WSIP Scholar Profiles

Virginia H. Aksan, Professor, McMaster University (PhD, University of Toronto, 1991), specializes in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Ottoman history, and teaches courses in Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean history. Her research interests include trans-imperial intellectual encounters, the circulation of knowledge, and cultures of the pre-modern Mediterranean and Eurasia. Her research focus has been comparative war & society, Ottoman, Austrian & Russian, 18th-mid-19th centuries. This includes the problem of empires and manpower and provisioning, the study of frontiers, the exchange of ideas and technology, and the role of intermediaries, eastern and western, in the discussion and perception of Ottoman governance and reform.

Selected Publications:

  • Aksan, Virginia. “Locating the Ottomans Among early Modern Empires,” Journal of Early Modern History 3 (1999), 21-39.
  • Aksan, Virginia. “Ottoman Ethnographies of Warfare, 1500-1800,” chap. 6 in Wayne E. Lee, ed. Empires and Indigenes: Intercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion, and Warfare in the Early Modern World (New York: NYU Press, 2011), 141-63.

Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge received her B.A. from Tufts University in English and Classical Studies and a Ph.D. in English from Boston College. Her current work examines the cultural and material exchanges between Britain and the non-Anglophone Americas, an area that opens new critical configurations for Romanticists. Her book, Reimagining the Transatlantic, 1780-1890 (2011), analyzes the discourses that encoded political and material relations linking Britain, the Americas, and Africa, and in the nineeteenth century. She is also the editor of Romanticism and the Anglo-Hispanic Imaginary (2010), a collection that assesses Britain’s engagements with Spain and the Hispanophone Americas. Her other research and teaching interests include Romanticism’s connections to the poetics of transnationalism; abolition and gender; literary and virtual representations of piracy and mutiny; and Latino Literature.

Selected Publication:

  • Almeida-Beveridge, Joselyn. Reimagining the Transatlantic, 1780-1890. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, c2011.

Sahar Amer (Ph.D, Yale University) is Professor of Asian Studies and Adjunct Professor of French and Global Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on cross-cultural encounters, gender and alternative sexualities, contemporary Arabs and Muslims in the diasporas (Europe and the USA) and postcolonial identities. She has published Esope au féminin: Marie de France et la politique de l’interculturalité (Rodopi, 1999), and Crossing Borders: Love between Women in Medieval French and Arabic Literatures (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), which was awarded the 2009 Aldo & Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies by the MLA. She is currently completing a book entitled What Is Veiling? forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press. She has co-edited three volumes (Yale French Studies, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and New Francographies) as well as one art catalogue. She is recipient of several national awards, including a National Humanities Center Fellowship and a Fulbright.

Selected Publications:

  • Amer, Sahar. “Medieval Arab Lesbians and ‘Lesbians-Like’.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 18.2 (May 2009): 215-236.
  • Amer, Sahar. “Lesbian Sex and the Military: From the Medieval Arabic Tradition to French Literature.” Same-Sex Love and Desire Among Women in the Middle Ages. Eds. Francesca Canadé Sautman and Pamela Sheingorn. New York: Palgrave, 2001. 179-198.

Joye Bowman is Professor in and Chair of the History Department at UMASS Amherst, and co-convener of the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project (WSIP). Her early work focused on the Senegambia in the nineteenth century, especially the region that Portuguese claimed. More recently, her research has focused on Americans in South Africa during the early twentieth century. She is interested in pedagogical issues. Two of her publications, “Maryse Condé’s Segu,” in African Novels in the Classroom and “Reconstructing the African Past Using the British Parliamentary Papers: The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879,” in History in Africa, focus on pedagogy. She has worked throughout her career with K-12 teachers and recently led a Fulbright-Hays Study Tour with ten public school teachers to South Africa. Her publications include articles on Guinea-Bissau, which have appeared in the Journal of African History, Current Bibliography of African Affairs, and the Revista Internacional de Estudos Africanos and Ominous Transition: Commerce and Colonial Expansion in the Senegambia and Guinea, 1857-1919.

