MemberFelipe Martinez-Pinzon

19th Century Latin American Literature, Latin American Studies, Latin American Literature (Literature), 19th Century Colombian History, Colombia, Maps and Society, Historical Geography, Tropical Ecology, Eco-criticism, War Theory, Naturaleza/cultura, Nature Culture, Costumbrismo Latinoamericano, 19th century culture and politics – Colombia & Latin America, 19th Century Latin American Art History, Modernismo, Spanish and Latin American Modernism, Spanish American Independence, Society and Politics 19th Century Latin America, Amazonia, Costumbrismo hispánico, and Historia política y social siglos XIX y XX

MemberJoanna Gardner-Huggett

Joanna Gardner-Huggett is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at DePaul University where she teaches courses on twentieth-century art and feminist theory. Gardner-Huggett’s research focuses on the intersection between feminism and arts activism and has been published in the journals British Art Journal, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Historical Geography, and Woman’s Art Journal. Her most recent scholarship explores the history of the painter Julia Thecla (1896-1973), the Guerrilla Girls, the Feminist Art Workers, and the origins of the women artists’ cooperatives Artemisia Gallery in Chicago (1973-2003) and ARC (1973-present). 

MemberDeborah Sugg Ryan

I have been Professor of Design History and Theory and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at University of Portsmouth since 2016. I was previously Associate Professor of History and Theory of Design and Head of Histories and Theories in the Fashion and Textiles Institute at Falmouth University. I started my career as a curator at the V&A Museum in 1987 and curated ‘Ideal Homes’ for the Design Museum in 1993. I went on to lecture at University of Wolverhampton, University of East London, University of Ulster and Loughborough University, joining Falmouth University in 2007. I have also held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in Cultural and Historical Geography at Royal Holloway. I was academic convener of ‘The Politics of Design’, the Design History Society annual conference, University of Ulster, 2004. I was a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Design History from 2004-2010. I am a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College. My research is on the experience of modernity in the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on design and visual culture, spectacle, space, performance and communities. I am currently working on Kitchen for Reaktion’s Objekt series. My monograph Ideal Homes, 1918-39: Domestic Design and Suburban Modernism was published by Manchester University Press in 2018. I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to support this research in 2012-13, for which I also undertook a programme of knowledge exchange activities with Media 10 Limited, owners of the Ideal Home Show. I have published several articles on the revival of historical pageants and spectacle in Britain, the US and the British Empire in the twentieth century, mainly focusing on the work of pageant master Frank Lascelles. My most recent paper on this subject ‘Spectacle, the Public and the Crowd: Pageants and Exhibitions in 1908’ is in The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design and Spectacle in Britain, 1901-1910, eds. M. Hatt & M. O’Neill, Yale University Press, 2010. I am currently developing a research project on vintage brands, events and subcultures.

MemberDaniel Sauerwein

I am a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of North Dakota and my fields are in North American History (with emphasis on new military history), Rural History, Public History and Geography. My areas of interest are in early American history, specifically military, which includes the Civil War and other early American wars. I currently hold a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in History, with a major concentration in American history and a minor in Geography. My thesis explored camps of instruction in Illinois and focused on the transition from civilian to soldier as soldiers took their basic training in the camps. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Illinois College, with a major in History and double minors in Economics and Geography. I currently work as a Reference Specialist with the North Dakota State Archives, where I assist patrons in accessing our materials for various types of research. My specialties will be on military history related collections and records. I previously served as a History and Political Science Instructor at Northland Community and Technical College during the 2016-17 academic year. I also taught both History and Geography courses for the University of North Dakota and Lake Region State College. Over the course of my time teaching college, I have taught the following courses: United States to 1877 (both in class and online) United States since 1877 United States History pre-1865 United States History since 1865 Western Civilization I (online) Western Civilization II (online) Western Civilization Pre-1500 American Minorities (both in class and online) American Politics and Government State and Local Government (both in class and online) North Dakota History The United States: The Roaring Twenties Civil War and Reconstruction World War II (online) Historical Geography Special Topics in Geography: Heritage Tourism I originally hail from Jerseyville, IL, but have lived in Missouri, Germany, Kansas, and Texas while my dad was in the Army. I have also visited 20 other states, Washington, DC, and five other countries in my life. Outside of my academic pursuits, I am involved with the Civil Air Patrol, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons of the American Legion. I also enjoy reading, writing, playing guitar, and firearms. I am an avid Civil War reenactor, currently serving as President/Lieutenant of Fifth Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company D, where we do educational programming in the region, especially at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Site. My areas of interest in the Civil War are camps of instruction, which are where soldiers took basic training, the Western theater of the war, and U. S. Grant. I like to focus on the soldiers from the “Old Northwest” (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, etc.) as they are quite interesting and in many ways were better than their eastern counterparts.

