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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archives and libraries, digital methods and innovations and the questions of digital preservation and accessibility of historical documents.

MemberLuna Najera

My research focuses on war, gender, and subjectivity in early modern Spanish thought, as well as visual culture, cultural studies, and book history in colonial Spanish America. Other research interests that I pursue through course offerings include: urban studies, border studies, gender studies, postcolonial theory and literature, modern and postmodern theory.

MemberKari L. Fletcher

Kari L. Fletcher, Ph.D., MSW is an Associate Professor, MSW Program Director, and the Coordinator of Area of Emphasis in Military Practice in the St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Smith College and her Masters of Social Work from Widener University. Her experience working with military/veteran-connected populations across age cohorts within direct practice contexts spans 20 years and includes affiliations with the VA (as a Clinical Social Worker, 2000-2010), Vet Center (as an External Consultant, 2014-present) and Military OneSource (as a psychotherapist, 2015-present). Dr. Fletcher’s scholarship focuses on support systems for military/veteran-connected populations in clinical practice, higher education, and community-based settings.  

MemberKimberly K. Dougherty

My writing and research examine the representation of airpower and the human costs of airpower employment in twentieth and twenty-first century literature. My interests blend  my first career as a USAF Officer and aviator with my newest career teaching and writing about literature. After twenty-two years as a KC-135 navigator, conducting in-flight refueling with other aircraft and flying combat missions over Afghanistan, I returned to my first love, literature.  I currently teach American Lit, Multi-ethnic Lit, and Intro to Lit.  I’m developing a course on Contemporary War Writing for 2019. I recently co-facilitated two sessions of “From Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on the Experience of War and Homecoming” for the New Hampshire Humanities.  In this group, veterans and their families read and discussed The Odyssey as a springboard to discover their own truths about combat trauma, personal sacrifice, and readjustment.

MemberDarius von Guttner Sporzynski

Darius’s research and teaching concentrated on cultural aspects of religious warfare, crusading, military orders and identity. In the recent years his interests shifted towards global history as the result of being involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching subjects which examine history from a global perspective. He is particularly interested in the common patterns which emerged across all cultures, in aspects of world history which have drawn people together and the examinations of these patterns which reveal the diversity of the human experience. Darius has a strong research interest in education. In addition to the interest in curriculum (design and development, and policy implementation and evaluation), he researches the nexus between research orientated teaching and learning and the disparity between the methodology of teaching of a discipline like History at secondary and tertiary levels. After a decade of teaching outside metropolitan centers he is working collaboratively on the issues affecting education in regional settings, specifically on regional culturally, linguistically and economically diverse (CLED) communities of learning and the use of emerging technologies and the issues affecting funding for humanities.