Selected Publications:

  • Bowman, Joye. Ominous Transition: Commerce and Colonial Expansion in the Senegambia and Guinea, 1857-1919. Aldershot, England: Avebury, 1997.
  • Bowman, Joye. “‘Legitimate Commerce’ and Peanut Production in Portuguese Guinea, 1840s-1880s.” The Journal of African History. 28.1 (1987): 87-106.

Christopher Chase-Dunn is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Rise and Demise: Comparing World-Systems (with Thomas D. Hall), The Wintu and Their Neighbors (with Kelly Mann) and The Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism (with Terry Boswell). He is the founder and former editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research. Chase-Dunn is currently doing research on global party formation and antisystemic social movements. He also studies the rise and fall of settlements and polities since the Stone Age and global state formation.

Selected Publications:

  • Chase-Dunn, Christopher. “Empire Upsweeps: Semiperipheral Development in the Mediterranean World.” Institute for Research on World-Systems, University of California-Riverside. http://irows.ucr.edu/papers/irows59/irows59.htm
  • Chase-Dunn, Christopher. “Continuities and Transformations in the Evolution of World- Systems: Terminal Crisis or New Systemic Cycle of Accumulation?” Institute for Research on World-Systems, University of California-Riverside. http://irows.ucr.edu/papers/irows70/irows70.htm

Frederick Cooper is Professor of History at New York University and a specialist in the history of Africa, of colonization and decolonization, and of empires more generally. He previously taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan and has been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sociales and the École Normale Supérieure. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other institutions, and he has been a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Bellagio Study Center, the Institut d’Etudes Avancés de Nantes, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He is currently writing about citizenship in France and French Africa between 1945 and 1960.

Selected Publications:

  • Cooper, Frederick. Decolonization and African Society: The Labor Question in French and British Africa. New York: Cambridge, 1996.
  • Cooper, Frederick. Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present. New York: Cambridge, 2002.
  • Cooper, Frederick. Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History. Berkeley: U of CA Press, 2005.
  • Cooper, Frederick. (with Jane Burbank) Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2010.
  • Cooper, Frederick. (co-editor with Ann Stoler), Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World. Berkeley: U of CA Press, 1997.

Jane Hwang Degenhardt is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches courses on English Renaissance literature and culture. She is the author of Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage (2010) and the co-editor of Religion and Drama in Early Modern England (2011). She is currently working on a study of “fortune” in early modern drama, which considers how England’s nascent engagement in imperial exploration placed new pressures on the cultural authority of religious belief and gave rise to a new faith in the secular forces of chance, hap, and luck.

Selected Publication:

  • Degenhardt, Jane Hwang. Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2010

Laura Doyle is Professor of English at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, co-convener of the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project (WSIP) and of the Five College Atlantic/Global Studies Faculty Seminar. Her research focuses on intercultural formations of literary history, with attention to material, political and bodily dialectics; and she has strong interests in existential and political phenomenology. Her books include Freedom’s Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940 (2008); Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture (1994); and the edited collections Bodies of Resistance: New Phenomenologies of Politics, Agency, and Culture (2001) and Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity (2004), the latter with Laura Winkiel. Doyle has been the recipient of two ACLS Fellowships, a Leverhulme Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship for Intercultural Studies, and the Perkins prize for Bordering on the Body.

Selected Publications:

Barbara Fuchs is Professor of Spanish and English at UCLA, where she also directs the Center for 17th- and 18th- Century Studies and the Clark Memorial Library. She specializes in literature and empire in the early modern period, in both transatlantic and Mediterranean contexts. Her books include Mimesis and Empire: The New World, Islam, and the Construction of European Identities (CUP 2001), Passing for Spain: Cervantes and the Fictions of Identity (Illinois 2003), Romance (Routledge New Critical Idiom, 2004), and Exotic Nation: Maurophilia and the Construction of Early Modern Spain (Penn 2009). She is one of the editors of the Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012). Her most recent book, The Poetics of Piracy: Emulating Spain in English Literature, is forthcoming from Penn Press.

