Participants

Mustafa Aksakal is Associate Professor of History and Nesuhi Ertegün Chair of Modern Turkish Studies at Georgetown University, where he teaches Ottoman and Modern Middle Eastern History. He is the author of The Ottoman Road to War in 1914; “’Holy War Made in Germany’? Ottoman Origins of the 1914 Jihad”; “The Ottoman Empire, in The Cambridge History of the First World War.

Eckart Conze is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Marburg/Germany. He held Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Cambridge, Toronto, Bologna and Utrecht. His main areas of research are the history of international relations (19th to 21st centuries), the history of elites and the aristocracy, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the history of security. He is one of the spokespersons of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) “Dynamics of Security” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). His book publications include Die Suche nach Sicherheit. Eine Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland von 1949 bis in die Gegenwart (Munich: Siedler 2009) and, more recently, Das Auswärtige Amt. Vom Kaiserreich bis zur Gegenwart (Munich: C.H. Beck 2013), Nuclear Fears, Nuclear Threats, and the Cold War of the 1980s (Cambridge: CUP 2017) (with M. Klimke and J. Varon), and Geschichte der Sicherheit. Entwicklung – Themen – Perspektiven (Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2018.

Madeleine Dungy is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2017. Her dissertation focused on international trade politics during the First World War and the early League of Nations. It is the basis for a book she is writing, entitled Seeking International Order: Trade Politics in Europe, 1900-1930. She is also developing a new project on the disjunction between international trade and migration regimes in the twentieth century.

Leila Fawaz is the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies and was the founding director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University. Dr. Fawaz was named a Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor in 2012. She served as President of the Harvard Board of Overseers in 2011, and continues to serve on several governing boards there, as well as on committees for the American Historical Association, Carnegie, and the Comité Scientifique de la Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme at the Université d’Aix-Marseille in France. Dr. Fawaz was named a Carnegie Scholar from 2008 to 2010, and she has held editorial board positions with the American Historical Review, IJMES, and British Middle East Studies Association Review. Among her publications are A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War (Harvard University Press, November 2014); An Occasion for War (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1994); and Merchants and Migrants in Nineteenth Century Beirut (Harvard University Press). Fawaz received a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. She continues with her research on the experience of individuals during World War I in the Middle East.

Carole Fink, Humanities Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at The Ohio State University, has recently published Writing 20th Century International History: Explorations and Examples and the second edition of Cold War: An International History.  She is the author of two prize-winning books, Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews, and International Minority Protection, 1878-1938, and The Genoa Conference: European Diplomacy, 1921-1922 as well as Marc Bloch: A Life in History, which has been translated into six languages.  She has also edited seven books, published some seventy articles, and is currently finishing a book on West German-Israeli relations between 1965 and 1974.

Dónal Hassett is Lecturer in French Political and Cultural History at the University of Bristol. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in June 2016. Originally from Ireland, he holds a Non-Foundation Scholarship at Trinity College Dublin. He has published widely on the legacies of the Great War in the French Empire. He is currently in the process of negotiating a contract with Oxford University Press for the publication of his first monograph, Mobilising Memory: The Great War and the Language of Politics in Colonial Algeria.

Madeleine Herren is full professor of history and director of the Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland. From 2007 to 2012 she co-directed the cluster of excellence “Asia and Europe in a global context” at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. She has written several books, book chapters and journal articles on European and global history of the 19th and 20th centuries, internationalism and the history of international organizations, networks in historical perspective, historiography and intellectual history. Among others, she is the author of (with Martin Rüesch and Christiane Sibille), Transcultural History. Theories, Methods, Sources (Berlin: Springer, 2012),  Internationale Organisationen seit 1865. Eine Globalgeschichte der internationalen Ordnung (Darmstadt: WBG 2009), Fascist Internationalism, in: G. Sluga, P. Clavin (eds.), Internationalisms, A Twenthieth-Century History (https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107477568.010, 2017), and the editor of Networking the International System. Global Histories of International Organizations (Berlin: Springer, 2014)

Axel Jansen is deputy director of the GHI Washington and focuses on United States history and on the transatlantic history of science. He completed an M.A. in history at the University of Oregon and his doctorate and Habilitation at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. He has held a number of fellowships (including a Fulbright at the University of California, Los Angeles and a visiting fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge) and has taught at several universities in the U.S. and in Germany, among them Frankfurt, Tübingen, Heidelberg, and UCLA.

