Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Steering Committee, 2020-21


Miriam Bodian, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of Dying in the Law of Moses: Crypto-Jewish Martyrdom in the Iberian World (Indiana University Press, 2007) and Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam (Indiana University Press, 1997). Her research interests include the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, post-Expulsion Sephardic Jewry, and Jews and the Reformation. She has been Director of the IHS since 2017. Professor Bodian's faculty web page.

Program Co-Coordinators

Erika M. Bsumek is Associate Professor of History and an affiliated faculty member of American Studies, Asian American Studies, and the Center for Sustainable Development. She is the author of Indian-made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace, 1880-1940 (University of Kansas Press, 2008), and co-editor of Nation-States and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History (Oxford University Press, 2013). Dr. Bsumek teaches courses on the built environment in American history that cover the relationship between geography, climate change, and engineering. She is currently working on a book project titled "Damming Zion: Mormons, Indians, and the Fight over Resources on the Colorado Plateau, 1848-1980." Her research interests are Native American history, environmental history, the history of engineering, and the history of consumption and production. Read more about her workon her faculty profile page.

Megan Raby is Associate Professor of History and Latin American Studies, and a historian of science and the environment whose work emphasizes the transnational connections of science in the US and Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her book American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) explores the relationship between the history of field ecology, the expansion of U.S. hegemony in the circum-Caribbean during the 20th century, and the emergence of the modern concept of biodiversity. She is also the author of articles appearing in the journals Environmental History and Isis, and she was awarded the History of Science Society's Price/Webster Award for best article in 2016. Read more about her work on her faculty profile, and personal home page.

Steering Committee

Bruce J. Hunt is an Associate Professor of History and a historian of modern science, technology, and modern British history. He is the author of Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), and The Maxwellians (Cornell University Press, 1991/1994/2005). His new book Imperial Science: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire is set to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. Read more about his work on his faculty profile and personal home page.

Huaiyin Li is Professor of History and Asian Studies. His books include Village Governance in North China, 1875-1936 (Stanford University Press, 2005); and Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948-2008 (Stanford University Press, 2009), which won the 2009 Cecil B. Currey Book Award, the Association of Third World Studies, the 2010 Robert W. Hamilton Book Runner-up Award, UT Austin an the 2010 CHUS Award for Academic Excellence. In 2013, he published Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing (University of Hawaii Press, 2013), which was a 2014 Robert W. Hamilton Book Runner-up Award, UT Austin. Most recently he published The Making of the Modern Chinese State, 1600-1950 (Routledge, 2020). Learn more about his work on his faculty profile page.

Tracie Matysik, Associate Professor of History, works in the field of modern European intellectual history. At present she is completing a book titled "When Spinoza Met Marx: Experiments in Democratic Activity, 1830-2000 (under contract with University of Chicago Press). She is the author of Reforming the Moral Subject: Ethics and Sexuality in Central Europe, 1890-1930 (Cornell University Press), and is co-editor of German Modernities from Wilhelm to Weimar: A Contest of Futures (Bloomsbury Press). In addition, she has written articles on the histories of Spinozism, psychoanalysis, secularism, subjectivity, international activism, and sexuality. In 2016 she became co-editor of the journal Modern Intellectual History. Read more about Dr. Matysik's work on her faculty home page.

Emilio Zamora is Professor of History. He writes and teaches on the history of Mexicans in the United States, Texas history and oral history, and focuses on the working class and transnational experiences of Mexicans in Texas during the twentieth century. Dr. Zamora is the author of Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas; Mexican Workers and Job Politics during World War II (Texas A&M University Press, 2009), The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 1993), and El Movimiento Obrero Mexicano en el Sur de Texas, 1900-1920 (Secretaría de Educación Pública, 1986). In addition, he has co-edited three anthologies, assisted in the production of a Texas history text, co-authored a Texas history text for high schools, co-edited an Ebook on Tejano history, translated and edited a WWI diary, and written numerous scholarly articles, chapters and essays. Read more about Dr. Zamora's work on his faculty web page.

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