Speaker Index


  Joan NeubergerJoan Neuberger is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, and editor of Not Even Past. She studies modern Russian culture in social and political context, with a focus on the politics of the arts. Her teaching interests include modern Russia, nineteenth-century Europe, film, and visual culture. She is the author of an eclectic range of publications, including Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St Petersburg, 1900-1914 (California: 1993), Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion (Palgrave: 2003); co-author of Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (Oxford: 2005); and co-editor of Imitations of Life: Melodrama in Russia (Duke: 2001) and Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture (Yale: 2008).
Episodes featuring Joan Neuberger.

Christopher RoseChristopher Rose is Outreach Director in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (part of the Hemispheres consortium) and a doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies the early modern Arab World, focusing on the intersection of colonial power, medicine, and public space in 19th century Cairo. He travels throughout the state of Texas to conduct workshops and professional development training for educators and frequently presents at state and national conferences, and has taken several groups of educators to the Middle East. He is currently President-Elect of the Middle East Outreach Council.
Episodes featuring Christopher Rose.

wiencek_80x90 copyHenry A. Wiencek is a doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, and assistant editor of Not Even Past. He studies the late 19th and early 20th century American South, particularly the economic and ecological impact of oil extraction, transportation and refining.
Episodes featuring Henry A. Wiencek.


Sahar-Aziz_headshot_websizeSahar F. Aziz is Associate Professor of Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of national security and civil rights law with a focus on the post-9/11 era. She also writes on rule of law and democracy in Egypt including gender rights, transparency laws, and election laws. Professor Aziz has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, Russia Today and Al Jazeera America, and in numerous publications. She is also a founding member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association.
Episodes featuring Sahar F. Aziz.

Natalie ArsenaultNatalie Arsenault is Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago. She was Director of Public Engagement at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin between 2001-2013. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. Her academic work focuses on early twentieth-century female Brazilian writers such as Julia Lopes de Almeida. She has served as national chair of the outreach committee of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.
Episodes featuring Natalie Arsenault.

Daina Ramey BerryDaina Ramey Berry is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include 19th century American History, Comparative Slavery, and Southern History, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender, labor, family, and economy among the enslaved. She is currently working on a comprehensive study of enslaved prices in the United States. Berry has also appeared on the NBC show “Who Do You Think You Are?” as an expert assisting film director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee in tracing his family ancestry.
Episodes featuring Daina Ramey Berry.

Aarti Bhalodia is Research Associate in the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a doctorate in South Asian history from UT-Austin. She has carried out research in India and Great Britain. She is interested in changes in Indian kingship during the colonial era and merchant-ruler relations. Her research focuses on how and why Indian rulers adopted reformist policies in response to popular opinion. She is also interested in the social and cultural world of the Indian Ocean and the role of philanthropy in modern education.
Episodes featuring Aarti Bhalodia.

Miriam BodianMiriam Bodian is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She works on the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions; post-Expulsion Sephardic Jewry; and Jews and the Reformation. She is the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award in history, and the first annual Koret Jewish Book Award in history for her book Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam.  She is also the author of Dying in the Law of Moses: Crypto-Jewish Martyrdom in the Iberian World.
Episodes featuring Miriam Bodian.

HW BrandsH.W. Brands is Dickson, Allen, Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes on American history and politics, with books including The Man Who Saved the Union, Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. He lectures frequently on historical and current events and can be seen and heard on national and international television and radio.
Episodes featuring H.W. Brands.

Jorge Cañizares-EsguerraJorge Cañizares-Esguerra is the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Cañizares-Esguerra got his PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He works on early modern Atlantic history, the history of science and colonialism; the history of knowledge; and colonial Spanish and British America. He has also authored several books: How to Write the History of the New World (Stanford 2001); Puritan Conquistadors (Stanford 2006); and Nature, Empire, and Nation (Stanford 2007).
Episodes featuring Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra.

