Frances Bernstein is associate professor of history at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She received her doctorate in Russian history from Columbia University in 1998. She teaches courses in Russian and European history, with a special focus on the history of sexuality, history of disease, history of medicine and the body. In 2007 she published The Dictatorship of Sex: Lifestyle Advice for the Soviet Masses (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007). She is currently editing a collected volume on the history of Soviet medicine, which will include her article “‘Behind the Closed Door’: The Politics of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality in Early Soviet Medicine.” Her current research focuses on the culture and politics of disability in the Soviet context. Projects include: Empire of Broken Men: Disability and Medicine at the End of World War Two; “The 1937 Trial of the Deaf-Mutes: Purging Disability During the Great Terror”; and “All the Ward’s a Stage: Disabled Veterans and their Doctors in World War Two Health Plays.”
Education: B.A. with honors, Brown University, 1987, M.A. 1991; Ph.D. 1998, Columbia University.
Areas of Specialization: Russian history, history of sexuality, European women’s history.
Current Research Interests: a book, City of Broken Men: Disability, Memory, and Masculinity at the End of World War Two, and an article “Behind the Closed Door: The Politics of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality in Early Soviet Medicine.”
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I teach a broad range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I specialize in the U.S. foreign policy, the U.S. since World War II and the Sixties. My book, Inventing Vietnam, is an analysis of the failed nation building effort undertaken by the United States in Vietnam and how that failure led to the war. In related research, I have also written on privatization of war and war profiteering, using the invasion of Iraq as a case study.
My more recent research focuses on the Sixties in the U.S. and specifically the counterculture and advent of rock music culture, with a particular emphasis on the role of the college campus. My article, “Campus Rock: Rock Music Culture on the College Campus during the Counterculture Sixties, 1967-8,” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Popular Music Studies.
This project has also taken me into the realm of digital history/digital mapping. Thanks in part to a couple of Mellon Grants at Drew during the spring and summer 2019, I and three research assistants have created an extensive GIS mapping project of rock music during the late sixties. For more information, see my website: jmarloncarter.com.
Wyatt Evans returned to academics following stints as a Peace Corps volunteer and U.S. Army civil affairs officer. Trained as an intellectual and cultural historian, his main areas of interest included collective memory and the interaction of the modern state and the individual. His first book, The Legend of John Wilkes Booth (Kansas, 2004), won the Organization of American Historians’ Avery O. Craven Award in 2005 and Drew University’s Bela Kornitzer Prize in 2007. He is currently at work on a study of Civil War domestic security for Oxford University Press as well as a longer-range project on the “memory of the good” in American history. He is a distinguished lecturer from the OAH speaker series.
Education: B.A. Carnegie-Mellon University, 1980, M.A., Drew University, 1999; Ph.D., 2003.
Areas of Specialization: American intellectual and cultural history, vernacular history and collective memory, conspiracy theory in American history.
Current Research Interests: historical understanding in the digital era and the development of digital literacy using historical topics in the classroom.
Courses Taught: American Civil War, History by the Numbers, Conspiracy Theory in U.S. History, Monsters & Gangsters: Film and the United States in the Great Depression Era, The American West in Myth and History, Creating “America”: Intellectual History of the Early Colonial Period (g).
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Professor Pechilis is an historian of religions who specializes in the study of India and South Asia. She teaches courses in world history, gender and history, and religion and spirituality in late modernity. She has served as Director of the Humanities Program in the College and Director of Arts & Letters in Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Her recent publications in the history of religions that engage translation, history, gender studies and ethnography include the monograph, Interpreting Devotion: The Poetry and Legacy of a Female Bhakti Saint of India (2012), the co-edited volume Re-Figuring the Body: Embodiment in South Asian Religions (2017), and a journal special issue, “Contemporary Images of Hindu Bhakti: Identity and Visuality,” in the Journal of Hindu Studies (2019). Current research includes a volume on devotional visualities. For more information, please go to kpechilis.net.
Jonathan Rose (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is the William R. Kenan Professor of History. His fields of study are British history, intellectual history, and the history of the book. He served as the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, and as the president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. His book The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2001) won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize, and the British Council Prize. He has also published A Companion to the History of the Book (2007), The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (2001), The Revised Orwell (1992), British Literary Publishing Houses 1820-1965 (1991), and The Edwardian Temperament 1895-1919 (1986). He is coeditor of the journal Book History, which won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for the Best New Journal of 1999. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, and he reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement and the Daily Telegraph (London). His most recent books are The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor (Yale UP, 2014), which won the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Prize; and Readers’ Liberation (Oxford UP, 2018).
Education: B.A. in History cum laude (1974), Princeton University. M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1981) in History, University of Pennsylvania.
Areas of specialization: British history and history of the book.
Current research: A global history of reading.
Education: B.A. University of Michigan, 1994, Ph.D., Harvard, 2001.
Areas of Specialization: Early American history, American women’s history, American social history, history of childhood, and the origins of inequality.
Courses Taught: American Revolution, Colonial America, History of Work, History of Childhood, American Women’s History, African American History to 1877.
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John Lenz (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Chair of the Department of Classics. He teaches ancient Greek history, literature, language, philosophy, archaeology, myth, and religion. He is interested in the history of ideas and the legacy of Classical thought in succeeding centuries, the “Classical tradition.” He has presented numerous papers on intellectuals and society in ancient Greece, the transition from paganism to Christianity, and the use of Classics at the time of the founding of the modern Greek state. His interest in the history of ideas led him to utopianism, or the study of how ideas may or may not change history. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Greece and as president of the Bertrand Russell Society. His published articles include “Bertrand Russell and the Greeks,” “Deification of the Philosopher in Ancient Greece,” and contributions to The Dictionary of Art (now Grove Art Online). Read more on his personal page.