This summer, scholars from Brown University and beyond will be joining us to give content presentation during our summer workshops. Read on to learn more about each scholar, his or her area of expertise, and what each will be speaking about during their presentation.  Explore all of our summer PD options.

African Perspectives in World History

June 28-29, 2018

Jennifer Johnson, Brown University
Session: Algeria’s Struggle for Decolonization

Jennifer Johnson is a historian of Africa, and a specialitist in twentieth-century North Africa. Her research explores questions of nationalism, decolonization, humanitarianism, medicine and public health, and international organizations.

Her first book, The Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), offers a new interpretation of the Algerian War (1954-1962). It foregrounds the centrality of health and humanitarianism to the nationalists’ war effort and shows how the FLN leadership constructed national health care institutions that provided critical care for the population and functioned as a protostate. Moreover, it demonstrates how the FLN’s representatives used postwar rhetoric about rights and national self-determination to legitimize their claims, which led to international recognition of Algerian sovereignty.

Darren Kew, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Session: Conflict and Democracy in Nigeria

Darren is the Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at UMASS Boston, as well as an Associate Professor in the  McCormack Graduate School’s Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance.  Kew studies the relationship between conflict resolution methods and democratic development in Africa. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development. Much of his work focuses on the role of civil society groups in democratic development. He monitored the last three Nigerian elections and the 2007 elections in Sierra Leone.


Implementing The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy

July 26-27, 2018

Alex Winder, Brown University
Session: Jerusalem: Its History and Role in U.S. Policy

Alex Winder received his PhD in May 2017 from the joint program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. His research focuses on policing and crime in British Mandate Palestine, with attention to negotiations and tensions between Arab policemen and Arab communities and between legal and social order. He edited Between Jaffa and Mount Hebron: The Diary of Muhammad ‘Abd al-Hadi al-Shrouf (Institute for Palestine Studies, 2016) and is associate editor of Jerusalem Quarterly.

Peter Krause, Boston College
Session: Making Sense of Syria

Peter Krause’s research and teaching focus on international security, Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, and national movements. His book Rebel Power: Why national Movements Compete, Fight, and Win was just published in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series with Cornell University Press. His co-edited volume Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics was just published with Oxford University Press. He has previously published or forthcoming articles on the causes and effectiveness of terrorism and political violence, why states negotiate with ethno-political organizations, social movements and territorial control, U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, the politics of division within the Palestinian national movement, the war of ideas in the Middle East, and a reassessment of U.S. operations at Tora Bora in 2001.

New Directions in Choices’ U.S. History Series

August 20-21, 2018

Linford Fisher, Brown University
Session: Database of Indigenous Slavery in America

Professor Fisher grew up in the rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2008. He joined the Department of History at Brown in the summer of 2009. Professor Fisher’s research and teaching relate primarily to the cultural and religious history of colonial America and the Atlantic world, including Native Americans, religion, material culture, and Indian and African slavery and servitude. He is the author or co-author of two books and over a dozen articles and book chapters, and is currently writing a book on the history of Native American and African enslavement in the English Atlantic world. He is also the principal investigator of the Database of Indigenous Slavery in the Americas project, which seeks to create a public, crowdsourced, centralized database of Native slavery throughout the Americas and across time. Please note Professor Fisher will be on leave until spring 2019.

Françoise Hamlin, Brown University
Session: TBD

Françoise N. Hamlin (Ph.D. Yale University, 2004) is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies. She primarily teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth century U.S. history, African-American history, and southern history, as well as cultural and Africana Studies. In addition, she co-coordinates partnership activities between Brown and Tougaloo College (MS), such as an annual Civil Rights Spring Break trip for undergraduates. Prior to joining the faculty at Brown, Professor Hamlin was a DuBois-Mandela-Rodney fellow at the University of Michigan (2004-2005), and an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2005-2007). Since then, she has been a Charles Warren Center Fellow at Harvard University (2007-2008), and a Woodrow Wilson-Mellon Fellow (2010-2011).

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