Michelle Daneri is a doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin where she works on Twentieth-Century Native American history. More broadly she focuses on Urban History and Native American and Indigenous studies. She has worked in various public history venues and is interested in Native representation in museums.
Episodes featuring Michelle Daneri.

donnerFred M. Donner is Professor of Near Eastern History and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago where he teaches on early Islamic history, Islamic social history, and aspects of Islamic law. His work for the past two decades has focused on the origins and rise of what he calls the “Believers’ movement,” begun by Muhammad (d. 632 CE), which was a stringently monotheistic and pietistic reform movement that also included righteous Jews and Christians, but had crystallized into a separate movement that can properly be termed “Islam” by about 680. This thesis is explored in his book Muhammad Among the Believers (Harvard University Press, 2010).
Episodes featuring Fred Donner.

Susan DouglassSusan Douglass is a doctoral candidate in world history at George Mason University. She has conducted teacher workshops nationwide for over two decades, and developed the education outreach program for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in 2007. At George Mason University’s Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, she worked on the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures/Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project with the American Library Association, and the British Council/Social Science Research Council Our Shared Past initiative.  She designed and developed the online resource The Indian Ocean in World History.
Episodes featuring Susan Douglass.

cfindleyCarter Vaughn Findley is Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the Ohio State University where he teaches the history of Islamic civilization, with emphasis on the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. He also co-founded Ohio State’s world history program. His newest book, Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity, was published by Yale University Press in 2010. He is also the author of the multiple award-winning The Turks in World HistoryHe is a past president of the World History Association and the Turkish Studies Association.
Episodes featuring Carter Vaughn Findley.

George ForgieGeorge B. Forgie is Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His major teaching fields are U.S. political and cultural history from 1763 to 1877 and the U.S. Constitution. He is now studying northern political writing during the Civil War. He is the author of Patricide in the House Divided: A Psychological Interpretation of Lincoln and his Age.
Episodes featuring George B. Forgie.

Seth GarfieldSeth Garfield is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary specialization is Brazilian history, but he is also interested in broader questions of race and ethnicity in Latin America, indigenous policy, and comparative frontiers. His current research examines rubber tapping in the Brazilian Amazon during World War II and the roots of contemporary popular mobilization in the rainforest.
Episodes featuring Seth Garfield.

garzaThomas J. Garza is University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches courses in Russian language, Russian film and literature, youth culture, Chechnya, and the eastern European origins of the vampire myth.
Episodes featuring Thomas Garza.

guridyFrank A. Guridy is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His recent research has moved into the realm of sport history: a history of race and masculinity in Black Diasporic sporting cultures; and a book-length study of the role of stadiums in U.S. cities also during the 20th century. He is the author of Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and co-editor of Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino/a America (NYU Press, 2010).
Episodes featuring Frank Guridy.

Cacee Hoyer is a doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly a middle and high school educator, her doctoral research focuses on South African Indians in post World War II South Africa, discussing identity and citizenship, the rhetoric of social, economic and cultural rights, and the unique political maneuvering between transnational actors such as the UN, India and South Africa during the emergence of the official policy of apartheid.
Episodes featuring Cacee Hoyer.

Madeline HsuMadeline Y. Hsu is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Center for Asian-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include migration, trans-nationalism, overseas Chinese, and race and citizenship in the United States. She is the author of Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and Southern China, 1882-1943, and is currently working on a second book, tentatively entitled, Strategic Migrations: Immigration Selection and How the Yellow Peril Became a Model Minority, 1872-1966.
Episodes featuring Madeline Hsu.

Chloe IretonChloe Ireton is a doctoral student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Britain, raised in Spain, she holds a BA with First Class Honours from Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London. Her research focuses on early modern Iberian and Atlantic History, with focus on imperial expansion, borderlands and peripheries, and race and identity.
Episodes featuring Chloe Ireton.

