Speaker Index

Hosts:

 Joan NeubergerJoan Neuberger is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, and editor of Not Even Past. She studies modern Russian culture in social and political context, with a focus on the politics of the arts. Her teaching interests include modern Russia, nineteenth-century Europe, film, and visual culture. She is the author of an eclectic range of publications, including Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St Petersburg, 1900-1914 (California: 1993), Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion (Palgrave: 2003); co-author of Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (Oxford: 2005); and co-editor of Imitations of Life: Melodrama in Russia (Duke: 2001) and Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture (Yale: 2008).


Christopher RoseChristopher Rose is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin and an Adjunct Instructor at St. Edward’s University in Austin. His dissertation is a social history of Egypt during World War One through the lens of public health. He has been actively engaged in public scholarship projects since the late 1990s, and is currently president of the Middle East Outreach Council. During his lengthy tenure as Outreach Director at UT’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2000-2016), he conducted numerous professional development sessions for educators, co-wrote several curriculum units for K-12 classrooms, and took numerous groups of educators to the Middle East.


Kristie Patricia Flannery is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is currently writing her dissertation on the Spanish and British Empires in the Pacific realm. Her work offers new insight into processes of empire-building beyond the Atlantic by interrogating the nature and evolution of Spanish colonialism in the Philippines from 1750 to 1800, a period marked by the dramatic expansion of the British Empire in the region. Prior to graduate school, she  worked as a higher education policy officer for the Australian government.


Samantha Rose RubinoSamantha Rose Rubino is Program Development Coordinator at the University of Texas Law School’s Continuing Legal Education department, having completed her master’s degree in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She was also the Graduate Assistant at the Institute for Historical Studies in 2015-2016 and coordinator of the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality in the History Department (2014-2015). Her master’s thesis examined the development of family law in early modern New Spain.


wiencek_80x90 copyHenry A. Wiencek is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, and has served as assistant editor of Not Even Past. He studies the late 19th and early 20th century American South, particularly the economic and ecological impact of oil extraction, transportation and refining.


Guests:

Shahrzad Ahmadi is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of History in the University of Texas at Austin. She focuses on the twentieth century relationship between Iraq and Iran, with emphasis on the legacy of Shi’ism, and the shared experience of the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88.


Sahar-Aziz_headshot_websizeSahar F. Aziz is Associate Professor of Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of national security and civil rights law with a focus on the post-9/11 era. She also writes on rule of law and democracy in Egypt including gender rights, transparency laws, and election laws. Professor Aziz has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, Russia Today and Al Jazeera America, and in numerous publications. She is also a founding member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association.


Natalie ArsenaultNatalie Arsenault is Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago. She was Director of Public Engagement at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin between 2001-2013. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. Her academic work focuses on early twentieth-century female Brazilian writers such as Julia Lopes de Almeida. She has served as national chair of the outreach committee of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.


Beeta BaghoolizadehBeeta Baghoolizadeh is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a master’s in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation explores constructions of race and citizenship in Iran during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using primary sources from formal and family archives, her research traces the conceptualizations of whiteness and blackness as departure points for understanding the legacy of slavery in Iran.


Richard Bautch is Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He is the author of two books on the exilic and postexilic periods, Developments in Genre between Postexilic Penitential Prayers and the Psalms of Communal Lament (Society of Biblical Literature) and Glory and Power, Ritual and Relationship: The Sinai Covenant in the Postexilic Period (T&T Clark). He is also co-editor of a volume on aesthetics, Beauty and the Bible: Toward a Hermeneutics of Biblical Aesthetics (Society of Biblical Literature).


Daina Ramey BerryDaina Ramey Berry is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include 19th century American History, Comparative Slavery, and Southern History, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender, labor, family, and economy among the enslaved. She is currently working on a comprehensive study of enslaved prices in the United States. Berry has also appeared on the NBC show “Who Do You Think You Are?” as an expert assisting film director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee in tracing his family ancestry.


Aarti Bhalodia is Research Associate in the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a doctorate in South Asian history from UT-Austin. She has carried out research in India and Great Britain. She is interested in changes in Indian kingship during the colonial era and merchant-ruler relations. Her research focuses on how and why Indian rulers adopted reformist policies in response to popular opinion. She is also interested in the social and cultural world of the Indian Ocean and the role of philanthropy in modern education.