Selected Publications:

  • Fuchs, Barbara. Mimesis and Empire: The New World, Islam, and European Identities. New York: Cambridge, 2001.
  • Fuchs, Barbara. Exotic Nation: Maurophilia and the Construction of Early Modern Spain. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2009.
  • Fuchs, Barbara. “Imperium Studies.” Postcolonial Moves: Medieval Through Modern. Eds. Michelle R. Warren and Patricia Clare Ingham. New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Sergey Glebov teaches Russian and Eurasian history at Smith and Amherst Colleges. He received his MA from St Petersburg State University and the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and his PhD from Rutgers. His work focuses on various aspects of Russian imperial history. His first research project focused on the ideology of Eurasianism, early 20th century attempt by Russian intellectuals to endow the space of the former Russian empire with geographical and cultural unity. Glebov is currently working on the biography of Innokentii Veniaminov, Russian missionary in Alaska who played an important role in the imperial expansion in the Far East and ultimately became the Metropolitan of Moscow. He is also working on the history of the production of knowledge about human diversity in Siberia. Since 2000, Glebov is a founding editor of Ab Imperio: Studies in New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space.

Selected Publications:

  • Glebov, Sergey. “The Mongol-Bolshevik Revolution: Eurasianist Ideology in Search of Ideal Past,” in Journal of Eurasian Studies, (3-2010).
  • Glebov, Sergey. “Debating the Concepts of Evolutionist Social Theory: A Response to David Sneath,” in Ab Imperio 4-2009, pp. 158 – 163.
  • Glebov, Sergey. “Siberian Middle Ground: Languages of Rule and Accommodation on Siberian Frontier,” in I. Gerasimov et al (eds.) Empire Speaks Out: Languages of Rationalization and Self-Description in the Russian Empire (Brill: Leiden, 2009), pp. 121-151.

Holly E. Hanson is Chair of the Department of History at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Landed Obligation: the Practice of Power in Buganda and A Path of Justice: Building Communities with the Power to Shape the World. Her recent publications include “Indigenous Adaptation: Uganda’s Village Schools, ca. 1880–1937” in Comparative Education Review and “Mapping Conflict: Heterarchy and Accountability in the Ancient Capital of Buganda” in the Journal of African History. She received her PhD from the University of Florida in 1997.

Hanson’s paper emerges from an effort to create a narrative of global inequality useful for both U.S. students and participants in the rural development initiatives of FUNDAEC (in English, the Foundation for the Application and Teaching of the Sciences) in Cali, Colombia. Twelve years ago she began working with FUNDAEC’s University Center for Rural Well-being on ways to enable students in both institutions to recognize not only how the rich and poor parts of the world had created each other, but also, how more effective social action might result from that awareness. Hanson’s course “The History of Global Inequality,” was one result.

Selected Publications:

  • Hanson, Holly E. Landed Obligation: the Practice of Power in Buganda. Heinemann, 2003.
  • Hanson, Hollly E. A Path of Justice: Building Communities with the Power to Shape the World. Grace Publications.
  • Hanson, Holly E. “Indigenous Adaptation: Uganda’s Village Schools, ca. 1880–1937.” Comparative Education Review 54.2 (2010).
  • Hanson, Holly E. “Mapping Conflict: Heterarchy and Accountability in the Ancient Capital of Buganda.” Journal of African History 50.2 (2009).

John Higginson teaches in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts. He is also a Research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences and the Department of History at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. His publications include A Working Class in the Making: Belgian Colonial Labor Policy, Private Enterprise and the African Mineworker, 1907-1951 (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989). He has also written a number of articles and book chapters on South Africa and the regional economic history of southern Africa. He has recently completed a manuscript on the rural bases of support for various protofascist and verkrampte or conservative strains of Afrikaner nationalism entitled “Winning the Peace, Claiming the Future for the Past: Collective Violence and the Agrarian Origins of Apartheid, 1900-1949.”

Selected Publications:

  • Higginson, John. “A World Briefly Upended: An Examination of Jeremy Krikler’s White Rising: The 1922 Insurrection and Racial Killing in South Africa.” The Journal of the Historical Society 7.1 (2007).
  • Higginson, John. “Privileging the Machines: American Engineers, Indentured Chinese and White Workers in South Africa’s Deep-Level Gold Mines, 1902-1907.” International Review of Social History 52 (2007).

Maghan Keita is Professor of History, Director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Chair of the Unit on Critical Language and Cultural Studies at Villanova University. Keita holds a doctorate from Howard University in African Studies. His current intellectual focii include Africa and its diasporas in the periods preceding 1700. Keita’s works include Race and the Writing of History (2000) and “Africans in Europe prior to the Atlantic Slave Trade,” in the Blackwell’s Companion to African American History (2005).

