MemberPaulo Vitor Airaghi

He is interested in Brazilian Republicanism and Republican Propaganda in Brazil’s XXth siècle. For his M.A work at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Paulo wrote a biography of a brazilian republican named José Leão Ferreira Souto (1850-1904) inquiring about the creation of a potyguar (related to people born in the Province/State of Rio Grande do Norte) identity in the turn of XIXth to XX Siècle. He is especially interested in obscure republicans and defeated political projects. Currently, he is a Phd. Student at UFRN and a Researcher at Grupo de Pesquisa Os Espaços na Modernidade. 

MemberEric Burke

My research focuses on the influence of past experience (“operational heritage”) on the systemic operational behavior and tactical subcultures of historical military organizations. My dissertation explores how the operational- and tactical-level functioning of a Union corps d’armée evolved over the course of the American Civil War as its command network and component regiments were indelibly shaped by, and collectively made sense of, their particular experiences on and off the battlefield during each successive campaign.   In the past, my research has also engaged with nineteenth-century American history topics beyond the purview of military history. My master’s thesis, “Egyptian Darkness: Antebellum Reconstruction and Southern Illinois in the Republican Imagination, 1854-1861,” focused on early Republican (1854-1860) plans to “reconstruct” and “Northernize” the poor white inhabitants of southern Illinois (“Egypt”) before the Civil War – an intellectual prelude to many of the same efforts later directed toward poor whites of the postwar South. Prior to this project, my undergraduate honor’s thesis, “Decidedly Unmilitary: The Roots of Social Order in the Union Army” examined how the simultaneous coexistence of conflicting individual motivations for service exhibited by members of a volunteer regiment, as well as the natural ebb and flow of those motivations over time, necessitated an adaptive leadership style by junior leaders in order to secure the respect and obedience of subordinates.   My professional interests and research also engage with larger questions of national and military strategy, security and defense policy, and theories of war, strategy, and tactics. This Fall, I’m teaching Introduction to National and International Security as part of the Peace, War, and Defense Curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

MemberEvan Jewell

I am a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in the interdepartmental Classical Studies program at Columbia University, currently writing a dissertation entitled, “Youth and Power: Roman Discourses of Age and Ageing from Plautus to Nero.” My work examines Roman age and ageing and, in particular, the intersection of discourses about youth with the changing power relations at Rome from the birth of Plautus to the death of Nero. 

MemberMartino Dibeltulo Concu

I am a historian and translator of Buddhism. My expertise is in the study of Buddhism in China and Tibet in a trans-regional and trans-cultural frame, with a special emphasis on Buddhism in its classical and contemporary forms. My primary research areas include classical systems of scriptural interpretation and the history of Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna traditions in India, China, and Tibet. I have a strong foundation in the study of Asia in the fields of language and philology, but my research also draws on anthropology, history, cultural and postcolonial studies, and religious studies. My current projects fall into two main areas. The first is the study of the history and historiography of Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist relations. I focus in particular on Buddhist scriptures and Tibetan scholastic works as they were translated and interpreted by Chinese exegetes during the late imperial and Republican periods. The second area is the history of Buddhism in its encounter with European and American religious and philosophical formations. I am interested in the question of how the study of Buddhism influenced Enlightenment legacies and global thought during the modern age, specifically how the imagination of the Indian roots of Buddhism was shaped through global networks of knowledge and the modern forces of colonialism and nationalism in Asia. In addition, I translate works on the modern reception of Tibetan Buddhism in China. My current projects include the travelogue of a Chinese monk in Tibet during the age of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Fazun’s (1902-1980) Xiandai Xizang 現代西藏 (“Modern Tibet”), and the work of a “Chinese lama” drawing from the views of both Zen and rDzogs Chen, Fahai’s (1920-1991) Sheng conghe lai, si conghe qu 生從何來,死從何去 (“Life Begins After Death”). My teaching broadly reflects my research interests, including theory courses that examine the concepts of religion and magic, travel and place, scripture and practice across disciplinary boundaries, and thematic courses that engage classical works from both Chinese and Tibetan philosophical and religious traditions.

MemberDaniel P. Diffendale

Mediterranean, sometime Classical, archaeologist. Currently I am researching the relationship between the ancient Romans, their volcanic landscape, and their built environment as director of the “Quarry provenience and Archaeological Dating of the Roman-Area Tuffs in Antiquity” (QUADRATA) Project. I also continue to study cult places in the context of local and regional political developments, with a particular interest in the 1st millennium BCE central Mediterranean, and am working on the architectural and ritual development of the sanctuary of Fortuna and Mater Matuta in Rome’s Forum Boarium during the Middle Republic, based on my recently completed dissertation titled “The Roman Middle Republic at Sant’Omobono.”

MemberMegan Gallagher

I am a political theorist and an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. My areas of research include sex and gender in the history of political thought (especially in the 17th and 18th centuries), contemporary feminist political theory, and politics and literature. I also have a longstanding interest in the political thought of the French Enlightenment. In 2018-2019, I was a lecturer in the American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Master of Liberal Arts and Science Programs at Vanderbilt University. I was previously a visiting assistant professor with the Vanderbilt Department of Political Science and the Whitman College Department of Politics, as well as a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science. I have held the Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender Studies at Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the Clark Dissertation Fellowship at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles. I received my PhD in from the UCLA Department of Political Science in 2014.

MemberJeffrey A. Becker

Jeffrey Becker is a Mediterranean archaeologist. Becker has held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The College of William & Mary, Boston University, McMaster University, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, and the University of Mississippi. Additionally, Becker served as Acting Director of the Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an Associate Editor of the Pleiades Project and contributing editor for Etruscan and Roman art at Becker is a veteran of archaeological fieldwork in Italy, notably on the Palatine Hill in Rome with Clementina Panella and the University of Michigan’s project at Gabii in Central Italy. He is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Binghamton University – SUNY. At Binghamton, he teaches courses in Mediterranean archaeology and Graeco-Roman art history.