Jacqueline JonesJacqueline Jones is the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History, Ideas and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focusses on the social history of the Confederate States of America and the the American South from 1861 to 1941. She has received numerous accolades, including a MacArthur Fellowship (1999-2004); the Bancroft Prize in American History: Taft Prize in Labor History; the Spruill Prize in Southern Women’s History; the Brown Publication Prize in Black Women’s History; and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Her most recent book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America was named one of the 100 best books of 2013 by The New York Times.
Episodes featuring Jacqueline Jones.

kaplan-120x120Carla Kaplan is Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University in Boston. Her research and teaching focuses on American Literature, Modern Literature and Culture, African American Literature and History, Feminist Theory, Women’s Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies. She is the author, most recently, of Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (HarperCollins, 2013), which was supported by a New York Public Library Cullman Center fellowship (2006-2007), a Guggenheim fellowship (2007-2008), and a W. E. B. DuBois Institute Research Fellowship (2007-2008).
Episodes featuring Carla Kaplan.

levackBrian Levack is John E. Green Regents Professor in History and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The winner of several teaching awards, Levack offers a wide variety of courses on early modern British and European history, legal history, and the history of witchcraft. For eight years he served as the chair of his department. His books include The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641: A Political Study (1973), The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707 (1987); The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (3rd edition, 2006), which has been translated into eight languages; and Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion (2008). His newest book is The Devil Within: Possessions and Exorcism in the Christian West.
Episodes featuring Brian Levack.

Miguel A. LevarioMiguel A. Levario is Assistant Professor of History at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Miguel A. Levario specializes in US-Mexico Borderlands, with emphasis on the twentieth century. His research focuses on the transnational context of immigration, militarization, and race in the U.S. West and Northern Mexico. His book, Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012) explains current tensions and controversy over immigration and law enforcement issues centered on the US-Mexico border as only the latest evidence of a long-standing atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust plaguing this region.
Episodes featuring Miguel A Lovario.

Philippa LevinePhilippa Levine holds the Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professorship in the Humanities and is Co-Director of the British Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in the United Kingdom, and came to the U.S. in 1987. She taught at the University of Southern California before joining the UT faculty in 2010. She has also taught in her native Britain and in Australia. Her research and teaching interests include the British Empire; intersections of race and gender; science, medicine and society. She is the editor, most recently, of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, and the author of The British Empire: Sunrise to Sunset.
Episodes featuring Philippa Levine.

Karl Hagstrom MillerKarl Hagstrom Miller is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin where he focuses on cultural history of the United States. He uses popular music to explore the cultural, economic, legal, and intellectual history of the United States. He is particularly interested in how transformations in commercial markets and music technology changed the ways people used music to forge their conceptions of race and region, to imagine their relationship to the wider world, to comprehend the past, and to dream about the future.
Episodes featuring Karl Hagstrom Miller.

Mary NeubergerMary Neuburger is Professor of History, Chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.   focus is on modern eastern Europe with a specialization in southeastern Europe. Her research interests include urban culture, consumption, commodity exchange, gender and nationalism. Her most recent book, Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria (Cornell, 2012) explores the production, exchange, and consumption of tobacco in Bulgaria (and beyond) in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Episodes featuring Mary Neuburger.

Robert OlwellRobert A. Olwell is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests are focused on the eighteenth-century British-Atlantic World and the early American South. Currently, he is writing a book on the British Florida colony, 1763-1783.
Episodes featuring Robert Olwell.