Selected Publications:

  • Keita, Maghan. “Africans in Europe prior to the Atlantic Slave Trade,” in the Blackwell’s Companion to African American History. (2005)
  • Keita, Maghan. Race and the Writing of History. New York : Oxford University Press, 2000

Ruth A.H. Lahti is a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation, entitled “Transnational Choreography: Rethinking the Boundaries of American War Fiction,” remaps the ethics of American war writing through a focus on characters’ bodily gestures as they elaborate the transnational dimensions of war. Her research interests include American war fiction, transnational fiction and theory, feminist theories of embodiment, and trauma theory. She teaches classes at UMass Amherst on twentieth-century American literature and culture, the modern novel, and gender and sexuality in global literature. She has articles under review on Tim O’Brien and Nadine Gordimer, and is currently working on an interview with the Vietnam veteran and short story author Susan O’Neill.

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Lydia H. Liu is W. T. Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She teaches in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society. She also directs the Center for Translingual and Transculture Studies at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Her work has focused on cross-cultural exchange in recent history; the movement of words, theories, and artifacts across national boundaries; and the evolution of writing and technology. She is the author of The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making (2004) and “Robinson Crusoe’s Earthenware Pot” (Critical Inquiry, 1999). Among other works, she is the editor of Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulations (1999) and the author of a recent book entitled The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious (2010).

Selected Publication:

  • Liu, Lydia H. The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.

Luís Madureira earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at San Diego, and his major areas of specialization include Luso-Brazilian colonial and postcolonial studies, as well as Modernism and Modernity in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. He has written two books, Imaginary Geographies in Portuguese and Lusophone-African Literature: Narratives of Discovery and Empire (2007), which studies figurations of empire, nation and revolution in Portuguese and Lusophone African literatures, and Cannibal Modernities (2005), a reexamination of the Brazilian and Caribbean avant-gardes from a postcolonial perspective. He has published several articles on topics ranging from Luso-Brazilian literature and cinema to early modern travel narratives and postcolonial theory. His current research focuses on Mozambican theatre and the politics of time in contemporary Lusophone fiction.

Selected Publication:

  • Madureira, Luis. Imaginary Geographies in Portuguese and Lusophone-African Literature: Narratives of Discovery and Empire Lewiston [N.Y.] : E. Mellen Press, 2006.

Johan Mathew is a historian of the modern Indian Ocean with a specific interest in the economic and material cultures of the Arabian Sea. He is currently an assistant professor of history and economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He completed his PhD in history from Harvard University in 2012. His dissertation is entitled “Margins of the Market: Trafficking and the Framing of Free Trade in the Arabian Sea, 1873-1966,” and it explores how capitalism in the Arabian Sea was framed through the intricate interplay of smuggling and regulation. He is interested in using the methods of cultural and spatial history to investigate economic concepts, and how economics structures everyday practices of exchange.

Selected Publication:

David Mednicoff is Director of the Accelerated MPP Program at the Center for Public Policy and Administration at UMass Amherst. He holds a B.A. from Princeton, and M.A., J.D., and Ph.D. (Political Science) degrees from Harvard. His research treats the interdisciplinary connections between legal and political ideas and institutions at the national and transnational levels, particularly as these relate to current policy issues in the Middle East. He is completing a book on the politics of the rule of law, democratization and US foreign policy in five Arab societies. Mednicoff has presented his work at the Carnegie Endowment, the US State Department, the Saudi Institute of Diplomatic Studies, and Cambridge, Georgetown (Qatar), Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities, among other places. Prof. Mednicoff’s teaching honors include a Lilly Teaching Fellowship, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, and a national prize for innovative teaching related to 9/11/01. Prof. Mednicoff has been a Fulbright Professor in Law in Qatar and a Research Fellow in the Dubai Initiative of the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Selected Publications:

