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MemberDaniel Sauerwein

I am a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of North Dakota and my fields are in North American History (with emphasis on new military history), Rural History, Public History and Geography. My areas of interest are in early American history, specifically military, which includes the Civil War and other early American wars. I currently hold a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in History, with a major concentration in American history and a minor in Geography. My thesis explored camps of instruction in Illinois and focused on the transition from civilian to soldier as soldiers took their basic training in the camps. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Illinois College, with a major in History and double minors in Economics and Geography. I currently work as a Reference Specialist with the North Dakota State Archives, where I assist patrons in accessing our materials for various types of research. My specialties will be on military history related collections and records. I previously served as a History and Political Science Instructor at Northland Community and Technical College during the 2016-17 academic year. I also taught both History and Geography courses for the University of North Dakota and Lake Region State College. Over the course of my time teaching college, I have taught the following courses: United States to 1877 (both in class and online) United States since 1877 United States History pre-1865 United States History since 1865 Western Civilization I (online) Western Civilization II (online) Western Civilization Pre-1500 American Minorities (both in class and online) American Politics and Government State and Local Government (both in class and online) North Dakota History The United States: The Roaring Twenties Civil War and Reconstruction World War II (online) Historical Geography Special Topics in Geography: Heritage Tourism I originally hail from Jerseyville, IL, but have lived in Missouri, Germany, Kansas, and Texas while my dad was in the Army. I have also visited 20 other states, Washington, DC, and five other countries in my life. Outside of my academic pursuits, I am involved with the Civil Air Patrol, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons of the American Legion. I also enjoy reading, writing, playing guitar, and firearms. I am an avid Civil War reenactor, currently serving as President/Lieutenant of Fifth Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company D, where we do educational programming in the region, especially at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Site. My areas of interest in the Civil War are camps of instruction, which are where soldiers took basic training, the Western theater of the war, and U. S. Grant. I like to focus on the soldiers from the “Old Northwest” (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, etc.) as they are quite interesting and in many ways were better than their eastern counterparts.

MemberNina Janz

I am a Research Associate in the Project in History of Justice. As an archivist, I am researching and inventorying relevant documents for the project. I provide our team with relevant documents and prepares them for the digitalizing and virtual exhibition. I worked as an archivist at the German Federal Archive, in Koblenz and Berlin and at the Military Archive in Freiburg, where I managed requests and inquiries concerning the Wehrmacht, WW II and the fate of POW and other Nazi victims. I supported projects in digitalizing and preservation of documents and worked in a project of the German Historical Moscow to digitalize records of Soviet POW. After my archival career, I began my doctorate at the University of Hamburg in cultural anthropology about the impact of death and violence and the memory of WW II in the post-war period in Germany and Russia. My research focus lies on the commemoration aspects of military dead/war dead and war cemeteries in Germany and Russia, the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and on cultural aspects on the Wehrmacht and military violence during WW II. And secondly, my research interests cover the classical historical research in archives and libraries, digital methods and innovations and the questions of digital preservation and accessibility of historical documents.

MemberErin Johnson-Williams

Erin Johnson-Williams is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Music. Her research focuses on music and de/colonialism, the imperial legacies of music education, music and trauma, and the soundscapes of spaces colonial violence. Erin’s current Leverhulme project, entitled ‘Audible Incarceration: Singing Communal Religion in Colonial Concentration Camps’, examines the role of singing, religious experience and trauma in spaces of colonial incarceration, with particular focus on the concentration camps of the Boer War in South Africa.

MemberJonathan Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna is spending this year as a fellow of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies.  Ordinarily he serves as University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he chairs its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He also is the past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.  Author or editor of more than thirty books on American Jewish history and life, his American Judaism: A History won six awards including the 2004 “Everett Jewish Book of the Year Award” from the Jewish Book Council. Sarna is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Jewish Research. His most recent books are When General Grant Expelled the Jews and Lincoln & the Jews: A History (with Benjamin Shapell), which has just appeared in a Hebrew edition.