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MemberMichael Hancock-Parmer

I am an Assistant Professor of History at Ferrum College in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I teach world history, Russian history, the history of Islam, and other thematic courses in early modern and modern world history. My research has been focused on early modern Central Asia, particularly the mining of 18th-century history for 20th-century projects in nationalism and collective memory.

MemberJennifer Hart

Jennifer Hart is an Associate Professor at Wayne State University, where she teaches courses in African History, World History, Digital Humanities, Digital History, History Communication, and the History of Technology.  Her research explores the intersection of histories of labor, technology, and urban space in Accra, Ghana.  She is the North American President of the International Society for the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning and History.

MemberSheila McManus

…American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Western History Association, World History Association…

I am a Professor of History at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta. My research focuses on the borderlands of the North American West, and I am one of the co-editors of the H-Borderlands network. I teach the histories of the North American West, borderlands, historiography and methodology, and world history. In 2001-2002 I was the first Post-Doctoral Associate at the Howard Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University. I taught American and Canadian history at the University of Winnipeg in 2002-03, before joining the U of L History Department in 2003.

MemberJohanna Mellis

…Assistant Professor of World History…

I am an Assistant Professor of World history at Ursinus College, outside of Philadelphia. I teach courses in World and European history. My courses include “GOAL! Sport in World History, “Nationalism and Memory in Modern Europe,” “Empire, Patriarchy, and Race: Power and People in Modern World History,” “Cold War in Europe: Gender, Labor, and Immigrants,” and “Oral History: Collecting All Voices.” My manuscript-in-progress, titled Changing the Game: Hungarian Athletes and International Sport during the Cold War, explores an uncharted, human aspect of Cold War cultural history: how Hungarian athletes shaped the sport world from 1948-1989. Hungary’s impressive sport history and geopolitical status – it became the third-strongest world sport power under Stalinism and later served the IOC as an intermediary with more contentious Communist countries – make the Hungarian sport community a compelling case study to examine Cold War international culture. The project examines the motivations and evolving relationship between the IOC and Hungarian sport leaders on the one hand, and sport leaders and Hungarian athletes on the other. It argues that international sport was not simply an arena for Communist repression and traditional Cold War cultural and diplomatic tensions to play out. Rather, the manuscript demonstrates how athletes, sport leaders, and the IOC engaged in sporting cooperation with one another in order to achieve their respective aims from the 1960s-1980s. Athletes influenced international sport through their increased agency vis-a-vis, and cooperation with, sport leaders, who in turned worked collegially with the IOC to shape its culture and international policies in order to benefit athletes at home. In one of the first Cold War analyses grounded in athletes’ experiences and memories, I situate their voices in the international sport world by triangulating thirty-five oral histories with Hungarian athletes, coaches, and sport leaders with archival documents from Hungary, Switzerland, and the US. Although typically portrayed as helpless victims or wily resistors, the experiences of Hungarian athletes demonstrate how they asserted agency by choosing to work with sport leaders to improve their lives. Changing the Global Gamedirects scholars of Eastern Europe, Sport History, and the Cold War toward Hungary and demonstrates that histories examining international culture and the Cold War must consider the ways in which people’s actions in the less-contentious Middle Bloc states navigated and shaped the creation of both. My research has been awarded numerous prestigious grants, including the Olympic Studies Centre’s PhD Research Grant, the North American Society for sport History Dissertation Travel Grant, and a Fulbright Grant. I have also received several Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to study Hungary.  

MemberChristopher S. Rose

…story of Public Health in the Middle East: The Medical-Environmental Turn,” History Compass. April 27, 2021. DOI: 10.1111/hic3.12659.
“Implications of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic (1918-1920) for the History of Early 20th Century Egypt,” Journal of World History (32:4, September 2021).
“Food, Hunger, and Rebellion: Egypt in World War I and its Aftermath,” in Justin Nordstrom, ed., The Provisions of War: Expanding the Boundaries of Food and Conflict, 1840-1990, Fayetteville: University of Arkansas …

Christopher S. Rose is a social historian of medicine, focusing on 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 currently an independent scholar based in Austin, Texas. He has taught as a contingent faculty member for six semesters in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has also taught for the Departments of History and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas. He is a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Historical Studies at UT for the 2019-20 year. 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 is a cohost of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies channel, part of the New Books podcast network. He was also a founding co-host of the podcast 15 Minute History for eight years, and is currently immediate past-president (2018 – 2022) 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.

MemberRyan J. Lynch

I am the Associate Professor of the History of the Islamic World in the Department of History and Geography at Columbus State University. Additionally, I serve as the Graduate Program Coordinator for our MA in History and as the CSU Honors College Faculty-in-Residence. In research, I am an early Islamic historian who focuses on Arabic historiography and the foundational period of Islamic history – particularly the early Islamic conquests and the depictions of the early Islamic state in history and literature. Much of my work has focused on the writing of the Muslim historian al-Baladhuri (d. ca. 279 AH/892 CE), where I have looked at unique information held in his book, identified the spread of historical information between him and both earlier/later authors, and have used the tools of the digital and computational humanities to identify text reuse in/of his surviving texts. This includes my recent monograph, Arab Conquests and Early Islamic Historiography. Much of my research is focused on two separate-but-somewhat linked topics: I am very interested in the process of settlement throughout the Middle East which occurred during the period of the Arab-Islamic conquests and the reign of the Umayyad dynasty, but I am also very interested in how later ‘Abbasid-era sources reflected on and remembered this process. As a professor, I teach introductory courses on early world history, historical research and writing, and the digital humanities, while teaching advanced seminars and graduate courses on the Arab-Islamic conquests, the early Islamic period, late antiquity and the fall of Rome, the Crusades, and the idea of an Islamic state from the pre-modern period to the present day.