Emma Amador is a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown. She is on leave from her position as an Assistant Professor of History and Latino/a, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She received a PhD in History from the University of Michigan, an MA from UConn, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Amador is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the history of welfare, territorial social citizenship, and welfare rights in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora. This project examines how the U.S. welfare state became a site where Puerto Ricans have
struggled for social justice, labor reform, and decolonization. Her research and teaching interests include the history of Latino/as in the United States and gender history, as well as Caribbean and Latin American history. Last spring she developed a new course in the History Department, “Wise Latinas: Women, Gender, and Biography in Latinx History,” that examines the lives, labors, and politics of Latinas in the U.S. from the 19 th century to the present through the study of biography, life history, oral history, and testimonio. This course will be offered again in Spring 2019 and is cross-listed with Ethnic Studies and Latin American Studies.
Palmira Brummett, Visiting Professor 2011-19, 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.
Kelly Ricciardi Colvin, Visiting Assistant Professor, studies the history of modern Europe, with a particular focus on culture, politics, and women and gender. She earned her PhD from Brown University, and has taught courses on subjects including modern France, modern Europe, fashion, food, and feminism. Her research focuses on the intersection of popular culture and political rights, especially with respect to gender. Her first book, Engendering Frenchness, was published in September 2017 by Bloomsbury Press. It focuses on the simultaneous enfranchisement and cultural disempowerment of women after the Second World War. In addition, she has published articles on beauty culture, the feminine press, and voting in postwar France. Her current project focuses on gender and French cultural grandeur in the midst of decolonization.
Jack P. Greene, Adjunct Professor and JCBL Researcher-in-Residence, to 2017.
Wanda S. Henry earned her PhD under the supervision of Professor Harold Cook in Brown’s history department in December 2016. While at Brown, she has received the Archambault Teaching Award from the School of Professional Studies, the Brown-Wheaton Faculty Fellowship, and the Peter Green Fellowship for Graduate Study in the History Department. Her research explores the history of the women who examined dead bodies in England from the late medieval period to the mid-nineteenth century. Her graduate fields of study at Brown included medieval European history, early modern British history, and the history of science. She has published an article in the Journal for the Social History of Medicine and presented papers at several conferences, most recently at a history of medicine conference at the University of Exeter, UK. Professor Henry taught history for two semesters at Wheaton College and during spring 2017 for Brown’s History Department. Before turning to the study of history, Professor Henry held the Helen Childs Boyden Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Deerfield Academy where she taught mathematics and served as department chair and assistant dean of faculty. She also briefly taught mathematics at Mt. Holyoke College.
Rachel Knecht, Deans’ Faculty Fellow 2017-18, will complete her PhD in the fall and join the department as a Visiting Assistant Professor for Spring 2018. Her research focuses on the intersections of science, business, and culture in the United States, especially as they involve ideas about mathematics. Her current project asks how mathematics evolved as an economic skill in nineteenth-century America, and how economic changes affected perceptions of mathematics as a form of knowledge. She is also interested in the social and cultural policing of calculative skill, particularly around gendered ideas about economic independence. These ideas will inform her spring course, a gendered history of American capitalism since the eighteenth century. This year Rachel will continue advising undergraduate students through the Dean of Fellowships office, and will sit on the history department’s Committee on Career Diversity.
Joseph Meisel, Deputy Provost and Adjunct Associate 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).
Michele Mericle, Adjunct Professor, studies the history of colonial Latin America, with an emphasis on gender, religion, and culture. She earned her doctorate in history from Brown University in 2015, and has taught courses on subjects including colonial and modern Mexico, various forms of exchange and transformation in the Atlantic world, and the religious experience in the Americas. She has a book chapter in press on the matrilineal transmission of crypto-Jewish traditions and is currently working on a book manuscript about the religious, familial, and cultural authority of crypto-Jewish women in 17th-century Mexico City.
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).
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.
Brandon Schechter is the Elihu Rose Scholar in Modern Military History at New York University. Since earning his Ph.D. in History at the University of California Berkeley in 2015, he has been a writer in residence at the NYU Jordan Center and a postdoctoral fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Prior to finishing his Ph.D. he studied at Smolny College, European University in St. Petersburg, Kazan Federal University, The Higher School of Economics (with support from Fulbright IIE), and received a B.A. in Russian Studies from Vassar College (2005). He is currently finishing a book manuscript, Government Issue: The Material Culture of the Red Army 1941-1945 (under contract with Cornell University Press), which tells the story of the Great Patriotic War through objects from spoons to tanks. Dr. Schechter is on the editorial board of The Journal of Power Institutions of Post-Soviet Societies and has published articles on property, women, and nationality politics during the Second World War. His research interests focus on material culture, violence, and the diversity of individual experiences based on gender, class, and nationality.