  • Mednicoff, David. “The Legal Regulation of Migrant Workers, Politics and Identity in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.” Migrant Labor in the Persian Gulf. Eds. Mehran Kamrava and Zahra Babar. New York: Columbia/Hurst, 2012.
  • Mednicoff, David. “National Security and the Legal Status of Migrant Workers: Dispatches from the Arab Gulf.” Western New England Law Review (September 2011).
  • Mednicoff, David. “The Wrong Friends.” Boston Globe. (January 2011)

Alan Mikhail is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University. He is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt whose research and teaching focus mostly on the nature of early modern imperial rule, peasant histories, environmental resource management, and science and medicine. His first book Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011) won the Roger Owen Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association and Yale University’s Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. He is currently writing a book about the changing relationships between humans and animals in Ottoman Egypt and completing an edited volume on the environmental history of the Middle East, which will be published by Oxford University Press in November 2012. His website is www.alanmikhail.org.

Selected Publication:

  • Mikhail, Alan. Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Jason Moralee (Ph.D. UCLA, 2002) A historian of Rome and Late Antiquity, Moralee’s first book, For Salvation’s Sake: Provincial Loyalty, Personal Religion, and Epigraphic Production in the Roman and Late Antique Near East in 2004, looks at the domestication of Roman authority in the provinces of Palestine, Arabia, Phoenicia, and Syria. He has also published on the next-use of inscriptions and religious architecture, racial hybridity, and the racialization of linguistic difference. Current interests: a book-length study on the postclassical history of the Campidoglio in Rome, provisionally titled Rome’s Holy Mountain: The Fall of the Capitoline Hill in the Dark Ages.
Selected Publications:

  • Moralee, Jason. “A Hill of Many Names: The Capitoline Hill From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages” forthcoming in Acta ad archeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia.
  • Moralee, Jason. “Petra and the Saracens: New Evidence from a Recently Discovered Epigram,” in Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World, ed. R. Mathisen and D. Shanzer (Ashgate, 2010), 233-240.
  • Moralee, Jason. “Maximinus Thrax and the Politics of Race in Late Antiquity,” Greece & Rome 55 (2008): 55-82

Karen Y. Morrison, “Kym,” is an assistant professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. Her research explores the interactions between global and local racial-formation processes, especially as they were manifested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Cuba. She sees particular value in examining the impact of regional African collective identities on popular meanings of race in the Atlantic world. She has published in Cuban Studies/ Estudios Cubanos, the Journal of Social History, Abolition & Slavery, the Encyclopedia of the Modern World, and in the recent anthology, Africans to Spanish America. Her book-length manuscript, A Crucible of Race: Family Formation and the Creation of Cuban Social Identities is currently under review.

Selected Publication:

  • Morrison, Karen Y. “Creating an Alternative Kinship: Slavery, Freedom, and Nineteenth- Century Afro-Cuban Hijos Naturales.” Journal of Social History, 41, no. 1 (2007): 55-80.

Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and co-convener of the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project (WSIP). Previously he was Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of Africana Studies at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Ten Millionaires and Ten Million Beggars: a study of inequality and development in Kenya and co-author of An Employment Targeted Plan for Kenya as well as several articles and chapters. His research interests are Political Economy, Development, and Environment with particular attention to issues of class, gender, and income distribution in relation to transition and nationhood in Africa.

Selected Publications:

  • “Reform and political impunity in Kenya: Transparency without Accountability” (with Frank Holmquist) African Studies Review, Vol. 55 Issue #1 April 2012 pp. 53-74
  • “The Default Politics of Ethnicity in Kenya” (with Frank Holmquist) Brown Journal of World Affairs Fall/Winter 2009, volume xvi, issue I, pp.101-117
  • “Excavating for Economics in Africana Studies” (With Patrick Mason) Journal of Black Studies, May 2008; vol. 38: pp. 731 – 757

Richard Payne‘s research focuses on the social and cultural history of the Iranian world in Late Antiquity (between 226-750 CE). The Iranian Empire united culturally and geographically fragmented regions from Iraq to Afghanistan, and Payne’s current book project – Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and the Iranian Empire in Late Antiquity -examines how avowedly Zoroastrian rulers managed the religious diversity of their territories and the ways in which Christian inhabitants of the empire participated in a political culture not of their own making.