Jan C. Jansen is research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Konstanz. Prior to joining the GHI, he held research and teaching positions in Konstanz, London, and Tunis. His main research interests concern the comparative history of the European colonial empires and decolonization with a particular focus on the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds since the eighteenth to century. His books include Erobern und Erinnern: Symbolpolitik, öffentlicher Raum und französischer Kolonialismus in Algerien, 1830–1950 (Oldenbourg, 2013) and Decolonization: A Short History (with Jürgen Osterhammel, Princeton University Press, 2017). He is currently engaged in a research project on refugees during the age of revolutions.

Anna Karla is a lecturer at Universität zu Köln since 2013. She was a visiting fellow at Columbia University in 2017 and at the GHI in 2015. She received her doctorate from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and EHESS (Paris) in 2013. Her book “Revolution als Zeitgeschichte. Memoiren der Französischen Revolution in der Restaurationszeit” (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht 2014) won the Prize of the German-French Committee of Historians. Her most recent research is founded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. It deals with the politics and economy of material reconstruction and asks how German politics and industrials got involved in Europe-wide reconstruction after World War I.

Jesse Kauffman is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Section at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches courses in central European political, cultural, and military history. He completed his PhD at Stanford under the supervision of James J. Sheehan. His first book, Elusive Alliance: the German Occupation of Poland in World War I, was published in 2015 by Harvard University Press. He is currently working on a second book about the First World War’s eastern front, Blood-Dimmed Tide: Central Europe’s Long Great War, 1905-1921, which is under contract with Harvard.  In 2013, his article “A Sonderweg through Eastern Europe? The Varieties of German Rule in Poland during the two World Wars,” which was co-authored with Winson Chu and Michael Meng, was awarded the Article Prize of the German History Society.

Noriko Kawamura (B.A. Keio University, Japan. Ph.D. University of Washington) is associate professor and teaches U.S. diplomatic and military history and U.S.-East Asian relations at the History Department, Washington State University. Her publications include Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War (University of Washington Press, 2015) and Turbulence in the Pacific: Japanese-U.S. Relations during World War I (Praeger, 2000). She also co-edited an interdisciplinary study, Building New Pathways to Peace (University of Washington Press, 2011). She is currently working on a new book under contract with the University of Washington Press, “Emperor Hirohito’s Cold War: Forging a Japanese-American Alliance.”

Dane Kennedy is Director of the National History Center and the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University.  He is a historian of the British imperial world whose research has ranged from colonial Africa to India to Australia.  His most recent books are The Imperial History Wars: Debating the British Empire (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2016).

Jörn Leonhard is Full Professor in Modern European History at the History Seminar of Freiburg University. He received his Doctorate (1998) and his Habilitation (2004) at the University of Heidelberg. From 1998-2003 he taught as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Oxford University, from 2004-1006 as Reader in West European History at Jena University before coming to Freiburg. From 2007 to 2012 he was one of the Founding Directors of the School of History of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). In 2012/13 he was Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. In 2015 he was elected member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences. In 2016/17 he was Senior Fellow at the Historisches Kolleg Munich to complete his book on Overburdened Peace. A Global History 1918-1923.

His main publications include Liberalismus. Zur historischen Semantik eines europäischen Deutungsmusters (Munich, 2001); Bellizismus und Nation. Kriegsdeutung und Nationalbestimmung in Europa und den Vereinigten Staaten 1750-1914 (Munich, 2008); Empires und Nationalstaaten im 19. Jahrhundert (together with Ulrike von Hirschhausen), (2nd edn. Göttingen, 2010); ed. (together with Ulrike von Hirtschhausen), Comparing Empires. Encounters and Transfers in the Nineteenth an Early Twentieth Century (Göttingen, 2nd edn. 2012); Die Büchse der Pandora. Geschichte des Ersten Weltkriegs (Munich, 5th edn. 2014), English translation: Pandora’s Box. A History of the First World War (Harvard University Press, 2018). His current researches deal with “Der überforderte Frieden. Versailles und die Welt 1918-1923”, English translation: Overburdened Peace. Versailles and the World 1918-1923 – expected publication Fall 2018.

Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Villanova University. A specialist in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russian history, Dr. Lindenmeyr received her her PhD in History from Princeton University.  Her research and publications have focused on the history of charity and social welfare, women’s history, the development of civil society, World War I and the Russian Revolution. She is also an editor for Russia’s Great War and Revolution (Slavica Publishers, 2014-), a series publishing new research by scholars from Russia, Europe, and North America.

Michele Louro is Associate Professor of History at Salem State University, where she specializes in Modern South Asian and World History. Her book, Comrades against Imperialism: Nehru, India and Interwar Internationalism (Cambridge University Press), traces the emergence of anti-imperialist internationalism in the interwar years from the perspective of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru. Her research appears in the Journal of Contemporary History, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the edited volume, The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds and Worldviews. She serves as Treasurer of the World History Association and Managing editor of the Journal of World History.

Jamie Martin is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His current book project, Governing Global Capitalism in the Era of Total War (advance contract, Harvard University Press) investigates the political origins of the earliest international schemes to govern the world economy in the era of the world wars in Europe and the United States. Prior to joining Georgetown, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2016.

Regine Mathias is Professor Emerita of Japanese History, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Her main field of research is Japanese social and economic history of early modern and modern Japan with a focus on mining and labor history. She has extensively published on labor in Japanese coal and ore mines, work and gender in the Meiji- and Taishô period as well as on German-Japanese relations. During the last years she has done research on Japanese mining scrolls, and industrial heritage and identity in Japan. She is a member of the Board of trustees of the Max-Weber Stiftung.

Tosh Minohara is Professor of Diplomacy and Security Studies at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, Kobe University where he has taught since 1999. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Law and Politics, Kobe University in 1998. His first book, Hainichiiminhō to Nichibeikankei [The Japanese Exclusion Act and US-Japan Relations] (Iwanami Shoten, 2002), was awarded the Shimizu Hiroshi Prize by the Japanese Association of American Studies. His most recent research deals with how Japan reacted and dealt with the US-Japan immigration issue (anti-Japanese movement) in the aftermath of the Great War.

Nicholas Mulder is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University. His dissertation is an international history of the origins of economic sanctions in interwar Europe, from the First World War until the late 1940s, based on archival research in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he is conducting dissertation research in Europe as an Alliance Doctoral Fellow based at Sciences Po Paris.

Roberta Pergher is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University. After earning her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 2007, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and a Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has published widely on Italian fascism and settlement policy. Her book Mussolini’s Nation-Empire: Sovereignty and Settlement in Italy’s Borderlands, 1922-1943 appeared with Cambridge University Press in November 2017. Her co-edited volume (with Giulia Albanese), In the Society of Fascists: Acclamation, Acquiescence and Agency in Mussolini’s Italy, was published with Palgrave in 2012. She is now working on a book project on the Alpine front in the First World War.

As of April 2018, Volker Prott is Lecturer in Modern History at Aston University in Birmingham. He had been Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Melbourne (2015–17) and post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of Tuebingen (2013–15). Volker received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 2013. His first book, The Politics of Self-Determination: Remaking Territories and National Identities in Europe, 1917–1923, was published with Oxford University Press in 2016. His current research explores foreign interventions in the Cold War, focussing on the Congo Crisis in the 1960s and the Indo-Pakistani conflict between 1948 and 1972.

Laura Robson (PhD Yale, 2009) is an associate professor of modern Middle Eastern history at Portland State University. Her most recent book, States of Separation: Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (University of California, 2017) explores the history of forced migration, population exchanges, and refugee resettlement in Iraq, Syria, and Palestine during the interwar period. She is also the author of Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine and editor of Minorities and the Modern Arab World: New Perspectives.

Aviel Roshwald is Professor of History at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He is the author of the following books: The Endurance of Nationalism: Ancient Roots and Modern Dilemmas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); Ethnic Nationalism and the Fall of Empires: Central Europe, Russia and the Middle East, 1914-1923 (London: Routledge, 2001); Estranged Bedfellows: Britain and France in the Middle East during the Second World War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990). He is the co-editor, with Richard Stites, of European Culture in the Great War: The Arts, Entertainment, and Propaganda, 1914-1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999). With Matthew D’Auria and Cathie Carmichael, he is a co-editor of The Cambridge History of Nationhood and Nationalism (in progress).

