Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Steering Committee, 2016-17


Seth Garfield, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies at UT Austin, is the author of Indigenous Struggle at the Heart of Brazil: State Policy, Frontier Expansion, and the Xavante Indians, 1937-1988 (Duke University Press, 2001); and In Search of the Amazon: Brazil, the United States, and the Nature of a Region (Duke University Press, 2013).  His research interests include the study of race and ethnicity, political ecology, and commodity chains in modern Latin America. Professor Garfield's faculty web page.

Steering Committee

Sumit Guha is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History, and is the author of several books including Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present (Brill, 2013), Environment and Ethnicity in India, 1200-1991 (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Health and Population in South Asia from Earliest Times to the Present (Hurst & Co Ltd., 2001), and The Agrarian Economy of the Bombay Deccan 1818-1941 (Oxford University Press, 1985). He is a Faculty Fellow at IHS in 2016-17. Professor Guha's faculty web page.

Neil D. Kamil, Associate Professor of History, is the author of Fortress of the Soul: Violence, Metaphysics, and Material Life in the Huguenots’ New World, 1517-1751 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005). He teaches the history and culture of the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century, with special emphasis on art and material culture, artisans, and the history of science. He is currently working on a book titled “Artisans of ‘Inventive Genius’: Atlantic Refugees, Niche Economies, and Portable Devices in the Manufacture of Polite Matter, 1640-1789.” Professor Kamil's faculty web page.

Mary Neuburger is a Professor of History, Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), and Chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies. She is the author of The Orient Within: Muslim Minorities and the Negotiation of Nationhood in Modern Bulgaria (Cornell 2004), and Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria (Cornell, 2012). Dr. Neuburger is also the co-editor with Paulina Bren of Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe (Oxford, 2012) and has authored numerous articles on Bulgarian history on topics ranging from gender and material culture, to ethnic identity, and consumption. She is currently co-editor with Dr. Richard Evans of the Journal of Contemporary History. She is currently a Faculty Fellow at IHS this year. Professor Neuburger's faculty web page.

Megan Raby is Assistant Professor of History. Dr. Raby received her Ph.D. in the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution Archives and the National Museum of American History in 2013. She has published articles in Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society, and Environmental History. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science." She is a 2016-17 Faculty Fellow at IHS. Professor Raby's faculty web page.

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