Patrick OlivellePatrick Olivelle is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research focuses on the ancient Indian legal tradition of Dharma??stra. He has edited and translated the four early Dharmas?tras. He has also prepared a critical edition of the Law Code of Manu (M?nava Dharma??stra). A new translation based on the critically edited text was published in Spring 2004 in the Oxford World’s Classics series and the critical edition was published in 2005. In the mid-1990′s Olivelle worked on the late Vedic literature, producing an award-winning translation of the early Upani?ads, as well as a scholar’s edition of them. His early work was focused on the ascetic and monastic traditions of India. He published several editions, translations, and studies of ascetic texts and institutions. His award-winning book on the ??rama system was published in 1993.
Episodes featuring Patrick Olivelle.

jparrottR. Joseph Parrott is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin.  He holds a master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Virginia and is a Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellow at Yale UniversityHis research interests include American politics, U.S. foreign policy and international relations, Cold War Africa, Late Lusophone colonialism, decolonization, and international civil rights.
Episodes featuring Joseph Parrott.

Barbara PetzenBarbara Petzen is the president of the Middle East Outreach Council and founder of Middle East Connections. Former Outreach Director for Harvard’s Center for Near Eastern Studies, she developed a robust outreach strategy in response to September 11th during her tenure. She created a comprehensive resource for educators seeking balanced and innovative materials for teaching about the Middle East at TeachMideast.org as Education Director at the Middle East Policy Council.
Episodes featuring Barbara Petzen.

Snehal ShingaviSnehal Shingavi is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. His interests include Anglophone South Asian literature, Hindi/Urdu literature, Literature in Translation and Translation Theory, Theories of “the nation” (anticolonialism, nationalism, statism, postcolonialism, postnationalism, cosmopolitanism, globalization), and Classical Marxism.  He won the Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, has published articles in several journals including International Socialist Review, and has appeared as a commentator on programs such as Hardball on CNN.
Episodes featuring Snehal Shingavi.

denise-spellberg-photo-credit-ut-austin-Denise A. Spellberg is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include medieval Islamic history and religion; Ottoman Turkish and Byzantine cultures; pre-Islamic religions of Iran; Islam in Europe and America; Gender, and social attitudes toward women in each of these historical contexts. Her latest book, Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, was published in 2013.
Episodes featuring Denise A. Spellberg.

Jeremi SuriJeremi Suri is Professor in the Department of History and hold the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs in the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an international historian of the modern world, fascinated by the connections between peoples, ideas, and societies. His work focuses on policy-making, governance, social movements, and cultural (mis)understandings. His works include Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama (Simon and Schuster, 2011), American Foreign Relations since 1898 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Henry Kissinger and the American Century (Harvard, 2007), The Global Revolutions of 1968 (Norton, 2007), and Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente (Harvard, 2003).
Episodes featuring Jeremi Suri.

Keely Sutton is a doctoral student in the department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas. She received her Master’s Degree in Religion from Wake Forest University where she wrote her thesis Women in Buddhism/Women in India, which explored the portrayals of women in Buddhist texts compared with those within roughly contemporaneous Brahmanical texts.  She is currently writing her dissertation on Mappila pattu, a Muslim song literature of Kerala, India, and its significance within social, historical, and literary spheres.
Episodes featuring Keely Sutton.

Samuel ThropeSamuel Thrope is a writer and translator based in Jerusalem where he is currently a fellow with the Martin Buber Society at Hebrew University. Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Thrope earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in Jewish and Zoroastrian Studies. He is the author of numerous articles and most recently published The Israeli Republic, an English translation of Iranian writer Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s travelogue Safar beh Velayat-e Ezrael.
Episodes featuring Samuel Thrope.

vaughnJames M. Vaughn is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His main interests lie in the history of Britain and the history of the British Empire in the late seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. His current project examines the origins and early development of the British East India Company’s territorial empire in the context of metropolitan socio-political evolution and far-reaching global transformations in the eighteenth century.
Episodes featuring James M. Vaughn.

Sam WhiteSam White is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Ohio State University. He has taught in many areas of environmental history including both global and American surveys as well as “big history” and topical courses on food, animals, and climate. His research focuses on past climate changes and extreme weather, combining scientific data and historical sources to better reconstruct these episodes and understand their influence on human history. He is the co-founder of the Climate History Network.
Episodes featuring Sam White.

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