Birgit Schäbler is Professor of Middle East History at the University of Erfurt and since October 2017 director of the OIB. She studied History, Islamic Studies and Political Science at the universities Würzburg, Erlangen and Berkeley, USA. She has held positions and fellowships at Erlangen University, Duke University, Harvard University and Georgia’s Public Liberal Arts University between 1997 and 2002, before returning to Germany. She founded the first trans-regional research platform in Germany in 2008 at the University of Erfurt. Her research interests include currently the relations between Area History and Global History, between the Middle East and Europe, and the research paradigm of “relations” in general, as well as the history of Orientalism and Oriental Studies in Germany, postcolonialism and the question of alterity in Middle Eastern societies from the 19th century to the present.

Claudia Siebrecht is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Sussex and her research interests include the cultural history of war and violence, the history of emotions and visual history. She received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin and she has taught at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  She is the author of The Aesthetics of Loss: German Women’s Art of the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2013), has recently co-edited Parenting and the State in Britain and Europe, 1870-1950: Raising the Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and is currently completing the co-edited volume War: An Emotional History (British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2019). Her new book project is a cultural history of concentration camps.

Leonard V. Smith is Frederick B. Artz Professor of History at Oberlin College, Ohio.  His most recent monograph, Sovereignty at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, will be published in the series “The Greater War, 1912-1923,” edited by Robert Gerwarth for Oxford University Press, in the Spring of 2018. Smith is also the author of The Embattled Self: French Soldiers’ Testimony of the Great War (2007); France and the Great War, 1914-1918 (with Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker, 2003); and Between Mutiny and Obedience: The Case of the French Fifth Infantry Division During World War I (1994).

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is the author and editor of nine books, most recently: The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office (Basic Books, 2017). He also writes frequently for major newspapers and magazines, and he appears often on television and radio. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators.” His professional webpage:  http://jeremisuri.net

Heidrun Tempel is the Deputy Director-General for Research and Academic Relations Policy and Cultural Relations Policy of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. After serving as Ambassador for Dialogue among Civilizations for the Federal Foreign Office, she held the positions of Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Indonesia and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to the Republic of Azerbaijan. Between 2000 and 2007, she was Head of Department at the German Federal Chancellery. From 1994 until 2000, she served as Director of the EU Office of the protestant church in Germany (EKD) in Brussels. Tempel studied national economy, law and political science.

Elizabeth F. Thompson is Professor of History and Mohamed S. Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace at American University in Washington, DC. She co-directed the National Endowment for Humanities’faculty seminar on World War I in the Middle East, and has written two books: Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East and Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon. Thompson is now completing a book on the Allies’ suppression of liberal democracy in the Middle East and the consequent rise of Islamism after World War I, to appear with Grove-Atlantic Press in 2019.

Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia he taught at Yale and the University of Cambridge. He is best known for three prizewinning books Deluge: the Great War and the remaking of the global order (2014), Wages of Destruction: the making and breaking of the Nazi economy (2006) and Statistics and the German State: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge (2001). His history of the financial crisis of 2008 and after, Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world, will appear in August 2018.

Sean Wempe received his doctorate from Emory University in Spring 2015. Although currently a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington State University, Wempe will be joining California State University-Bakersfield in Fall 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Modern European History. His first book, Revenants of the German Empire: Colonial Germans, the League of Nations, and the Redefinition of Imperialism, 1919-1933, is in production and is scheduled for a 2019 release with Oxford University Press. Framed by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, the formation of the League of Nations Mandates System, the 1925 Locarno Conference, and the Manchurian Crisis of the early 1930s, his work explores how German men and women from Germany’s former African colonies exploited transnational opportunities to recover, renovate and market their understandings of European colonial aims in order to reestablish themselves as “experts” and “fellow civilizers” in European and American discourses on citizenship, nationalism, and imperialism.”

Miklós Zeidler is associate professor at the Eötvös Loránd University where he started teaching in 1998. In addition, he joined the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2014 as a part-time senoir research fellow. He received his Ph.D. from the Eötvös Loránd University in 2001. His first book „A revíziós gondolat” (Budapest: Osiris 2001) has since been published in English in a revised and augmented edition: “Ideas on Territorial Revision in Hungary 1920–1945” (Boulder, Co.: Social Science Monographs 2007). His most recent research deals with the relations between Hungary and the League of Nations (1920-1940).