Question of the Month: June

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H-Nationalism’s Question of the Month series offers a forum for discussing the big questions surrounding research, pedagogy, and practice in the field of nationalism studies and the history of nationalism. Use the reply feature to join the conversation! Email Simon Purdue ( of Northeastern University if you’d like to propose a question of you own. If you need technical assistance with logging in and posting comments, please contact H-Net’s Help Desk (  


Dear Subscribers,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these times of unprecendented crisis. We are seeing events unfold that are shaking America to its core, and as scholars of nationalism, race, and related fields it is vital that we pay attention, listen and acknowledge what is going on in every city in the nation. 

Although at times such as these we may lose track of time, another month is upon us, and so too is another question as part of our Question of the Month series. This month we are asking:

Which digital research methods are having or should be having the biggest impact in nationalism studies? Have approaches like GIS, topic modeling, or network analysis changed how we think about our topics? Do these methods bring methodological risks with them?  

As always, we look forward to recieving your comments and ideas on this question. Please don't hesitate to reach out directly to me if you have any questions!

Best wishes,

Simon Purdue -- Series Editor