Visiting and Affiliated Faculty, 2012-2013
- Shiva Balaghi is a historian of the modern Middle East, with special interests in the interrelated histories of colonialism, nationalism, gender, and visual culture. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities at the Cogut Center for the Humanities (2009-12), she will be completing a book on the cultural history of Iran from the mid-nineteenth century through the present. She is the Vice-President of the American Institute of Iranian Studies and an editor of MERIP. Her publications include Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East (co-edited, 1994), Picturing Iran: Art, Society, and Revolution (co-edited, 2002), and Saddam Hussein: A Biography (2005). She has published numerous articles on Iranian intellectual history and visual culture, and her writing has been translated into Chinese, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. She has taught History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, the University of Vermont, and New York University.
- Palmira Brummett Visiting Professor 2011-2015, received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern History and Islamic Studies. She is a historian of the Ottoman empire and the Mediterranean world whose work focuses on the rhetorics and genres of cross-cultural encounter. Current projects include completing a monograph on early modern mapping of the Ottoman empire in text and image, and launching another on the flow of culture, information, and people in the early modern Ottoman Adriatic. In classes ranging from The Ottomans and Europe, to Women in the Islamic Middle East, to The U.S. and the Middle East: Image and Imperialism, she explores textual and visual imagery to examine the layering of history, and the ways in which peoples envision themselves and their neighbors (near and distant). Her published work includes Image and Imperialism in the Ottoman Revolutionary Press, 1908-1911, S.U.N.Y. Press, 2000; Ottoman Seapower and Levantine Diplomacy in the Age of Discovery, S.U.N.Y. Press, 1994; an edited volume, The ‘Book’ of Travels: Genre, Ethnology and Pilgrimage, 1250-1700, Brill, 2009; multiple publications in the field of world history; and numerous articles. (click here for cv)
Nicole Eaton Visiting Assistant Professor received her Ph.D. in History from Brown University in 2012. Her research and teaching interests include women, gender, social activism and public history. Her dissertation, “Moving History Forward: American Women Activists, the Search for a Usable Past and the Creation of Public Memory, 1848-1998,” re-examines the history of American feminism through the lens of historical memory. Her work illuminates how ordinary people have found extraordinary power in seeing their struggles as part of a collective past. She has taught History at Brown University, Simmons College and Bristol Community College.
- Thomas Jundt Visiting Assistant Professor received his Ph.D. from Brown in 2008. His research and teaching interests focus on twentieth century United States history (1865-present) with particular interest in capitalism, social, cultural, and environmental history. He is completing revisions for his book, Buying the Planet Green (forthcoming, Oxford), which examines how the origin of contemporary environmentalism that has generally been associated with Sixties era social movements is more accurately thought of as an earlier response to fears unleashed by nuclear weapons, and by hazardous products produced by largely unregulated corporations after World War II. He has taught at Brown University, McGill University, and Bryant University.
- Jane Lancaster Visiting Assistant Professor 2009-14 , received her PhD in history from Brown University. Interested in women and gender she has published a biography: Making Time, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, a Life Beyond Cheaper by the Dozen (Northeastern, 2004), which won a Popular Culture Association book prize; an institutional history: Inquire Within: A Social History of the Providence Athenaeum Since 1753 (2003), and an annotated edition of Emily Post’s only travel book By Motor to the Golden Gate (McFarland 2005). She has also published many articles on local history, including work on African American activists and artists, Victorian gymnasts, militiamen and philanthropic organizations. Her work on a group of teenage girl diarists from the Early Republic led to an award from the American Association for State and Local History. She is currently completing a biography of the notorious Madame Jumel, and writing a new history of Brown University.
- Elizabeth Meloy Visiting Assistant Professor of History, received her Ph.D. from Brown in May 2012. Her dissertation, "Imagining the West of Ireland: Landscape and Memory in the Wake of the Great Famine, 1845-1860," uses representations of the region of the 'West of Ireland' as a guide to explore the ways in which Dublin's Anglo-Irish and Catholic middle classes struggled to make sense of the catastrophe in its immediate aftermath. Her current project, which extends the dissertation, examines cultural memories of the Famine in early twentieth-century Ireland. She has held visitng positions at Brown and Wellesley College and taught a variety of courses in modern European and Irish history.
