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MemberBarbara Allen

  • U.S. citizen born in North Carolina, USA.
  • Author, editor, and translator of books, articles, and reviews about the history of the Russian revolutionary movement, Stalinist terror, trade unions, and the Workers’ Opposition within the Soviet Communist Party.
  • Teaches using Reacting to the Past pedagogy.
  • Travels include Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Finland, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Mexico.

MemberStephen Sheehi

Interested in 19th and 20th century intellectual, literary, and visual culture of the Middle East; the history of photography; issues of Islamophobia and racism; “cultural theory,” in particular structuralism, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and Marxism.Member of Executive Committee, Arabic Division
Member of Executive Committee, West Asia Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Discussion Group

MemberChristopher S. Rose

Christopher S. Rose is a historian of the nineteenth and twentieth century Middle East. He earned his doctorate in History from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2019. He is a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Historical Studies at UT for the 2019-20 year. He has taught as a Lecturer in the Department of History (spring 2020) and Assistant Instructor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies (summer 2017) at the University of Texas, and as an adjunct instructor in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas for five semesters in 2017-2019. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he acquired nearly two decades of administrative experience at the University of Texas. His monograph project, tentatively titled Home Front Egypt: Famine, Disease, and Death during the Great War, describes how price control systems intended to ensure an adequate supply of food for the Egyptian population during the World War I (1914-1918) were neutralized by requisitions of labor and foodstuffs, a situation that resulted in inflation, food shortages, and starvation among civilians. Using demographic and statistical data, he argues that malnutrition facilitated the rapid spread of disease throughout the country, killing more people than military action. The ‘Spanish’ influenza pandemic alone claimed over 150,000 lives — over one percent of Egypt’s population — in the last two months of 1918 (an article about the pandemic in Egypt is forthcoming in the Journal of World History). He is exploring the broader global colonial experience of the First World War for a second project. His other research interests include the formative period of Islam from Muhammad until the rise of the Umayyads; the history and development of Fustat/Cairo; Islamic North Africa and Spain (al-Andalus); and the spread of cultural traits outward from the Middle East through trade networks (Silk Route, Mediterranean, Atlantic). Dr. Rose is active as a public historian. He founded the podcast 15 Minute History and served as co-host for eight years, and is currently immediate past-president (2018 – 2020) of the Middle East Outreach Council. Chris also has significant experience in educator training, particularly working with world history and world geography educators. He has conducted numerous professional development sessions for educators, co-written several curriculum units for K-12 classrooms, and escorted numerous groups of educators to the Middle East.

MemberElena Margarita Past

Elena Past is Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has published articles on the toxic waste crisis in Naples, Mediterranean cinema and ecocinema, and Italian crime fiction and film. She is the author of Methods of Murder: Beccarian Introspection and Lombrosian Vivisection in Italian Crime Fiction (2012) and with Deborah Amberson, she co-edited Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film (2014) and a special section of the journal Ecozon@ on Animal Humanities.  She is currently finishing a book, Italian Ecocinema, and is coediting a volume on Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities with Serenella Iovino and Enrico Cesaretti.