Before arriving at Mount Holyoke, Payne taught at the University of Cambridge in England and the University of Konstanz in Germany. He has also collaborated with the Institute for Medieval Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and is co-editing together with Walter Pohl and Clemens Gantner a volume on ethnic, religious, and political identities in early medieval societies- Visions of Community: Ethnicity, Religion, and Power in the Early Medieval West, Byzantium, and the Islamic World. He remains a research fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

Selected Publication:

Bruce Robbins is Old Dominion Foundation Professor of the Humanities in the department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His books include Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence (Duke, 2012), Upward Mobility and the Common Good (Princeton 2007), Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress (1999), The Servant’s Hand: English Fiction from Below (1986), and Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture (1993). He has edited Intellectuals: Aesthetics, Politics, Academics (1990) and The Phantom Public Sphere (1993) and co-edited Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling beyond the Nation (1998) and (with David Palumbo-Liu and Nirvana Tanoukhi) Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World (Duke UP, 2011). He was co-editor of the journal Social Text from 1991 to 2000.

Selected Publications:

  • Robbins, Bruce. Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence (Duke, 2012)
  • Robbins, Bruce. “The Uses of World Literature.” The Routledge Companion to World Literature. Ed. David Damrosch, Theo d’Haen, and Djelal Kadir. London: Routledge, 2011. 383- 392.
  • Robbins, Bruce. “Enchantment? No, Thank You.” The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays For How We Live Now. Ed. George Levine. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011. 74-94.

Tansen Sen is Associate Professor of Asian history and religions at Baruch College, The City University of New York. He is the author of Buddhism, Diplomacy, and Trade: The Realignment of Sino-Indian Relations, 600-1400 (University of Hawai’i Press, 2003) and co-author (with Victor H. Mair) of Traditional China in Asian and World History (Association for Asian Studies, 2012). He has edited Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Cultural and Intellectual Exchange (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, forthcoming) and guest-edited special issues of the journal China Report (“Kolkata and China,” December 2007; and “Studies on India-China Interactions Dedicated to Ji Xianlin,” forthcoming). He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “India, China, and the World: Networks of Exchange and Interactions.”

Selected Publications:

  • Sen, Tansen. Buddhism, Diplomacy, and Trade: The Realignment of Sino-Indian Relations, 600- 1400 (University of Hawai’i Press, 2003)
  • Sen, Tansen. Traditional China in Asian and World History (Association for Asian Studies, 2012).

Maya Shatzmiller is Professor in the History Department at Western University, Canada, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Shatzmiller is the author of 7 books and numerous articles, among them Her Day in Court: Women’s Property Rights and Islamic Law in Fifteenth Century Granada (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 2007) and Labour in the Medieval Islamic World (E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1994). She is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals and former fellow of the Institute for Advanced study, Davis Center, Annenberg Research Institute. She has delivered keynote address at the universities of Cambridge, Barcelona, Maryland and Morocco. Her current research projects focus on the economic history of medieval Islamic societies, including an online statistical database Measuring the Medieval Islamic Economy http://www.medievalislamiceconomy.uwo.ca/

Selected Publication:

  • Shatzmiller, Maya. Labour in the Medieval Islamic World. (E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1994)

Michael Sugerman is an archaeological anthropologist who studies inter-cultural contact, exchange, and power relations in ancient complex societies. Throughout his career he has investigated Bronze and Iron Age economic structures in the Near East and the eastern Mediterranean using stylistic, elemental, and microstructural studies of plain ceramics and other non-elite “ordinary” goods. Over the course of the past twenty-five years, he has carried out field research in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, and Greece. He is currently writing up the results from the excavations at Idalion, Cyprus, for final publication. As that project winds down, he has begun excavations (with Ann Killebrew of Penn State) at the site of Akko, Israel, a port city with a 5000 year history of settlement.

Selected Publications:

  • Sugerman, Michael. “Trade and Power in Late Bronze Age Canaan.” Exploring the Longue Durée: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager. Ed. D. Schloen. Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2009. 439-448.
  • Sugerman, Michael. “Matters of state? Contextual Derivations of Cultural Complexity.” Crossing Borders: Proceedings of the 7th, 8th, and 9th International Workshops in Athens. Ed. C. Gillis and B. Sjöberg. Jonsered: Paul Åströms Forlag, 2008. 21-33.

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