Visiting and Affiliated Faculty

Shiva Balaghi, Visiting Assistant Professor 2012-14, is a cultural historian of the Middle East, who teaches in the Departments of History and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University as the Laya Khadjavi Visiting Professor of Iranian Studies. Balaghi is a Contributing Editor of Jadaliyya and a Trustee of the American Institute of Iranian Studies. Her books include Saddam Hussein: A Biography (2005); Picturing Iran: Art, Society, and Revolution (co-edited, 2002); and Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East (Co-edited, 1994). Balaghi has published widely on Iranian visual culture and contemporary Islamic Art. She is currently completing a book on knowledge and power in Iran. Before coming to Brown, she was Associate Director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU for a decade. She has taught at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan.

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 and genres of cross-cultural encounter. Current projects include completing a monograph on early modern mapping of the Ottoman empire in text and image, and launching another on the flow of culture, information, and people in the early modern Ottoman Adriatic. 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, she 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). Her 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.

Amy Turner Bushnell, Adjunct Associate Professor and JCBL Invited Research Scholar, to 2014.

Jack P. Greene, Adjunct Professor and JCBL Invited Research Scholar, to 2014.

Thomas Jundt, Visiting Assistant Professor 2013-14, received his Ph.D. from Brown in 2008. His research and teaching interests focus on twentieth century United States history (1865-present) with particular interest in capitalism, social, cultural, and environmental history. He is completing revisions for his book, Buying the Planet Green (forthcoming, Oxford), which examines how the origin of contemporary environmentalism that has generally been associated with Sixties era social movements is more accurately thought of as an earlier response to fears unleashed by nuclear weapons, and by hazardous products produced by largely unregulated corporations after World War II. He has taught at Brown University, McGill University, and Bryant University.

Jane Lancaster, Visiting Assistant Professor and JCB Scholar in Residence 2009-14 , 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 Assistant Professor, 2011-14, 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 of the forthcoming Harry Furniss and “The Humours of Parliament”: A View of Late Victorian Political Culture.

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 community values in early New England (1637-1800), with a specific focus on Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire during the transitional years from the colonial to Early Republican era. 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).

Jeremy Mumford, Visiting Assistant Professor 2013-16, works on colonial Latin American history and the comparative history of Native Americans. After earning his Ph.D. from Yale he was a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mississippi. His book, Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes was published by Duke University Press in November 2012. His articles have appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Latin American Research Review, the Canadian Historical Review, and the Boston Globe, among others.

Megan Kate Nelson, Visiting Assistant Professor 2013-14, is a cultural and environmental historian of nineteenth-century America and the American Civil War. After earning her PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2002, she taught at Texas Tech University, California State University at Fullerton, and Harvard University. She is the author of Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia, 2005) and Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (Georgia, 2012) in addition to numerous articles, film and television reviews, and columns for the New York Times Disunion blog. Her current book project is a narrative history of the Civil War in the desert Southwest.

Paris Papamichos Chronakis, Visiting Assistant Professor 2012-14, received his MA in Comparative History from Essex University and his Ph.D. in Modern Greek and European History from the University of Crete. A recipient of numerous grants, he was a Rothschild Foundation Europe post-doctoral teaching fellow at the University of Thessaly and a visiting research fellow at UCLA. He is a historian of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean working on the late Ottoman Empire, Modern Greece, and on Sephardic Jewry. His research focuses on the interrelated histories of the middle classes, interethnic relations, and the passage from empire to the nation-state as well as on the Holocaust and its memory in Greece. As co-editor and contributor, he is involved in two journal thematic issues on the history of the Jews of Salonica and on the Eastern Mediterranean bourgeoisies.

Richard Parks, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-14, is a historian of medicine, with a particular interest in the public health of Jewish communities in North Africa during the colonial era. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, he is currently working on an article examining the medicalization of childbirth and motherhood in colonial Tunisia's Jewish community. He has published several articles, including "The Jewish Quarters of Interwar Paris and Tunis: Destruction, Creation, and French Urban Design," in Jewish Social Studies and "Divide et Impera: Public Health and Urban Reform in Protectorate-era Tunis," in the Journal of North African Studies. Richard is currently revising his monograph, "Regenerating the Maghreb."

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.

Strother Roberts ACLS New Faculty Fellow 2012-14, received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2011. His research and teaching interests focus on colonial North America with particular interest in environmental and economic history, Native American history and the history of race. He is currently revising a book manuscript, entitled The Commodities of the Country, which traces the profound ecological and hydrological impacts that early modern trans-Atlantic markets had upon the land- and waterscapes of New England.  His research on the environment of early America has appeared in articles in journals including the The New England Quarterly and Agricultural History and his work on Native American history and race has appeared in the journal Ethnohistory. He taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College before coming to Brown.

Rachel Rojanski, Adjunct Professor, January 2014-18.

Lauri Tähtinen works on the early modern world with a particular interest in Brazil as well as in intellectual and imperial history. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Political Theory Project (2012-2014), he is working on the creation of colonial Brazil against the backdrop of European imperial rivalries. His book project concerns topics such as conquest, commerce, conversion, and slavery as well as the place of Brazil within the Portuguese empire. His published and forthcoming articles cover topics from the ideological context of the Portuguese Restoration to the global circulation of reason of state theories. He received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, where he also taught imperial history and the history of political thought. Prior to his arrival at Brown, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

Anthony Watson, Associate Director of Middle East Studies Program, Watson Institute, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History 2012-16, joined the Department of History as adjunct assistant professor specializing in Christian and Islamic history in 2012. He is also the associate director of Brown's Middle East Studies program. He received a PhD in medieval history from the University of Cambridge in 2012 and an MDiv in comparative theology and Christian-Islamic relations from Harvard in 2007. Prior to joining Brown, he taught at Johns Hopkins, McDaniel College, the School for Oriental and African Studies, and the University of Cambridge. He teaches courses on Islamic Poltical Thought, Islamic and Christian History, Christian-Muslim Relations in the Middle Ages, and the Mongol Empire. Watson's historical research focuses on questions of political and religious authority, ideology, and the adaptation strategies employed by minority faiths. He focuses on the travel narratives, chronicles, hagiographies, and intellectual histories contextualizing medieval European engagement with the Middle East, Persia, and Central Asia. This work encompasses the experience of the Crusades, the Syriac – or Nestorian – Church of the East, and the Mongol Empire. He has published in several journals and books, co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Medieval History (37:1, 2011), and is on the Advisory Board for the Syriac Reference Portal. He is currently converting his dissertation into a book entitled Between Pope and Ilkhan: the struggle to negotiate political and religious authority by the Church of the East in medieval Persia.