Caleb Shelburne is a rising senior living in Kirkland House from Northampton, Massachusetts. As a History and Literature concentrator, Caleb has focused on cross-cultural encounters in the modern world, especially Ottoman-French relations. A formative study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence after his freshman year introduced him to postcolonial theory, which has largely directed his work since. In the summer after his sophomore year, Caleb received a fellowship to conduct research with Professor Christie McDonald of Romance Languages and Literatures on a forthcoming book on 18th-century French women writers. Although substantively different from his own research, this project inspired interests in both gender constructs in modernizing societies and feminist theory. For his thesis, Caleb hopes to bring these divergent threads together to examine the nineteenth-century Orient Express.
Caleb has kept himself busy outside of class too, from writing for The Crimson to learning to figure skate. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Tempus, the college's undergraduate history review, performed with the Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and volunteered as an academic tutor with the Phillips Brooks House Association.
For more about Caleb's work, read An Interview with Caleb Shelburne