MemberLukas Pauer

Lukas Pauer is a licensed architect, urbanist, educator, and the Founding Director of the Vertical Geopolitics Lab, an investigative practice and think-tank dedicated to exposing intangible systems and hidden agendas within the built environment. Currently at the Architectural Association, Lukas pursues a PhD AD on political imaginaries in architectural history with a focus on the architectural resolution of imperial-colonial expansion. He holds an MAUD from Harvard University and an MSc Arch from ETH Zürich. Among numerous international recognitions, Lukas has been selected as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and as Emerging Leader by the European Forum Alpbach — leadership programs committed to change-making impact within local communities. In the academy with over ten years of experience, Lukas is a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy. He has devised, coordinated, conducted, and assessed courses and workshops including thesis supervision and examination at leading institutions such as Harvard University, RMIT University, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Edinburgh. He has spoken publicly at institutions such as the World Bank, published in periodicals including the UCLA Planning Journal, and curated and convened public programs at venues including the Venice Architecture Biennale. In the industry, Lukas was a member of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects and has extensive technical experience in construction at the globally renowned practice of Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. 

MemberSimon Mollan

I am Associate Professor of International Business and Strategic Management at the Management School at the University of York. Between 2017 and 2020 I was the Director of the Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity Pathway at the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. Prior to that I was Head of the International Business, Strategy, and Management Group at the Management School, University of York (2013-2017). Before joining the University of York I held academic posts at the University of Liverpool, Durham University, and York St John University, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Duke University, North Carolina (Spring and Summer 2019). I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Durham University and the University of Glasgow. I did my PhD in economic history at Durham University.   I have previously served as the Chair of the Management History Research Group (UK) (2015-2019), and President of the Economic and Business History Society (2019-2020). I am the current Director of the EBHS Doctoral Workshop, and an Associate Editor of the open access journal, Essays in Economic and Business History

MemberJosé Darío Argüello-Rueda

Lawyer Cum Laude from Universidad Santo Tomás, Magister in Political Analysis from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain), PhD candidate in Human Security and Global Law at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). Professional Certification in Public Management for Development, by the Inter-American Development Bank. Professor of Constitutional Law and researcher. Director of the Socio-legal Research Center of the Corporación Universitaria del Caribe CECAR.

MemberSheila A Brennan

I am a digital public historian and a program officer. I am the former Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media where I also worked as a Research Associate Professor in History and Art History at George Mason University. My long form publication, Stamping American Memory: Collectors, Citizens, and the Post, is available as an open access digital and print monograph from the University of Michigan’s Digital Culture Books series (2018). It offers the first cultural history of stamp collecting through closely examining the Post Office’s commemorative stamp program. Designed to be saved as souvenirs, commemoratives circulated widely and stood as miniature memorials to carefully selected snapshots from the American past that also served the political needs of small interest groups. I began my career working in public museums, and served as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, DC for seven years before I came to RRCHNM in 2005. At the Center, I directed and managed 30+ projects. The first project that I managed and worked on from start to finish was the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank. After HDMB, I became part of the original Omeka team (2007-present), and continued to work on many other digital humanities and cultural heritage projects. In collaboration with colleagues at RRCHNM, I wrote many successful grant applications to public agencies (NEH, IMLS, and NSF) and private foundations (Mellon, Getty, Sloan, and Kress) that funded our work, and was an ACLS Digital Extension Fellow. My dissertation, “Stamping American Memory: Stamp Collecting in the U.S. 1880s-1930s,” earned the Moroney Prize for Scholarship in Postal History. I was awarded the University of Michigan Press-HASTAC Prize for Digital Humanities to write and publish, Stamping American Memory, as an open peer-reviewed, open access digital publication. I write and present on topics in digital humanities, public history, memorials and memorialization, museums and technology, and collecting practices. I am an experienced teacher and leader of digital humanities workshops designed for scholars, GLAM professionals, and graduate students.

MemberDr. Mohammad Mizanur Rahman

Rahman has completed his MBA (2010) and BBA (2008) degrees from a reputed public university named Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. In 2019, he also completed his PhD degree from a research based public university named Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently, he is working as an academician in department of business administration at Metropolitan University, Sylhet, Bangladesh. The research interest areas of Rahman are management, Organisational Behaviour (OB), Human Resource Management (HRM), strategic management, Total Quality Management (TQM), higher education systems and Information technology. Rahman is usually more focusing in quantitative techniques using three main statistical software which are SPSS, CB-SEM and PLS-SEM.

