Visiting and Affiliated Faculty

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).

Nicole Burrowes is a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at Brown University in the fields of Caribbean and Latin American history and African Diaspora Studies. Her research and teaching interests include social movements, transnationalism, intersectionality, and the politics of solidarity. Her book manuscript, "Seeds of Solidarity: African/Indian Relations and the 1935 Labor Rebellions in British Guiana," examines a series of strikes by African and Indian plantation workers in the context of the rebellions that shook the Caribbean in the 1930s. Her work challenges the widely-held assumption that racial conflict in Guyana is inevitable and highlights the very different diasporic projects led by African and Indian communities. In 2015 she earned her PhD in history from the CUNY Graduate Center. Prior to completing  her doctorate, Nicole was awarded a dissertation fellowhip in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia and a pre-doctoral fellowship in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. For several years, she has worked extensively to develop a pipeline of under-represented students to pursue graduate study through her work with the Schomburg Mellon Humanities Summer Institute in Harlem. She currently serves as Assistant Director for the program. Outside of academia, Nicole draws on an extensive portfolio of experience in community organizing and documentary film.

Daniel Burton-Rose is a Visiting Lecturer in the spring of 2016. His scholarship focuses on elite religiosity in late imperial China. A doctoral candidate in the East Asian Studies Department at Princeton University, his dissertation is titled “Terrestrial Reward as Divine Recompense: The Self-Fashioned Piety of the Peng Lineage of Suzhou, 1650s-1870s.” His publications include “A Prolific Spirit: Peng Dingqiu’s Posthumous Career on the Spirit Altar, 1720-1906,” in the journal Daoism: Religion, History and Society (2015), and “Gendered Androgyny: Transcendent Ideals and Profane Realities in Buddhism, Classicism, and Daoism,” in Howard Chiang ed., Transgender China (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012). His work has received the support of the Blakemore Freeman Foundation and the Fulbright Program.

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, sports, and feminism.  Her research focuses on the intersection of popular culture and political rights, especially with respect to gender.  She has published an article on how the feminine press helped limit the potency of voting rights, as well as one on the interplay of beauty and political conformity in postwar France.  She is working on a book manuscript about the creation of gender conformity in the wake of the Second World War in France; she has also started work on a cultural history of French grandeur in the postwar era.

Jonathan Gentry, Visiting Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in History from Brown University.  His scholarship probes broad questions about culture, public health, and the structural impact of liberal and neoliberal policies.  He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Unsound Politics: Music, Race, and the Crisis of German Liberalism” that demonstrates the links between political exclusion on the basis of social hygiene and the repression of “dangerous” music.  He has contributed to the music section of Oxford Online Bibliographies and recently finished the article “The Case of Salome: Imperial Biopolitics and the Repression of Modernist Music.”  Jonathan has previously taught at Portland State University and Rhode Island School of Design.  His courses emphasize the intersection of culture, theory and politics.     

Jack P. Greene, Adjunct Professor and JCBL Researcher-in-Residence, to 2017.

Pelin Kadercan is a historian of modern Europe and the Middle East with an interest in the histories of the relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims, displacement, war, nation state formation, music, and visual arts. Her current book project The Reconstruction of music, arts and humanities in exile: German-speaking émigrés in Turkey after 1933 sheds light on the transnational encounters in music, visual arts, and literature between Germany and Turkey and explores how the cross-territorial forces in the form of ideas and a real dialogue between multiple actors conditioned the nation-building processes as a dynamic space of decision-making in both countries. She is currently revising an essay manuscript that questions our tendency to globally assign exiles to the modernist camp and explores the stories of German émigrés in Turkey as evidence of the exiles’ complex confrontation with the new identity imposed upon them. These encounters give us insights not only about the meeting of East and West but also lead us to understand modernity in a non-Western context.

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 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).

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.

John Rosenberg, Visiting Assistant Professor 2015-2016, received his Ph.D. from Brown in the history of the U.S. and the World in May of 2015. His research explores the intersection between domestic politics and foreign relations during the 20th century. He has published in the journals Diplomatic History and Gender & History, and contributed a chapter to a forthcoming edited volume on public diplomacy in the 1970s. He teaches courses on the history of the U.S. and the World, and on American history from the nineteenth through the twentieth century. He is currently revising his dissertation, a history of the resurgence of American militarism after the Vietnam War, for publication.

Adam J. Sacks, most recently a Doctoral Fellow in Advanced Shoah Studies with the Claims Conference for Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. He submitted and completed his dissertation "Musical Healing: Dr. Kurt Singer, The Doctors Choir of Berlin, (1913-1938) Crisis Response and the Origins of the Medical Humanities" in December of 2015. Long concerned with cultural responses to catastrophe and the history of healing in Modern European History, he has engaged issues of trauma and the link between aesthetics and behavior in cultural representation and production. Publications on these themes have appeared in New German Critique, the Association for Jewish Studies Journal, as well as other scholarly venues.

Elizabeth Searcy, Visiting Assistant Professor, received her PhD from Brown in May 2015. Her work lies at the intersection of cultural history and the history of science in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. Her work has been published in the Journal of Social History, and she is currently working on her book manuscript, The Subconscious Mind in America, 1880-1917. She teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history, cultural and intellectual history, and the history of science.