Miriam BodianMiriam Bodian is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She works on the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions; post-Expulsion Sephardic Jewry; and Jews and the Reformation. She is the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award in history, and the first annual Koret Jewish Book Award in history for her book Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam.  She is also the author of Dying in the Law of Moses: Crypto-Jewish Martyrdom in the Iberian World.


HW BrandsH.W. Brands is Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes on American history and politics, with books including The Man Who Saved the Union, Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. He lectures frequently on historical and current events and can be seen and heard on national and international television and radio.


Jorge Cañizares-EsguerraJorge Cañizares-Esguerra is the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Cañizares-Esguerra got his PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He works on early modern Atlantic history, the history of science and colonialism; the history of knowledge; and colonial Spanish and British America. He has also authored several books: How to Write the History of the New World (Stanford 2001); Puritan Conquistadors (Stanford 2006); and Nature, Empire, and Nation (Stanford 2007).


Judith CoffinJudith Coffin is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin where she specializes in European social and cultural history, especially 20th-century France; in gender, sexuality and the history of feminism, the history of radio; and the “sexual revolution” in post-war France. She has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and at the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas, and received the William David Blunk Memorial Professor Award in 2006.


Michelle Daneri completed a master’s degree in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin where she worked on Twentieth-Century Native American history. More broadly she focused on Urban History and Native American and Indigenous studies. She has worked in various public history venues and is interested in Native representation in museums.


Ashleigh Dean is Assistant Professor of History at Monmouth University. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Emory University in Atlanta. Her work focuses on the Pacific Ocean as an emerging historical zone in the early modern era, particularly in regards to Sino-Spanish relations, inter-Iberian relations in Asia and the Pacific, and trans-Pacific Spanish colonial administration.


donnerFred M. Donner is Professor of Near Eastern History and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago where he teaches on early Islamic history, Islamic social history, and aspects of Islamic law. His work for the past two decades has focused on the origins and rise of what he calls the “Believers’ movement,” begun by Muhammad (d. 632 CE), which was a stringently monotheistic and pietistic reform movement that also included righteous Jews and Christians, but had crystallized into a separate movement that can properly be termed “Islam” by about 680. This thesis is explored in his book Muhammad Among the Believers (Harvard University Press, 2010).


Susan DouglassSusan Douglass is a doctoral candidate in world history at George Mason University. She has conducted teacher workshops nationwide for over two decades, and developed the education outreach program for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in 2007. At George Mason University’s Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, she worked on the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures/Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project with the American Library Association, and the British Council/Social Science Research Council Our Shared Past initiative.  She designed and developed the online resource The Indian Ocean in World History.


cfindleyCarter Vaughn Findley is Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the Ohio State University where he teaches the history of Islamic civilization, with emphasis on the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. He also co-founded Ohio State’s world history program. His newest book, Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity, was published by Yale University Press in 2010. He is also the author of the multiple award-winning The Turks in World HistoryHe is a past president of the World History Association and the Turkish Studies Association.


George ForgieGeorge B. Forgie is Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His major teaching fields are U.S. political and cultural history from 1763 to 1877 and the U.S. Constitution. He is now studying northern political writing during the Civil War. He is the author of Patricide in the House Divided: A Psychological Interpretation of Lincoln and his Age.


Seth GarfieldSeth Garfield is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary specialization is Brazilian history, but he is also interested in broader questions of race and ethnicity in Latin America, indigenous policy, and comparative frontiers. His current research examines rubber tapping in the Brazilian Amazon during World War II and the roots of contemporary popular mobilization in the rainforest.


garzaThomas J. Garza is University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches courses in Russian language, Russian film and literature, youth culture, Chechnya, and the eastern European origins of the vampire myth.


John Morán GonzálezJohn Morán González is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin.His major research interests include Latino/a literature, especially Chicano/a literature; late nineteenth-century US literature and culture; narrative theory; postcolonial theory; cultural studies. He is the recipient of major fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation. He is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), the Department of American Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Center for Women and Gender Studies.


Leonard Greenspoon is Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization and Professor of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha. Prior to his tenure at Creighton, Greenspoon was a professor of religion at Clemson University. As well as editing the Studies in Jewish Civilization series for Purdue University Press, Greenspoon has coedited another four volumes and written four monographs. A prolific author, he has written over two hundred journal articles, book chapters, and major encyclopedia entries. He has made public and scholarly presentations throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Israel and many European countries. His major research interests center on Bible translations (especially Jewish versions) and religion in popular culture.


