Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Steering Committee, 2018-19


Miriam Bodian, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies at UT 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. Professor Bodian's faculty web page.

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Benjamin Claude Brower is Associate Professor of History, UT Austin, and the author of A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902 (Columbia University Press, 2009). A Faculty Fellow at IHS in 2017-2018, he is currently working on two book length projects, one titled “Algeria in Other’s Names: Symbolic Violence and the Colonization of Algeria” and the other “The North African Hajj under French Rule, 1798-1962.” Professor Brower's faculty web page.

Steering Committee

Indrani Chatterjee is Professor of History at UT Austin. Her first monograph examined Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India (Oxford University Press, 1999) in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In addition to 2 edited collections and numerous articles on slavery and the history of the household in the subsequent decade, Indrani also published another monograph titled Forgotten Friends: Monks, Marriages and Memory in Northeast India (Oxford University Press, 2013).  She is currently working on a history of women's wealth. Professor Chatterjee's faculty web page.

Yoav Di-Capua is Associate Professor of History at UT Austin, where he teaches modern Arab Intellectual History. He is the author of Gatekeepers of the Arab Past: Historians and History Writing in Twentieth-Century Egypt (University of California Press, 2009). He served as Editor of a special issue of Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques on the history of trauma, which developed out of the 2015 conference he convened at IHS on “Trauma and History.” Professor Di-Capua's faculty web page.

Neil D. Kamil, Associate Professor of History at UT Austin, 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. A 2017-2018 Faculty Fellow at IHS, 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 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 University Press, 2004), and Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria (Cornell University Press, 2012). Dr. Neuburger is also the co-editor with Paulina Bren of Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe (Oxford University Press, 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. Professor Neuburger's faculty web page.

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