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Dr. Elise G. Young Professor
Office: Bates 215 Phone: 413-572-8237
Joined Westfield State University in 1998.
Dr. Young holds doctorates in both Middle East History, (with specializations in Women’s Studies and comparative history) and in Multicultural Education. She is also a poet and earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1969.
She earned a B. A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1967.
Introduction to Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Oral History: Theory and Practice
History Through the Arts
Topics in African History: Women Revisioning African History
Contributions in her field include feminist historiography of modern nation state building and oral histories of Palestinian midwives and others in refugee camps in Jordan. Dr. Young developed a Contemplative Practice Model for teaching about the Middle East/Africa and has brought Contemplative practice in education into the teaching of the Middle East/Africa through her course: History as Performance Arts.
Dr. Young is founder and director of The Global Women’s History Project (1999). In 2005/6 she created Africa Alive! African History through Film, Story, and Song, a collaboration between public and private education partnering with The Five Colleges, Inc. and Springfield College. For more detail on The Global Women’s History Project and Africa Alive, see History Department Spotlights.
Dr. Young is author of Keepers of the History: Women and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, Teachers College Press, 1992, an innovative feminist historiography of the war over Palestine and Gender and Nation Building in the Middle East: The Political Economy of Health from Mandate Palestine to Refugee Camps in Jordan (Tauris Press, 2012).
For a list of numerous published articles, and public talks and workshops nationally and internationally, see her website, www.eliseyoung.com
Awards and Grants:
Dr. Young’s Awards and Grants include a USIA/ACOR Fellowship, and a Unity First Common Ground Award for Excellence as an Educator.
She was a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center in 1995/96.
She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley in 2005/6.
Dr. Young produced a short video in 1992, with Dr. Salwa Najjab-Khatib, titled ‘Doctors, Friends, Sisters,’ about a community based women’s health project initiated by Dr. Najjab.
In 2012, Dr. Young’s publication, ‘A Woman’s Perspective from Jabal Al Hussein Refugee Camp, Amman, Jordan, was translated into Castilian by IEPALA for publication on their website.
Dr. Young’s research interests continue to focus on historiographical models, contemplative practices in education, oral history, women’s studies, race/class/gender studies, ethnic studies, interdisciplinary studies, comparative history, and the arts as a form of historiography. Her passion for Yoga practice and philosophy informs her work as an educator.