Charles Carroll , Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Director of the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, is a historian of medieval France with specific interests in gender and sexuality as well as the history of higher education. He typically teaches courses on the history of Paris, the devil in premodern Christianity, and the Crusades. His current research project combines the histories of rhetoric, education, the body, and masculinities to consider how gendered discourses shaped the institutional identity of the Paris schools in the 12th and 13th centuries. In addition to his work as a historian, he is a scholar of higher education pedagogies, with interests in the pedagogy of writing, anti-racist teaching, and self-deterministic pedagogies. His current pedagogical research is on the use of authentic writing assignments and the use of writing as a mode of experiential learning. He earned his PhD in history from Brown University in 2019.
Jane Lancaster specializes in American women's and Black history, often but not always with a particular reference to Rhode Island. Her first degree was from Birmingham University in the UK, and she has master's and doctoral degrees in history from Brown. She has published widely in Rhode Island History and authored four books, including Making Time, a prize-winning biography of Lillian Moller Gilbreth (Brown PhD 1915), engineer and mother of twelve who was described, if not always accurately, in Cheaper by the Dozen, and a social history of the Providence Athenaeum, Inquire Within. She also published an annotated edition of Emily Post's only travel book, By Motor to the Golden Gate and co-authored a study of the Providence Marine Corps of Artillery. She has taught at Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design, and prior to earning her doctorate she taught at the Lincoln School, Providence where her students won national prizes. She was the Rhode Island winner of a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship from the US Department of Education where her project was to write a women's history curriculum for middle and high schools. She sees herself as a public historian and has done many dozens of presentations to local groups, as well as numerous radio and TV appearances and podcasts. Most recently she was featured in a prize-winning documentary about the problems of scientific management. Her current work involves an investigation of the fate of some of the Black Loyalists who left the United States (and specifically Rhode Island) at the end of the Revolutionary War and tracing them to Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone. She spoke about this project on local radio in June.
Joseph Meisel, Joukowsky Family University Librarian 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 , Visiting Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor, is a student of Colonial and Modern Latin America. She specializes in the social and cultural history of Mexico, especially as it pertains to religion and daily life. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American History from Brown University (2015), and she has taught at the University of Connecticut, College of the Holy Cross, and at Brown University. Her recent publications include "Las Casas de las Rabinas: Three Generations of Women in a Crypto-Jewish Family in Seventeenth-Century New Spain," in Crossings and Encounters: Race, Gender, and Sexualities in the Atlantic (University of South Carolina Press, 2020). Her current project is a reappraisal of the Mexican colonial-era book, Imagen de la Virgen María, by Miguel Sánchez.
Rebecca More, Visiting Scholar, 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).
Cindy Nguyen, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities in the department of History. She earned her Ph.D. in History at University of California, Berkeley (2019). She specializes in the history of Vietnam, Southeast Asia print culture, and libraries. Her book manuscript, "Reading and Misreading: The Social Life of Libraries and Colonial Control in Vietnam, 1865-1958" examines the cultural and political history of libraries in Hanoi and Saigon from the French colonial period through to the decolonization of libraries. She examines the institution of the libraries through the lens of cultural imperialism, national legitimacy, and social practices of public reading. Through her historical study, she reveals how the library reading room became a space of urban sociability, literary cosmopolitanism, and self-directed education. She approaches history through a critical lens of ‘builders and users’ to understand the multifaceted roles of library actors (librarians, readers, technicians, administrators) to shape meanings of libraries, the public, and literacy in 20th century Vietnam. Her research topic and theoretical approach draws from an interdisciplinary training and work experience—as an area studies specialist, multilingual scholar, and digital humanist (information science, libraries, and archives work experience). Her other interests include memory and translation, arts activism, information literacy, and digital humanities. Her teaching fields include Southeast Asia, comparative empires, history of information and classification, memory and diaspora, print culture and history of the book.
Joel Revill, Associate 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.