MemberDeLisa Hawkes

My research focuses on representations of genealogical discovery and ancestry in nineteenth and early-twentieth century African American literature. I am especially interested in the literary depictions of the interactions between African Americans and Native Americans during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, as well as intraracial tensions more broadly. I am currently working on my first book project which I developed out my dissertation entitled The Problem of the Prism: Racial Passing, Colorism, and the Politics of Racial Visibility. In this project, I analyze the works of authors such as Sutton Griggs and popular media like Ebony magazine to examine how authors and writers discussed genealogy in relation to Black pride.

MemberFaith Hillis

I am an historian of modern Europe and Russia, with a special interest in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century politics, culture, and ideas. My work explores how Russia’s peculiar political institutions—and its status as a multiethnic empire—shaped public opinion and political cultures. It also interrogates Russia’s relationship with the outside world, asking where the Russian experience belongs in the broader context of European and global history. In addition, I am interested in the theory and practice of the digital humanities. My first book, Children of Rus’: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation, was published by Cornell University Press in 2013. ( See Children of Rus’ argues that it was on the extreme periphery of the tsarist empire—a region that today is located at the very center of the independent nation of Ukraine—that Russian nationalism first took shape and assumed its most potent form. The book reconstructs how nineteenth-century provincial intellectuals came to see local folk customs as the purest manifestation of an ancient nation that unified all the Orthodox East Slavs, and how they successfully propagated their ideas across the empire through lobbying and mass political mobilization. Rather than documenting the advance of “national awakenings” on the imperial periphery, Children of Rus’ highlights the flexibility and contingency of national collectives; it reveals the surprising role that men whom we today would identify as ethnic Ukrainians played in the creation of Russian nationalism as well as the unwitting contributions that Russian nationalists made to other nation-building projects that would ultimately challenge the primacy of their movement. In addition, Children of Rus’ offers a bold reconceptualization of state-society relations under tsarism, showing how residents of a diverse and contested peripheral region managed to shape political ideas and identities across Russia—and even beyond its borders. In the book that I am currently researching, Europe’s Russian Colonies: Politics, Community, and Modernity across Borders, my abiding interest in politics, culture, and ideas takes a new direction. A study of the diverse yet close-knit settlements of tsarist émigrés that sprung up in western Europe’s large cities, university towns, and spa resorts over the long nineteenth century, this book provides the first synthetic history of pre-1917 traffic between Russia and Europe. Placing familiar themes in imperial history in an international context, it treats Europe’s “Russian colonies” as incubators of new ideas, cultures, and identities that ultimately traveled back to Russia via literature, correspondence, and return migration. Europe’s Russian Colonies also argues that these unique urban communities shaped the larger societies in which they were located in consequential ways. The “Russian colonies” and their residents played important roles in the articulation of liberal dreams of universalism and freedom. Yet by the late nineteenth century, as they became breeding grounds for radical ideas on both the left and the right, they began to present new challenges to western Europe’s liberal-parliamentary order. My current research is enriched by technology, and I am interested in thinking through how historians can use digital tools to open new avenues for exploration and to communicate their findings to other scholars and the general public. I am particularly interested in using geo-spatial analysis to analyze flows of people, ideas, and commodities over time and across space. For examples of my (ongoing) work in digital mapping, see my Europe’s Russian Colonies ( and  Publishing the Russian Empire Abroad (!/publish-confirm) maps. I have held research fellowships at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and have been awarded grants from ACLS, IREX, Fulbright-Hays, and NCEEER, among others.

MemberTawnya (Ravy) Azar

I am a Term Assistant Professor of English at George Mason University. I have been an instructor of composition and literature in higher education since 2009. I created the Salman Rushdie Archive. I am currently working on designing a digital literacy service learning course and redesigning my online advanced composition courses (focusing on public scholarship and multimodal composition). I am also researching Wikipedia and social media in the context of teaching first-year writing. 

MemberAmir Rahdari

Amir is one of the top 25 youngest world leaders in sustainable business (2degrees), a Science Sentinel (publons), world’s young researcher nominee (Antwerp), and He is a sustainability researcher and CSR consultant, an external reviewer for several Int. academic journals (JCR & Scopus), a research contributor to leading Sustainability platforms. He has published with JCLP, Scandinavian J. Man., Fuzzy Eco. Rev., & Soc. Resp. J.