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Mentorship Program





What is it?

"Hey, I Know Your Work!" Mentorship Program is designed to connect graduate students, recent graduates, or those in the early stages of their career with established scholars to discuss their research, professional aspirations, or simply to get acquainted. 

In 2016 the Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) has partnered with the OAH to provide mentors to those interested in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Look out for SHGAPE endorsed mentors in the listing.

How does it work?


Many attendee's recall being lonely and even a bit isolated at a large academic conference and seeing that name tag in the elevator or hotel corridor and wishing for an introduction. This program takes the awkwardness out of those introductions and helps forge professional and personal relationships.

How do I become a mentor?

Volunteer mentors will be accepted in November, 2015.  At that time mentors can contact the meetings department at meetings@oah.org with their contact information, including their title, interest area, and brief bio. Their information will be made available to potential mentees who will select those mentors that they feel are most compatible to their interests or professional aspirations.

How do I become a mentee?

Volunteer mentees will be accepted in January, 2016. Mentees will be asked to submit their contact information, including a short bio, and their top three mentors. Mentors will only be able to meet with up to 3 mentees, those slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. 
Please see the list of mentors below and email your selection and information to meetings@oah.org

What 2014 mentees said... "I had a great experience with this program. I met with Katherine Ott, a museum curator. It was great to have an opportunity to talk about my project with her. The meeting gave me the opportunity to think more broadly about my dissertation and career possibilities outside academia. She had great suggestions of people I should contact and various projects I should consider."
Allison Lange, PhD Candidate in History, Brandeis University

"What I gained from the experience was a glimpse into what history departments are looking for when they conduct searches for new faculty and how I can set myself apart from other job candidates. I was challenged to aim high in my research and publication goals, and that's what I need as someone who has yet to graduate and go on the job market."
Joseph Ross, PhD Candidate, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

"I participated in the mentorship program, and was very happy with the outcome. I met Gabriela Arredondo. I would have met her regardless because she ended up chairing a panel where a friend of mine was one of the panelists, but because of the "Hey, I Know Your Work!" program, she spent an hour talking with me one-on-one, providing incredibly helpful feedback on my own dissertation proposal (I'm about to defend in two weeks) and a number of helpful career tips along the way. She was very gracious, and I really appreciated getting an outside perspective as well as practical suggestions for an aspiring historian."
Michael Staudenmeier, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign 

"I was glad to be part of this year's mentorship program. Overall I thought it was a great experience. I was able to ask questions about the academic job market, make connections with professors who offered to provide future guidance, and discuss my own work with a seasoned scholar."
Jamie Goodall, PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University 

"My experience at OAH was fantastic. It was my first time attending the conference and I will certainly be back. The highlight for me was meeting with Professor Hoffer from the University of Georgia. He was very helpful and provided me with valuable feedback on my own writing. He seemed truly interested in offering his expertise in the field. I appreciate his critique and suggestions for further areas of research. I believe "Hey I Know Your Work" is a great opportunity for graduate students to learn from the best. From this experience, I feel confident that I could call upon Professor Hoffer for advice again in the future."
Rhonda K. Webb, Georgia State University

What 2014 mentors said... "Thanks for your work on this program. It was very valuable...I ended up taking each mentee off-site for a meal and a longer visit, which was good. I also attended each of their paper presentations, which allowed me to speak more directly to their work. I enjoyed meeting and talking with both of them. And I believe that my perspective—as an external person not on their dissertation committee or at their university—was helpful to both of them."
Amy Sayward, History Professor, Middle Tennessee State University

"I thoroughly enjoyed the mentoring conversation which ended up being an extended lunch.  I feel like I learned a lot and gained a new young colleague who I will stay in touch with. Thank you for the opportunity."
James W. Fraser, Professor of History and Education, New York University

"I met [my mentee] as we had arranged, and we had a good 45-minute conversation about his work, about history generally, about graduate school, and about the profession. I was glad to do it. I had some sense that he too found it useful and, perhaps best, simply liked the idea of meeting a historian he would have been far too shy to contact on his own, as I certainly was when I was a graduate student. The thought of writing to a Yale historian to ask for a conversation when I was a Ph.D. student at Minnesota was something one just didn't entertain."
Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies, Yale University Adjunct Research Professor of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

"My "mentee" and I were scheduled to meet for a half hour or so. But with so much to talk about, we spoke for an hour and a quarter. Were it not for another meeting looming that I had to tear away and rush out to, we might have spoken for another hour! It's a great new program--I hope it is now a regular feature of the OAH meetings."
Stephen Ortiz, Associate Professor, 20th Century U.S., Political History, War and Society, National Security, Binghamton University (SUNY)