Julia Guernsey is Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and publications continue to focus on the Middle and Late Preclassic periods in ancient Mesoamerica, in particular on sculptural expressions of rulership during this time. She also continues to participate on the La Blanca Archaeological Project, which is exploring this large site that dominated the Pacific coastal and piedmont region of Guatemala during the Middle Preclassic period.


guridyFrank A. Guridy is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His recent research has moved into the realm of sport history: a history of race and masculinity in Black Diasporic sporting cultures; and a book-length study of the role of stadiums in U.S. cities also during the 20th century. He is the author of Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and co-editor of Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino/a America (NYU Press, 2010).


Leslie Harris is Associate Professor of History at Emory University in Atlanta. Her career as an historian and teacher has focused on complicating the ideas we all hold about the history of African Americans in the United States; and finding ways to communicate these new ideas to the general public.  Her first book, In the Shadow of Slavery, challenged the prevailing view of slavery as a phenomenon of the southern United States, with little impact or importance in the northern U.S. She is also principal investigator of the New Orleans After Katrina project.


Hoyer, CaceeCacee Hoyer completed her doctorate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Formerly a middle and high school educator, her doctoral research focused on South African Indians in post World War II South Africa, discussing identity and citizenship, the rhetoric of social, economic and cultural rights, and the unique political maneuvering between transnational actors such as the UN, India and South Africa during the emergence of the official policy of apartheid.


Madeline HsuMadeline Y. Hsu is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Center for Asian-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include migration, trans-nationalism, overseas Chinese, and race and citizenship in the United States. She is the author of Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and Southern China, 1882-1943, and is currently working on a second book, tentatively entitled, Strategic Migrations: Immigration Selection and How the Yellow Peril Became a Model Minority, 1872-1966.


James Joshua HudsonJames Joshua Hudson is a lecturer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He completed his doctorate in History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, and spent 2015-16 as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Knox College in Illinois. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he conducted extensive doctoral research in Hunan province in China with scholarships and grants from Fulbright and the Asia Foundation.


Chloe IretonChloe Ireton is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Britain, raised in Spain, she holds a BA with First Class Honours from Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London. Her research focuses on early modern Iberian and Atlantic History, with focus on imperial expansion, borderlands and peripheries, and race and identity.


Ahmad al-JalladAhmad al-Jallad is University Lecturer at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he specializes in the early history of Arabic and North Arabian. He has done research on Arabic from the pre-Islamic period based on documentary sources, the Graeco-Arabica (Arabic in Greek transcription from the pre-Islamic period), language classification, North Arabian epigraphy, and historical Semitic linguistics. He has written the first grammar of Safaitic, a corpus of Ancient North Arabian inscriptions from northern Jordan and southern Syria, and is currently completing a comprehensive study of pre-Islamic Arabic based on documentary sources from the 6th century CE and earlier.


Shainool JiwaShainool Jiwa is Head of Constituency Studies at the Institute for Ismaili Studies in London.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburg.  Her latest book is titled The Founder of Cairo: The Fatimid Imam-Caliph al-Muizz and his Era. This complements her earlier work Towards a Shi’i Mediterranean Empire (2009). She has also contributed a chapter entitled Inclusive Governance: A Fatimid illustration to A Companion to the Muslim World. Dr Jiwa is currently working on a monograph on the life and times of the Fatimid Imam-Caliph al-‘Aziz billah.


Jacqueline JonesJacqueline Jones is the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History, Ideas and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, which she also currently chairs. Her research focusses on the social history of the Confederate States of America and the the American South from 1861 to 1941. She has received numerous accolades, including a MacArthur Fellowship (1999-2004); the Bancroft Prize in American History: Taft Prize in Labor History; the Spruill Prize in Southern Women’s History; the Brown Publication Prize in Black Women’s History; and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Her most recent book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America was named one of the 100 best books of 2013 by The New York Times.


kaplan-120x120Carla Kaplan is Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University in Boston. Her research and teaching focuses on American Literature, Modern Literature and Culture, African American Literature and History, Feminist Theory, Women’s Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies. She is the author, most recently, of Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (HarperCollins, 2013), which was supported by a New York Public Library Cullman Center fellowship (2006-2007), a Guggenheim fellowship (2007-2008), and a W. E. B. DuBois Institute Research Fellowship (2007-2008).


levackBrian Levack is John E. Green Regents Professor in History and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The winner of several teaching awards, Levack offers a wide variety of courses on early modern British and European history, legal history, and the history of witchcraft. For eight years he served as the chair of his department. His books include The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641: A Political Study (1973), The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707 (1987); The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (3rd edition, 2006), which has been translated into eight languages; and Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion (2008). His newest book is The Devil Within: Possessions and Exorcism in the Christian West.


