Dr. Elise G. Young Professor
Office: Bates 215 Phone: 413-572-8237
Joined Westfield State University in 1998.
Ph.D. Middle East History (specializations in Women’s Studies and comparative history), University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ed.D. Multicultural Education
M.F.A. Columbia University
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College
HIST215: Introduction to Asia, Africa and the Middle East
HIST292: Crisis in the Middle East
HIST325: Women & Revolution
HIST341: Oral History: Theory and Practice
Topics in African History: Women Revisioning African History
History Through the Arts
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- please continue- through her courses; Introduction to the Middle East, Africa, Asia, History through the Arts, and others.
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 information on the Global Women's History and Africa Alive Internship program, google Global Women's History on the Westfield State University homepage.
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.