MENTORS (in alphabetical order by last name)
Kenneth J. Bindas

Professor & Chairperson of History at Kent State University

Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas specializes in modern American Cultural and Intellectual history and has written widely on the intersection of politics, culture, and class during the Depression era. His books include A Secular Reformation: The Apotheosis of Modernity, 1930-1941 (forthcoming, University Press of Kansas); The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939 (co-written with my students, Kent State University Press, 2013); Remembering the Great Depression in the Rural South (University Press of Florida, 2007); Swing, That Modern Sound: The Cultural Context of Swing Music in America, 1935 – 1947 (University Press of Mississippi, 2001); and All of This Music Belongs to the Nation: The WPA's Federal Music Project and American Society, 1935 – 1939 (University of Tennessee Press, 1996).

He also worked as producer for a local PBS broadcast documentary May 4th Voices (2013), as well as producer, writer, and assistant director for a PBS documentary entitled Invisible Struggles: Stories of Northern Segregation (2007). 


Jon Butler

OAH President, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies, Yale University
Adjunct Research Professor of History
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Jon Butler is the president of the Organization of American Historians and his books include Power, Authority, and the Origins of American Denominational Order; The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society; Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People; Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776; and a book co-authored with Grant Wacker and Randall Balmer, Religion in American Life: A Short History.

Peter Cole



Professor of History
Western Illinois University



Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University. His areas of interest include: comparative US and South African history, labor history, African and African American history, social movements, maritime history, and cities. Currently he is writing a book entitled Dockworker Power: Struggles in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. Other publictions include: Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia (University of Illinois Press); Ben Fletcher: The Life & Times of a Black Wobbly (Charles H. Kerr Press). He also holds an appointment as a Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Jim Cullen


Chair, History Deptartment,
Ethical Culture Fieldston School


Jim Cullen is Chair of the History Dept. at the Fieldston School in New York. He is the author of many books, among them The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation (Oxford, 2003), Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions (Oxford, 2013) and the anonymously written The Secret Life of Teachers (Chicago, 2015). He has also written a number of textbooks, among them the forthcoming Democratic Empire: The United States Since 1945 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). Jim holds his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University, which he received in 1992.
Daniel Feller


Professor of History and Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
Editor/Director, The Papers of Andrew Jackson University of Tennessee


Daniel Feller is Professor of History and Editor/Director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His books include The Jacksonian Promise, The Public Lands in Jacksonian Politics, and a new edition of Harriet Martineau's 1838 American tour
narrative, Retrospect of Western Travel. Feller was the lead scholar for the television documentary Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency, and has been featured on the shows History Detectives, Ten Things You Don't Know About, and Who Do You Think You Are? Feller and his team have published three volumes of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, covering Jackson's presidency from 1829 through 1831.

Paul Finkelman


Senior Fellow
Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism
University of Pennsylvania
and Scholars Advisory Panel National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Paul Finkelman is the Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and is a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Program in Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism. He specializes in legal and constitutional history, slavery and anti-slavery, race relations, antebellum politics, religion and religious freedom, American Jewish history, and baseball and law. His work has been cited in four U.S. Supreme Court opinions. He is the author or editor of more than 40 books and the author of more than 200 scholarly articles. He is the editor of a book series at three different presses (Ohio University Press, University of Georgia Press, and Routledge), serves on the board of advisers of Carolina Academic Press, is on the editorial board of Reviews in American History, and is a scholarly adviser to the National Constitution Center. His op-eds and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Huffington Post, the Root.com and in numerous other print and electronic journals and papers. 
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Anne L. Foster


Associate Professor of History
Faculty member, Multidisciplinary Studies
Department of History
Indiana State University





Areas of interest include US in the World, U.S. imperialism, and history of drugs.

Bio: I have taught at Indiana State University since 2003, and before that taught at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH. I am author of several articles, the book Projections of Power: The United States and Europe in Colonial Southeast Asia (Duke, 2010) and co-editor of The American Colonial State in the Philippines (Duke, 2003). I also edit (with Nick Cullather) the journal Diplomatic History.
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James W. Fraser


Professor of History and Education
Chair, Department of Humanities and the Social Sciences in the Professions
New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development



Fraser is an historian of education. His colleagues in the History of Education Society elected him as the society's president for 2013-2014. Author or editor of eleven books, Fraser's most recent book is By the People: A History of the United States (Pearson, 2015). A revised second edition of his Between Church and State: Religion and Public Education in a Multicultural America will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in the spring of 2016. His current research interests include the place of religion in K-12 schools around the globe, the recent—and fast changing—history of the ways teachers are taught in the United States, and the ongoing discussions about the teaching of U.S. History in middle and high schools in the United States.
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Cheryl Greenberg


Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History
Trinity College



African American history, Black/Jewish relations, and race (although at the moment working on a project about African Americans and Gay Marriage, and another on Civil Rights groups' views of civil liberties versus protection of minorities).
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Julie Greene


Co-Director, Center for the History of the New America
Professor of History
University of Maryland at College Park


Julie Greene specializes in United States labor and working-class history. Her research and teaching interests span across immigration and political history, the history of empire, and transnational approaches to the history of the Americas. She is the author of The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (Penguin Press, 2009), The Canal Builders, which the OAH awarded with the 2009 James A. Rawley Prize, and Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 1881-1917 (Cambridge, 1998); co-editor, with Eric Arnesen and Bruce Laurie, of Labor Histories: Class, Politics, and the Diversity of the Working-Class Experience (Illinois, 1998); and associate editor, with Eileen Boris, John French, Joan Sangster, and Shelton Stromquist (with Leon Fink as editor), of Workers, the Nation-State, and Beyond: Essays in the Labor History of the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2011). With Ira Berlin, Greene is co-founder and co-director of the Center for the History of the New America at the University of Maryland. 
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Rebecca Hill


Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
& Director, American Studies Programs, Kennesaw State University


Rebecca Hill is associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and director of the Master of Arts in American Studies and coordinator of the undergraduate minor in American Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Her research interests include social movement history, prisons, policing, racial formation and gender studies, with particular interest in counter-culture, popular culture, and representations of violence as they appear in or are mobilized through political activism. She is the author of Men, Mobs and Law: Anti-Lynching and Labor Defense in U.S. Radical History (Duke University Press, 2009). She was proud to be part of a forum on the fiftieth anniversary of E.P. Thompson's Making of the English Working Class in Labour/Le Travail; She is currently working on a new book on anti-fascism in U.S. politics and culture from the 1930s to the present.
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David Hochfelder


Associate Professor
Graduate Director
Department of History
University at Albany, SUNY


David Hochfelder is associate professor at University at Albany, SUNY--US historian specializing in Gilded Age and Progressive Era, technology, capitalism, and public/digital history. He is the author of The Telegraph in America, 1832-1920 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). He is presently working on two projects: a book on the history of thrift in the U.S. from Franklin to the Great Recession, and a digital mapping project to digitally reconstruct and repopulate an area of downtown Albany demolished in 1962 to build a futuristic state capitol complex (98acresinalbany.wordpress.com).
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Alan Kraut

Professor of History, American University

Alan M. Kraut specializes in U.S. immigration and ethnic history, the history of medicine in the U.S. and the American Civil War. He co-directs AU's Civil War Institute. He is the prize-winning author or editor of nine books. Most recently he has co-edited Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping the Nation's Immigration Story (2013). His best known volumes include: Silent Travelers: Germs , Genes, and the "immigrant Menace"(1994); The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921 (2nd ed. 2001); and Goldberger's War:The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003). He is a frequent consultant on PBS and History Channel documentaries.
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Patricia Limerick

Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. She holds her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. In 1984, Limerick joined History Department of the University of Colorado, where she was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in 1987 and to Full Professor in 1991. In 1985 she published Desert Passages, followed in 1987 by her best-known work, The Legacy of Conquest, an overview and reinterpretation of Western American history that has stirred up a great deal of both academic and public debate. Limerick is also a prolific essayist, and many of her most notable articles, including "Dancing with Professors: The Trouble with Academic Prose," were collected in 2000 under the title ""Something in the Soil."
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Christopher McKnight Nichols


Assistant Professor of History, Oregon State University
Director, OSU Citizenship and Crisis Initiative


Nichols specializes in the history of the United States and its relationship to the rest of the world, particularly in the areas of isolationism, internationalism, and globalization. His interests include: US and the world, diplomatic, intellectual, political history, religion, Gilded Age and Progressive Era. In addition, he is an expert on modern U.S. intellectual, cultural, and political history, with an emphasis on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (1880-1920) through the present. He is the author of Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age (Harvard UP, 2011, 2015); co-editor and co-author of Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Imminent Secularization from the Puritans to the Present (Oxford UP, 2008); and Senior Editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (Oxford UP, 2013).
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Jennifer L. Morgan

Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University


Jennifer L. Morgan is the author of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in the Making of New World Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004). She is the Chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and is Professor of History in both the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of History. Her research examines the intersections of gender and race in colonial America. She is at work on a project that considers colonial numeracy, racism, and the rise of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the seventeenth-century English Atlantic, tentatively titled Accounting for the Women in Slavery. In that project, she is exploring the underpinnings of racial ideology through an exploration of the origins of the slave trade and those of early Modern capitalism. She is a member of the Executive Board of the OAH, a recent member of the Executive Council of the OIEAHC and the vice president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.
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Kim Nielsen

Acting Director of Disability Studies
Co-Editor, Disability Studies Quarterly
Disability Studies, MS 920 History and Women's & Gender Studies University of Toledo


Since earning her Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa in 1996, Dr. Kim Nielsen's scholarship has centered on historical debates about fitness for civic life. Nielsen's newest book, A Disability History of the United States (Beacon, Oct 2012), is the first analysis of disability throughout United States history and covers the period prior to European arrival through the present. Other books include Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller (Beacon, 2009); Helen Keller: Selected Writings (NYUP, 2005); The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (NYUP, 2004); and Un-American Womanhood: Anti-Radicalism, Anti-Feminism, and the First Red Scare (OSUP, 2001). In 2010 the OAH honored Nielsen by appointing her a Distinguished Lecturer. Other awards include the 2007 A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize of the Southern Association of Women Historians for her article "The Southern Ties of Helen Keller," a Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching, an NEH Summer Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholars Award to the University of Iceland. Nielsen currently chairs the OAH Committee on Disability and Disability History, and was founding president of the Disability History Association.
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Katherine O'Flaherty

Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, The Honors College School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies


Dr. Katherine M. O'Flaherty is Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. She is an immigration historian and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Maine. In addition, Dr. O'Flaherty holds a C.A.S. degree in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Maine. She researches immigration and refugee history from World War II to the present. She is particularly interested in the Cold War period and is currently researching extradition and deportation in the 1980s and early 1990s. She is co-editor of the forthcoming four volume series (Rowman & Littlefield) titled With Honors: Challenges and Promises in the Future of Honors Education. Dr. O'Flaherty currently teaches a range of courses in the Barrett Honors College. She is also affiliated faculty at the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU. Before joining ASU, Dr. O'Flaherty taught in the Honors College and History Department at the University of Maine and at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Maine. 

Margaret O'Mara

Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington

Margaret O'Mara is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington, where she writes and teaches about the economic and political history of the modern United States. Her interests include: 20th c, political history, urban history, history of capitalism, and history of technology.  Professor O'Mara is the author of Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley (Princeton, 2005) and Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century (Penn, 2015). Her current book project is a political and social history of the high-tech revolution, titled Silicon Age: High Technology and the Reinvention of the United States (under contract with Penguin Press). O'Mara earned her MA/PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the Clinton White House and served as a contributing researcher at the Brookings Institution.
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Stephen Ortiz

Associate Professor of History
Binghamton University (SUNY)


Stephen R. Ortiz is an associate professor of history at Binghamton University (SUNY). He is the author of Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era (NYU Press, 2010) and editor of Veterans' Policies, Veterans' Politics: New Perspectives on Veterans in the Modern United States (University Press of Florida, 2012). He is currently working on a new monograph project titled Comrades in Arms: Veterans Organizations and the Politics of National Security in the American Century.
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Katherine Ott

Curator, Division of Medicine and Science
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC



Katherine Ott is a curator in the Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.  She has taught American history as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University, Georgetown University, The American University, the University of MD, Baltimore County, and since 2007 has been an Associate Professorial Lecturer in the American Studies Department at The George Washington University, teaching a graduate methods course in material culture. Ott is the author or co-editor of three books: Scrapbooks in American Life, with Susan Tucker and Patricia Buckler, (Temple University Press, 2006); Artificial Parts and Practical Lives; Modern Histories of Prosthetics, with David Serlin and Stephen Mihm (New York University Press, 2002); and Fevered Lives: Tuberculosis in American Culture Since 1870 (Harvard University Press, 1996). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the history of medicine, the history of disability, and the use of material culture. Among the many exhibits she has curated are: "EveryBody: an Artifact History of Disability in America" Years Ago," (2012)  ; "Whatever Happened to Polio?" (2005—2006) ; "Inventing Ourselves," (2004-2005); "The Disability Rights Movement," (2000-2002). Her curatorial areas include disability, LGBTQ, medicine and the body. She regularly tweets about these topics @amhistcurator.

Tamara Plakins Thornton


Dept. of History
SUNY, Buffalo


Tamara Plakins Thornton is a prefoessor at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Thorton's current research interests include: early republic, capitalism, science and quantification, elites, and mercantile.  She is currently working on her book Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science and the Sea Changed American Life (UNC, April 2016).  Other publications include: "Capitalist Aesthetics: Americans Look at the London and Liverpool Docks," in Capitalism Takes Command: Social Revolution in Nineteenth-Century America, Gary Kornblith and Michael Zakim, eds. (Chicago, 2012), Handwriting in America: A Cultural History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996), Cultivating Gentlemen: The Meaning of Country Life among the Boston Elite, 1785-1860 (Yale , 1989), and "A 'Great Machine' or a 'Beast of Prey': A Boston Corporation and Its Rural Debtors in an Age of Capitalist Transformation," Journal of the Early Republic 27 (Winter 2007): 567-97. She was also awarded the Ralph D. Gray Article Prize by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
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Seth Rockman

Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Seth Rockman teaches and conducts research on the decades between the American Revolution and the Civil War. His 2009 book Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore won several awards, including the Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians. Rockman's essay on the Jacksonian Era appears in the recent American History Now volume published by the American Historical Association.
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Renee Romano

Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies at Oberlin College

Renee Romano is Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies at Oberlin College. She specializes in modern American history, with research interests in the racial politics of the post-WWII United States, African American history, civil rights, and historical memory. She is the author or editor Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America (Harvard University Press, 2003); The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006); Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back(University of Georgia Press, 2012); and Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders (Harvard University Press, 2014). With Claire Potter (The New School), she co-edits the book series, Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America at the University of Georgia Press.
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Suzanne Smith


Professor of History
Internship Director
Department of History and Art History
George Mason University


Suzanne E. Smith received her Ph.D. from Yale University. She specializes in African American history with a particular interest in exploring how the history of African American entrepreneurship can transform our understanding of African American culture. Other interests include: U.S. History: African American, 20th century Cultural History, History of Death in America, and American Popular Music. Her first book, Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit (Harvard University Press, 1999), examines Motown and its relationship to the black community of Detroit and the civil rights movement; it received third prize in the 2000 Ralph Gleason Music Book Award competition for excellence in writing about popular music.  Her second book, To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010), explores the central role of funeral directors in African American life.
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Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Department of Asian American Studies
University of California, Irvine

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is a professor in the Asian American Studies Department at the University of California, Irvine.  Her research interests include: Asian American History, Comparative Racialization and Immigration, Empire and Decolonization, and Gender and Sexuality.  Her publications include: Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity (University of California Press, 2005), Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era (Cornell University Press, 2013); she is the co-editor of Women's America: Refocusing the Past, 8th Edition (Oxford University Press 2015), Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, and "Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race," a book series with Brill.  
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Naoko Wake

Associate professor of history at Michigan State University

Naoko Wake is an associate professor of history at Michigan State University, where she joined the faculty after completing her Ph.D. (2005) at Indiana University, Bloomington. She specializes in the history of gender, sexuality, and medicine in the United States and the Pacific Rim, and she is the author of Private Practices: Harry Stack Sullivan, the Science of Homosexuality, and American Liberalism (Rutgers, 2011) and the co-author (with Shinpei Takeda) of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Beyond the Ocean [Umi wo koeta Hiroshima Nagasaki] (Yururi Books, 2014). She is currently working on her second monograph Bombing Americans: Gender and Trans-Pacific Remembering after World War II. She has also created the largest oral history collection of North and South American survivors of the atomic bombs in the world. She is a recent recipient of the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, and Society grant (co-PI), the Nagasaki Memorial Hall's research grant, and the Association for Asian Studies' Northeast Asia Council grant.
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Amy Wood

Associate Professor at Illinois State University

Amy Wood is an associate professot at Illinios State University.  Her areas of interest include: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era; the U.S. South; History of Criminal Justice; Cultural history, especially popular culture, photography, and film. She is the author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009), which  won the Lillian Smith Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in History. She is also the co-guest editor of the issue of Mississippi Quarterly on lynching, representation, and memory (2008), and the editor of the volume on violence for the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). She is currently working on a book project on cultural ideas about criminality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is co-editing a book, titled Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South. In addition, she is the Executive Secretary of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
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Jeremy Young

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Grand Valley State University

Jeremy C. Young is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Grand Valley State University. He earned his Ph.D. in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. history at Indiana University-Bloomington in July 2013. His interest areas are: Gilded Age and Progressive Era, leadership, social movements, and emotions. His book, The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. His academic work has been published in the Journal of Social History, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and Forest History Today. His historically-themed op-eds have been published in a dozen newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Seattle Times.
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