Miguel A. LevarioMiguel A. Levario is Assistant Professor of History at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Miguel A. Levario specializes in US-Mexico Borderlands, with emphasis on the twentieth century. His research focuses on the transnational context of immigration, militarization, and race in the U.S. West and Northern Mexico. His book, Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012) explains current tensions and controversy over immigration and law enforcement issues centered on the US-Mexico border as only the latest evidence of a long-standing atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust plaguing this region.


Philippa LevinePhilippa Levine holds the Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professorship in the Humanities and is Co-Director of the British Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in the United Kingdom, and came to the U.S. in 1987. She taught at the University of Southern California before joining the UT faculty in 2010. She has also taught in her native Britain and in Australia. Her research and teaching interests include the British Empire; intersections of race and gender; science, medicine and society. She is the editor, most recently, of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, and the author of The British Empire: Sunrise to Sunset.


Dominic Lieven is Professor Emeritus of International History at the London School of Economics, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He graduated first in the class of 1973 in history from Cambridge University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard in 1973/4. Subsequently, he has been inter alia a Humboldt Fellow in Germany, and a visiting professor at Tokyo University and Harvard. His recent book, Russia against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814 won the Wolfson Prize and the Annual Prize of the Fondation Napoléon.


James Martin is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he works on US/Latin American relations, Catholic movements, and insurgencies and violence.


John Merriman is Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale University. He teaches French and Modern European history. His books include The Agony of the Republic: The Repression of the Left in Revolutionary France, 1848-1851 (1978); The Red City: Limoges and the French Nineteenth Century (1985); The Margins of City Life: Explorations on the French Urban Frontier (1991); and The Stones of Balazuc: A French Village in Time (2002). Two of his courses are available on line and YouTube through Yale—France since 1871 and Europe, 1648-1945


Karl Hagstrom MillerKarl Hagstrom Miller is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin where he focuses on cultural history of the United States. He uses popular music to explore the cultural, economic, legal, and intellectual history of the United States. He is particularly interested in how transformations in commercial markets and music technology changed the ways people used music to forge their conceptions of race and region, to imagine their relationship to the wider world, to comprehend the past, and to dream about the future.


Stephennie Mulder is Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a specialist in Islamic architectural history and archaeology and has worked at numerous archaeological sites throughout the Middle East. She worked for over ten years as the head ceramicist at Balis, a medieval Islamic city in Syria, and has also conducted extensive art historical fieldwork throughout Syria, Egypt, Turkey, and elsewhere in the region.


Mary NeubergerMary Neuburger is Professor of History, Chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.   focus is on modern eastern Europe with a specialization in southeastern Europe. Her research interests include urban culture, consumption, commodity exchange, gender and nationalism. Her most recent book, Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria (Cornell, 2012) explores the production, exchange, and consumption of tobacco in Bulgaria (and beyond) in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Robert OlwellRobert A. Olwell is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests are focused on the eighteenth-century British-Atlantic World and the early American South. Currently, he is writing a book on the British Florida colony, 1763-1783.


Patrick OlivellePatrick Olivelle is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research focuses on the ancient Indian legal tradition of Dharma??stra. He has edited and translated the four early Dharmas?tras. He has also prepared a critical edition of the Law Code of Manu (M?nava Dharma??stra). A new translation based on the critically edited text was published in Spring 2004 in the Oxford World’s Classics series and the critical edition was published in 2005. In the mid-1990’s Olivelle worked on the late Vedic literature, producing an award-winning translation of the early Upani?ads, as well as a scholar’s edition of them. His early work was focused on the ascetic and monastic traditions of India. He published several editions, translations, and studies of ascetic texts and institutions. His award-winning book on the ??rama system was published in 1993.


jparrottR. Joseph Parrott is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin.  He holds a master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Virginia and is a Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellow at Yale UniversityHis research interests include American politics, U.S. foreign policy and international relations, Cold War Africa, Late Lusophone colonialism, decolonization, and international civil rights.


Barbara PetzenBarbara Petzen Barbara Petzen is director of training initiatives at the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. In this role, she develops executive education and other training programs. She is also director of Middle East Connections, a not-for-profit initiative specializing in professional development and curriculum development on the Middle East and Islam, global education, and study tours to the Middle East for American educators. As the Education Director for the Middle East Policy Council, whe created a comprehensive resource for educators seeking balanced and innovative materials for teaching about the Middle East at TeachMideast.org.