MemberRichard Nisa

I am an assistant professor of geography in the Department of Social Sciences and History at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus. My current book project, entitled Wartime Apprehensions: Technologies of Control Between Capture and the Camp, explores the geographical and technological practices that shaped the space between battlefield encounters, bodily apprehensions, and the walls of the US-managed prisoner of war camps. The book details the historical and technological transformations of a dynamic logistical space that has confounded US military planners, frightened and endangered captives and soldiers, and remained largely invisible in the historical record. My work has recently been published in Environment & Planning A and Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in the Age of Big Data (edited by Louise Amoore and Volha Piotukh, Routledge 2016).

MemberAdele Curness

My research interests lie in the textual and material culture of Byzantine and Norman Italy, particularly relating to questions of community structure and ethnic and religious identity on the imperial frontier with Islamic North Africa. My thesis focuses especially on synthesising the Arabic sources for Byzantine Italy with their Greek and Latin counterparts, and I aim to show that, through relationships between Italo-Greek Christians and different religious and ethnic communities, the westernmost Byzantine province of Calabria was deeply connected to the Fatimid world of North and sub-Saharan Africa, certainly more so than its connection to the imperial centre at Constantinople. In this vein, my MPhil thesis analysed the construction of authority in Calabrian hagiographic texts and Arabic documents from Tunisia, observing the ways in which the highly stylised portrayal of the ‘holy man’ revealed tensions in local society between Orthodoxy, loyalty to the imperial government, and the attractions of the Islamic world. My secondary interests are the reception and portrayal of the far south of Italy in modern Italian cultural discourse and the life of Matilda of Canossa. I am interested more broadly in Byzantine and Early Medieval history, hagiography, historical geography, numismatics, and cultural history. I am always keen to debate comparative questions on the history of religious pluralism and identity in frontier societies. Outside of my academic research, I am determined to improve the accessibility of Byzantine Studies to students and lay-readers alike. I am passionate about the translation of foreign-language sources into English, and work on this myself, and about challenging the underlying Eurocentric assumptions in medieval studies that lead to Byzantine history being relegated from medieval curricula. I would be delighted to be contacted by western medievalists wishing to work collaboratively on this matter. I am the president of the Oxford University Byzantine Society.

MemberManuel Ramírez-Sánchez

Associate Professor of Historiographic Sciences and Technics in the Department of Historical Sciences of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain). BA, Geography and History, University of La Laguna (1989). MA, Ancient History, University of Salamanca (1991). PhD, History, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (1999). Faculty member of the Research Institute of Textual Analysis and Applications (IATEXT), of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

MemberDr Lee Butcher

…PhD: King’s College London & English Heritage

Title: Monarchy, Power and Place in the Victorian Age: a historical geography of Osborne House, c. 1845-1901.

MA: Birkbeck, University of London

Subject: Historical Research.

Dissertation title: The Scramble for Sokoto: The Principles and Agents of Colonial Expansion in West Africa, c.1895-1903.

MA (Hons): The University of Aberdeen

Subject: History and Politics.

Dissertation title: Democratisation in Sub-Saharan Africa since de-colonisation: a comparative analysis of South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda….