Shigeru Akita is Professor of British Imperial History in the Department of World History at
Gareth Austin is a reader in economic history, London School of Economics. His main interests are African, comparative and global economic history. Earlier jobs included lecturing in the history department of the
Sven Beckert is Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie (Cambridge University Press, 2001), an economic, social and political history of New York's economic elite and numerous articles on various themes in nineteenth-century history. His research and teaching focuses on the nineteenth-century United States, with particular emphasis on social and economic history. He teaches and writes on the history of capitalism, both in the United States and elsewhere, on the history of American business, on the history of labor in the United States, and on the Gilded Age. He is in particular interested in transnational perspectives on United States history and currently at work on a global history of cotton, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Selçuk Esenbel is professor of history in the Department of History, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. She is also in charge of East Asian Studies there, including the Japanese and Chinese language programs. Her publications include Even the Gods Rebel: Peasants of Takaino and the 1871 Nakano Uprising (1998); "The People of Tokugawa Japan: The State of the Field in Early Modern Social/Economic History," Early Modern Japan (Spring 2002); and The Rising Sun and the Turkish Crescent: New Perspectives on Japanese Turkish Relations (2003), with Inaba Chiharu.
John D. French
An expert on Brazilian labor and politics, John D. French (B.A. Amherst 1975; Ph.D. Yale 1985) is the author of The Brazilian Workers' ABC: Class Conflict and Alliances in Modern São Paulo (1992) and Drowning in Laws: Labor Law and Brazilian Political Culture (2004), as well as an edited book, The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers (1997). He is currently finishing two book manuscripts: "The Origin of Brazil's Lula: From Trade Unionism to the Brazilian Presidency," and "Globalizing Protest and Policy: Neo-Liberalism, Worker Rights, and the Rise of Alt-Global Politics."
Marnie Hughes-Warrington is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the author of Fifty Key Thinkers on History (2000, 2007), 'How Good an Historian Shall I Be?: R. G. Collingwood, the Historical Imagination and Education (2003) and History Goes to the Movies (2007) and editor of Palgrave Advances in World Histories (2005). She is currently undertaking an Australian Research Council funded project on the reception of Hegel's and Kant's political philosophies in the UK and Australia.
Jie-Hyun Lim is Professor of History and director of the RICH (Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture) at
Diego Olstein is Lecturer in History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He was a Visiting Scholar at the C.S.I.C.,
Jürgen Osterhammel (Dr.phil.,
Kenneth Pomeranz is UCI's Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. Among other works, he is the author of The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (Princeton University Press, 2000); "Ritual Imitation and Political Identity in North China: The late Imperial Legacy and the Chinese National State Revisited," Twentieth Century China (formerly Republican China) 23:1 Fall, 1997; and The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853-1937 (University of California Press, 1993).
Dominic Sachsenmaier is Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. His main current research interests are Chinese and Western approaches to global history, as well as the impact of World War I on political and intellectual cultures in China and other parts of the world. He has published in fields such as 17th-century Sino-Western cultural relations, overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, and multiple modernities. Sachsenmaier is the co-convenor of a Sawyer seminar series (sponsored by the Mellon Foundation) on “Environment and Health in China and India.” He also heads a research team exploring Chinese debates on globalization and history, located at Fudan University/Shanghai.
Ricardo Salvatore (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Texas) is a Professor at the Universidad Torcuato De Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the author of Wandering Paysansos: State Order and Subaltern Experience in Buenos Aires during the Rosas Era (Duke University Press, 2003) and Imágenes de un imperio. Estados Unidos y las formas de representación de América Latina (Sudamericana, 2006). He has collaborated on several edited collections, including The Birth of the Penitentiary in Latin America, 1830-1940 (Texas University Press, 1996), Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of US-Latin American Relations (Duke University Press, 1998), and Crime and Punishment in Latin America: Law and Society since Late Colonial Times (Duke University Press, 2001). This year he will publish his next book, Los lugares del saber (Beatriz Viterbo, 2007). He has also published numerous articles in Argentine and North American journals, including Economic History, Social Science History, International Review of Social History, American Quarterly, Comparative American Studies, Hispanic American Historial Review, Interventions, and Journal of Interdisciplinary History. And he has recently edited Culturas Imperiales. Experiencia y representación en America, Asia y Africa (Beatriz Viterbo, 2005). His current research project focuses on U.S. intellectual enterprises in Latin America during the period 1890-1945.
David Simo is Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Culture at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon. Born and raised in Bafoussam, he received his education in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, France, and Germany. He has published on German and African literature, on problems of identity constructions in Africa and in Germany, and on postcolonial theory.
Jerome Teelucksingh is a lecturer in Caribbean and European Histories at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. During the past five years, he has assisted in the organization of a number of scholarly seminars focusing on West Indian personalities.
Professor of History
Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal
Ibrahima Thioub is Professor of Modern and Contemporary African History at Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD). Head of the History Department of UCAD, he is the Coordinator of the Pôle d'Excellence Régional "Esclavages et Traites : communautés, frontières et
identités." He edited Patrimoines et sources historiques en Afrique, Union académique internationale, UCAD, 2007.
Marcel van der Linden
Marcel van der Linden is Research Director of the International Institute of Social History and Professor of Social Movement History in Amsterdam, and President of the International Social History Association (2005-10). His book, Workers of the World: Essays in Global Labor History, is forthcoming.
Q. Edward Wang
Q. Edward Wang is Professor of History at Rowan University and at Peking University. Born and raised in Shanghai, he received his education partly in China and partly in the United States. His main publications include Inventing China through History: The May Fourth Approach to Historiography (2001) and A Global History of Modern Historiography (coauthored with Georg Iggers, 2008). He is secretary general of the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography.
Bénédicte Zimmermann is professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Her main research interests are in the comparative history and sociology of work and categories of social organization. Among her recent publications are: Le travail et la nation. Histoire croisée de la France et de l’Allemagne, (with C. Didry and P. Wagner, Paris, Ed. Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 1999); Les sciences sociales à l’épreuve de l’action. Le savant, le politique et l’Europe (Paris, Ed. Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 2004); and De la comparaison à l’histoire croisée (with M. Werner, Paris, Seuil, 2004).