Shiva Balaghi, Visiting Assistant Professor 2012-14, is a cultural historian of the Middle East, who teaches in the Departments of History and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University as the Laya Khadjavi Visiting Professor of Iranian Studies. Balaghi is a Contributing Editor of Jadaliyya and a Trustee of the American Institute of Iranian Studies. Her books include Saddam Hussein: A Biography (2005); Picturing Iran: Art, Society, and Revolution (co-edited, 2002); and Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East (Co-edited, 1994). Balaghi has published widely on Iranian visual culture and contemporary Islamic Art. She is currently completing a book on knowledge and power in Iran. Before coming to Brown, she was Associate Director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU for a decade. She has taught at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan.
Palmira Brummett, Visiting Professor 2011-16, 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, genres (and genders) of cross-cultural encounter. Current projects include work on the flow of culture, information, and people in the Ottoman Adriatic; early modern mapping; and the ways in which the Ottoman female was narrated and visualized in the early modern imagination. Her most recent monograph, Mapping the Ottomans: Sovereignty, Territory, and Identity, is due out from Cambridge University Press in 2015.Other 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. 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, Brummett 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).
Amy Turner Bushnell, Adjunct Associate Professor and JCBL Researcher-in-Residence, to 2017.
Jack P. Greene, Adjunct Professor and JCBL Researcher-in-Residence, to 2017.
Jane Lancaster, Visiting Assistant Professor, 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.
Joseph Meisel, Deputy Provost and Adjunct Assistant Professor, is a historian of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain with primary research emphasis on political life and institutions. He received A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. His publications include Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone (2001) and Knowledge and Power: The Parliamentary Representation of Universities in Britain and the Empire (2011), and he is co-author, with Gareth Gordery, of Harry Furniss and “The Humours of Parliament”: A View of Late Victorian Political Culture (2014).
Rebecca More, Visiting Scholar 2012-2016, received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown in History. She directed the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching at Learning at Brown from 1992 until her retirement in 2010. Her current research focuses on the social, economic and cultural history of Early Modern England and Colonial America. Current research projects include: the social and political significance of "virtue" in English church memorials (1450-1700), and an annotated edition of the Revolutionary War diary of a lotyalist Anglican minister. Her publications include "The Settlement Maps of Early Lancaster New Hampshire: from Colonial Plantation to Republican Township" in Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country (Monadnock Institute, Franklin Pierce University, 2011), editing and writing for the Sheridan Center's Teaching Exchange (1992-2010), the introduction to the 1989 edition of Horace Walpole’s essay On Modern Gardening (1780), and numerous book reviews. From 2008 on, she has given lectures and published articles on Congressman John Wingate Weeks, sponsor of the 1911 Weeks Act, which established the National Forest Reserves. In 2013 she appeared in two films on the Weeks Act, "The People's Forest" (Moore-Huntley Productions) and "The Balancing Act," (US Forest Service and Plymouth State University). She has lectured on the history of gardening for the Garden Club of America since 1985. She has been a Lecturer in History in the Division of Liberal Arts, Rhode Island School of Design since 1995 and teaches on gender and social history in Early Modern England. She also works with senior Honors candidates at Brown on their thesis presentations.
Dr. More currently serves as trustee of the Weeks Medical Center (Lancaster NH), the President's Council at Plymouth State University (Plymouth NH), the Advisory Council of the Museum of the White Mountains Plymouth State University, the Outreach committee for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Concord NH), and the National Council at Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth NH).
Jeremy Mumford, Lecturer in History, works on colonial Latin American history and the comparative history of Native Americans. He is the organizer of the Andean Project, a lecture series and seminar on Andean history and culture. After earning his Ph.D. from Yale he was a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mississippi. His book, Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes was published by Duke University Press in November 2012. His articles have appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Latin American Research Review, the Canadian Historical Review, and the Boston Globe, among others.
Joel Revill, Assistant Dean of the Faculty and Adjunct Assistant Professor 2012-16, Assistant Dean of the Faculty and Adjunct Assistant Professor, is a student of French Third Republican intellectual life. He received his Ph.D. in European history from Duke University and has taught at North Carolina State University, Reed College, and Williams College. His work focuses on the confluence of debates over the philosophy of science and the definition of citizenship in the Third Republic. His teaching interests run from the enlightenment to the present, and at Brown he teaches on urban culture and intellectual life in fin-de-siècle Paris and Vienna.
Rachel Rojanski, Adjunct Professor, January 2014-18.
Anthony Watson, Associate Director of Middle East Studies Program, Watson Institute, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History 2012-16, joined the Department of History as adjunct assistant professor specializing in Christian and Islamic history in 2012. He is also the associate director of Brown's Middle East Studies program. He received a PhD in medieval history from the University of Cambridge in 2012 and an MDiv in comparative theology and Christian-Islamic relations from Harvard in 2007. Prior to joining Brown, he taught at Johns Hopkins, McDaniel College, the School for Oriental and African Studies, and the University of Cambridge. He teaches courses on Islamic Poltical Thought, Islamic and Christian History, Christian-Muslim Relations in the Middle Ages, and the Mongol Empire. Watson's historical research focuses on questions of political and religious authority, ideology, and the adaptation strategies employed by minority faiths. He focuses on the travel narratives, chronicles, hagiographies, and intellectual histories contextualizing medieval European engagement with the Middle East, Persia, and Central Asia. This work encompasses the experience of the Crusades, the Syriac – or Nestorian – Church of the East, and the Mongol Empire. He has published in several journals and books, co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Medieval History (37:1, 2011), and is on the Advisory Board for the Syriac Reference Portal. He is currently converting his dissertation into a book entitled Between Pope and Ilkhan: the struggle to negotiate political and religious authority by the Church of the East in medieval Persia.