Adam Shapiro is a Lecturer in Intellectual and Cultural History at Birkbeck – University of London. He earned a PhD in the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago in 2007, and I’ve previously held academic appointments at the University of British Columbia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For several years, I have also taught a course on the history of science and religion for the Columbia High School Summer Program.


Snehal ShingaviSnehal Shingavi is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. His interests include Anglophone South Asian literature, Hindi/Urdu literature, Literature in Translation and Translation Theory, Theories of “the nation” (anticolonialism, nationalism, statism, postcolonialism, postnationalism, cosmopolitanism, globalization), and Classical Marxism.  He won the Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, has published articles in several journals including International Socialist Review, and has appeared as a commentator on programs such as Hardball on CNN.


denise-spellberg-photo-credit-ut-austin-Denise A. Spellberg is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include medieval Islamic history and religion; Ottoman Turkish and Byzantine cultures; pre-Islamic religions of Iran; Islam in Europe and America; Gender, and social attitudes toward women in each of these historical contexts. Her latest book, Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, was published in 2013, and was awarded the Hamilton Award by the University of Texas Cooperative Society in 2014.


David StuartDavid Stuart is the David and Linda Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. His interests in the traditional cultures of Mesoamerica are wide-ranging, but his primary research focuses is the archaeology and epigraphy of ancient Maya civilization, and for the past three decades he has been very active in the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing. Stuart is also currently the director of The Mesoamerica Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which fosters multi-disciplinary studies on ancient American art and culture.


Jeremi SuriJeremi Suri is Professor in the Department of History and hold the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs in the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an international historian of the modern world, fascinated by the connections between peoples, ideas, and societies. His work focuses on policy-making, governance, social movements, and cultural (mis)understandings. His works include Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama (Simon and Schuster, 2011), American Foreign Relations since 1898 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Henry Kissinger and the American Century (Harvard, 2007), The Global Revolutions of 1968 (Norton, 2007), and Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente (Harvard, 2003).


Keely Sutton is a doctoral student in the department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas. She received her Master’s Degree in Religion from Wake Forest University where she wrote her thesis Women in Buddhism/Women in India, which explored the portrayals of women in Buddhist texts compared with those within roughly contemporaneous Brahmanical texts.  She is currently writing her dissertation on Mappila pattu, a Muslim song literature of Kerala, India, and its significance within social, historical, and literary spheres.


Samuel ThropeSamuel Thrope is a writer and translator based in Jerusalem where he is currently a fellow with the Martin Buber Society at Hebrew University. Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Thrope earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in Jewish and Zoroastrian Studies. He is the author of numerous articles and most recently published The Israeli Republic, an English translation of Iranian writer Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s travelogue Safar beh Velayat-e Ezrael.


Ann Twinam is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests focus on Latin American History from the colonial era through the eighteenth century, with particular emphasis on social history, race, family history, and women and gender. She also works in the fields of Atlantic History and Spanish history. Her book Public Lives, Private Secrets: Gender, Honor, Sexuality and Illegitimacy in Colonial Spanish America won several awards.


vaughnJames M. Vaughn is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His main interests lie in the history of Britain and the history of the British Empire in the late seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. His current project examines the origins and early development of the British East India Company’s territorial empire in the context of metropolitan socio-political evolution and far-reaching global transformations in the eighteenth century.


Ben Weiss is a third year graduate student in the PhD. program in African History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in History, Government, and African Development Studies. His current graduate work aims to understand the recent political and economic history of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa through interpreting older histories of sexually transmitted diseases on the continent, particularly the syphilis outbreaks of the early 20th century.


Sam WhiteSam White is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Ohio State University. He has taught in many areas of environmental history including both global and American surveys as well as “big history” and topical courses on food, animals, and climate. His research focuses on past climate changes and extreme weather, combining scientific data and historical sources to better reconstruct these episodes and understand their influence on human history. He is the co-founder of the Climate History Network.


Kristin WintersteenKristin Wintersteen is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Houston. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Latin American History from Duke University, specializing in the environmental history of industrial fisheries in the Southeast Pacific. Her work explores the history and ecology of fisheries industrialization and the impacts of this process at a global scale, especially as it relates to the food system.


Ben WrightBenjamin Wright is Public Affairs Officer at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds an MA from Kings College, London, where he wrote about Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy in the lead up to the US entry into the First World War. As a journalist he has worked throughout the states of Texas and New Mexico.

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