram at Auroville (Tamil Nadu). In the fall of 2013, Dr. Howarth lived in England and India during her sabbatical while doing research on indigenous communities’ sustainability practices and livelihood adaptations in response to globalization and climate change in the Western Ghats region of Kerala, India.
Dr. Howarth has also enjoyed coordinating international service learning trips for PSU students to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, in addition to India. She thinks travel is a wonderful way to learn world history! She has presented papers internationally on the violence of nationalism, human rights, the World Bank, indigenous land rights, modern statecraft, communalism, world history pedagogy and non-violent resistance. She has published curriculum materials about the Indian Ocean and materials on Indian history, missiology, and global connections. She enjoys working with world history teachers at the secondary level to develop curriculum on globalizing history that focuses on utilizing primary sources and interactive teaching.
She lives in Concord, New Hampshire with her husband and three year old daughter, Pema. She is an active member of her Unitarian Universalist church, its choir and worship planning team. In her spare time she enjoys travel, cooking Indian food, reading everything, working for social justice, singing and supporting the work of resettling refugee populations in New Hampshire. Her passion is educating and advocating for a more peaceful and sustainable world.
“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.” — WADE DAVIS