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.

Program Co-Coordinators

Tracie Matysik, Associate Professor of History at UT Austin, 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.

Joan Neuberger
is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies modern Russian culture in social and political context, with a focus on the politics of the arts. She is the author of an eclectic range of publications, including Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St Petersburg, 1900-1914 (University of California Press, 1993), and Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). Her new book, This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia, was published by Cornell University Press in March 2019. She is the Editor of the History Department's public history website, Not Even Past, and co-host, with Christopher S. Rose, of the history podcast series, 15 Minute History. She is also Editor of the Thinking in Public: Public Scholarship at UT Austin website. Professor Neuberger’s faculty web page.

Steering Committee

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.

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.

Alberto A. Martínez - forthcoming

Cynthia Talbot is Professor of History at UT Austin, and the author of Precolonial India in Practice: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra (Oxford University Press, 2001); co-author, with Catherine B. Asher, of India Before Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and editor of Knowing India: Colonial and Modern Constructions of the Past (Yoda Press, 2011). Her latest book is The Last Hindu Emperor: Prithviraj Chauhan and the Indian Past, 1200-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), winner of the A. K. Coomaraswamy book award for 2018 from the Association for Asian Studies. Her research interests include the social and cultural history of medieval and early modern India (ca. 1000-1750), historiography and historical memories, Hindu-Muslim relations, and the emotional regimes of Indian warrior cultures. She was an IHS Faculty Fellow in 2011-2012. Professor Talbot's faculty web page.

Downloadable list of past steering committees.