MemberMartin Griffin

I’m originally from Ireland, lived for many years in Germany, and entered academia late(-ish) in life. I lived for ten years in Southern California, during my doctorate at UCLA and after that, working at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate U. Sometimes I miss the earthquakes and the range of food options. I’ve been in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee for eleven years now, and I appreciate the daily opportunity to work with engaging and supportive colleagues.

MemberChelsea Miller

I currently work in the Acquisitions department at the State University of New York Press as an Editorial Assistant, where I work with authors and editors to publish scholarship in the fields of history, politics, religion, and more.I have experience in writing, editing, curatorial practice, teaching, web development, and event management. I am interested in the intellectual and physical spaces in which the past and present collide. In my personal work, I focus especially on writing history for digital and print media and examining the role of the activist-scholar through public history and public memory projects.

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.

MemberMarilyn Kelly-Buccellati

Professor Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati has been excavating and conducting research on the archaeology and art history of the ancient Near East for over 50 years. Her Ph.D. from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago was on the third millennium B.C. in the Caucasus. She taught archaeology and art history in California State University, Los Angeles and is now Visiting Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA. She is Director of the Urkesh/Mozan Archaeological Project, a site spanning the fourth to the second millennia BC which has provided crucial to our understanding of the history, art and architecture of northern Mesopotamia. Her research interests include Syro-Mesopotamian seal iconography, ceramics, ancient identification markers, pre-history in the southern Caucasus. She has published many site reports based on work in Terqa and especially Mozan/Urkesh, and is currently finishing a digital volume on the excavated ceramics from Urkesh, to be published within the Urkesh Global Record website. One of her important publications was on the function of the necromantic pit excavated in Urkesh, unique in its monumentality and significance; her research on the seal impressions of the AP Palace has brought to light the artistic value of these objects as well as the complex royal court to which they give witness. With the cessation of excavations in Syria due to the war she has returned to the Republic of Georgia to work with the Italian team from the Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. This fieldwork activity lead her to curate an exhibit entitled “Georgia Paese d’oro e di fede. Identita e alterita nella storia di un popolo” on the archaeological and artistic heritage of the Republic of Georgia. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati has worked for many years in the Near East, especially in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. She and her husband, Giorgio Buccellati, are at present co-directors of the archaeological expedition to Tell Mozan/Urkesh in North-Eastern Syria. They work closely together both in the field and on the publication reports from their excavations, of which five volumes, plus audio-visual presentations, have appeared so far. They lead an international staff comprising colleagues and students from the US, Europe, the Near East and Asia and have given joint lectures on the excavations, and workshops on methods used, at major archaeological centers around the world as well as holding positions as visiting professors in various European universities.

MemberMichael Noble

I am interested in the deployment of academic and scientific expertise in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My doctoral research explores how University College Nottingham responded to the crisis of the First World War and, in particular, how its research staff were recruited or volunteered to contribute their expertise to the war effort. The project examines two strands:

  • The effect of wartime conditions on the College. This strand includes assessments of the absence of male students and staff of military age, the financial implications of these absences and restructuring of the organisation in response.
  • The contribution made by the College to the national war effort. This includes the provision of specialised training courses for military recruits and munitions workers, the use of College buildings and equipment for war work and the contribution of the College’s specialist technical expertise to the war economy. It also includes an assessment of the relationship between the College (and individual researchers) and industrial organisations, such as Cammell Laird, Rolls-Royce and British Dyestuffs Ltd.

I set these effects and contributions in the context not only of the College’s trajectory of development but also of the wider changes in higher education and research in early twentieth century Britain. Project themes include the history of science, state-organised research, the history of education, the First World War, urban networks, technology and innovation.   I have expertise in university-public engagement, including the brokering and management of productive working relationships between researchers and non-university partners; the planning and delivery of outreach and engagement events, both on and off campus; development and administration of co-production research projects and research project management.   I am responsible for project management and community liaison for the Centre for Hidden Histories, an AHRC-funded First World War Engagement Centre. In this role I have administered over 25 co-production research projects, organised and delivered public outreach events across the UK and established a nationwide network of academic researchers and community leaders. I regularly run history education sessions for primary and secondary school pupils.   In 2016 I organised Beyond the Western Front: The Global First World War, a two-day conference that blended academic papers with a showcase of community group projects. I provide advice and consultation for academics and non-university partners interesting in collaboration and co-production.   I am the author of two non-fiction children’s books on historical topics: D-Day: 20 Real Life Stories of the Normandy Invasion (Quarto Kids, 2019) and The Secret Life of Spies (Quarto Kids, 2020)  

MemberMatteo Pangallo

Dr. Pangallo is a former Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and currently assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. His primary areas of interest are early modern drama and theater history, with a focus upon connections between text, performance, and reception. He also has an interest in dramatic literature generally and the social and intellectual history of the book. His research focuses upon the complex connections between plays and the playhouses from which they emerged – their performance practices, modes of authorship and textual transmission, audiences and experiences of reception, and place within their historical context. As a scholar and a teacher, he is interested especially in the edges of theatrical and literary history, both how those edges transform our understanding of the center and how they can serve as entirely new centers themselves. Dr. Pangallo’s first book, Playwriting Playgoers in Shakespeare’s Theater (2017, University of Pennsylvania Press), focuses upon theatrical audiences and amateur playwriting in early modern England. Currently he is working on two books. “Theatrical Failure in Early Modern England” explores the causes and productive results of aesthetic, commercial, and material failure in domains such as the professional stage, court masque, household entertainment, and university play. “Strange Company: Foreign Performers in Medieval and Early Modern England” surveys the history of performers who toured to England from Spain, Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland, the Ottoman Empire, and elsewhere, establishing the role that they played in the development of early English theatrical culture and situating England’s theatrical Renaissance as one part of a global and more complexly transnational, transcultural theatrical Renaissance. Dr. Pangallo has designed and taught courses in early modern literature, dramatic literature, theater history, and book history at Bates College, Mount Holyoke College, Westfield State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Salem State University. He has been the recipient of grants from the Bibliographical Society of the United Kingdom, The Malone Society, and the Shakespeare Association of America, as well as a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship and Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Outside of his academic pursuits, Dr. Pangallo is a director and dramaturge and has worked for Salem Theatre Company as its founding artistic director, Rebel Shakespeare Company, and the Globe Theatre in London. He is also an award-winning book-collector.

MemberMatthew J.M. Coomber

Amos and Micah Through the Centuries. Blackwell Bible Commentaries. Oxford: Wiley
Blackwell, forthcoming (under contract)

Re-Reading the Prophets through Corporate Globalization: A Cultural-Evolutionary
Approach to Understanding Economic Injustice in the Hebrew Bible.
Piscataway, New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2010

Edited Books
Fortress Commentary on the Bible: Old Testament and Apocrypha. Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2014

Bible and Justice: Ancient Texts, Modern Challenges. New York: Routledge,…