- Jeremy Ravi Mumford Visiting Assistant Professor, works on the
history of colonial Latin America and the comparative history of Native Americans. After earning his Ph.D. from Yale he held a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Brandeis University, was a junior fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows, and was assistant professor of
History at the University of Mississippi. He has published on topics in indigenous people's history in the Andes, the United States and Canada, from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries, in journals such as the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Latin
American Research Review, the Canadian Historical Review, and the Boston Globe. His book, "Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes," is due out from Duke University Press in Fall 2012.
- Paris Papamichos Chronakis Visiting Assistant Professor 2012-2013, received his MA in Comparative History from Essex University and his Ph.D. in Modern Greek and European History from the University of Crete. A recipient of numerous grants, he was a Rothschild Foundation Europe post-doctoral teaching fellow at the University of Thessaly. He is a historian of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean working on the late Ottoman Empire, the modern Greek state, and on Sephardic Jewry and holding a special interest in the interrelated histories of the middle classes, interethnic relations, and the passage from empire to the nation-state. As co-editor and contributor, he is involved in two journal thematic issues on the history of the Jews of Salonica and on the Eastern Mediterranean bourgeoisies.
- Richard Parks is a historian of medicine, with a particular interest in the public health of Jewish communities in North Africa during the colonial era. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, he is currently working on an article examining the medicalization of childbirth and motherhood in colonial Tunisia's Jewish community. He has published several articles, including "The Jewish Quarters of Interwar Paris and Tunis: Destruction, Creation, and French Urban Design," in Jewish Social Studies and "Divide et Impera: Public Health and Urban Reform in Protectorate-era Tunis," in the Journal of North African Studies. Richard's next project will be a monograph examining the reception of Darwinian social science in colonial North Africa.
- Strother Roberts ACLS New Faculty Fellow, received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2011. His research and teaching interests focus on colonial North America with particular interest in environmental and economic history, Native American history and the history of race. He is currently revising a book manuscript, entitled The Commodities of the Country, which traces the profound ecological and hydrological impacts that early modern trans-Atlantic markets had upon the land- and waterscapes of New England. His research on the environment of early America has appeared in articles in journals including the The New England Quarterly and Agricultural History and his work on Native American history and race has appeared in the journal Ethnohistory. He taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College before coming to Brown.
- Lidia Santarelli, Visiting Assistant Professor 2012-2013, is a historian of modern Europe and the Mediterranean. Her research interests concentrate on the transnational history of fascism, colonialism and war in twentieth-century Europe, with an emphasis on the cultural origins of the Fascist and Nazi New Order(s) and the Holocaust. She received her Ph.D. in History and Civilization from the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy), and was the recipient of postdoctoral research fellowships at Princeton University, Columbia University and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Washington, D.C. She served as an Assistant Professor / Faculty Fellow in European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University for four years. Her forthcoming book, entitled “The March on Athens. Fascist Italy’s Occupation of Greece (1940-43)”), provides a radical reinterpretation of Italian imperialism in Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean during World War II. She has published articles and book chapters on topics as diverse as Italian war crimes; modernism, Hellenism and empire; the Italo-German relations in Axis-occupied Europe; and contemporary Mediterranean migrations. Currently, she is conducting research on ‘Juridical Fascism: Ideas of international Law and Political Sovereignty across Europe and America.’ She is Fellow Associate to the Italian Academy’s Project on ‘Law and Its Manifestations’ at Columbia University.
- Victor Seow is completing his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard. He specializes in the social and economic history of modern China and Japan, with research interests in issues of energy, science and technology, and the environment. His dissertation, "Coal Capital: Manchurian Energy Regimes and the Industrial Modern, 1907-1957," examines the history of the fossil fuel industry in northeast China and its rise under Japanese management and expertise in the first half of the twentieth century. Through this, it explores the role of energy and energy technologies in shaping Chinese and Japanese experiences with industrial modernity. At Brown, Victor will be teaching the introductory course to Chinese history and a reading seminar on science and technology in modern China.
- Lauri Tahtinen works on the early modern world with a particular interest in colonial Brazil as well as in intellectual and imperial history. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Political Theory Project (2012-2014), he is working on the global context of the intellectual and cultural history of early colonial Brazil. His book project concerns topics such as conquest, conversion, and slavery, as well as the place of Brazil within the Portuguese empire. His article on the global ideological context of the Portuguese Restoration was published recently in the History of European Ideas. He received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.