Guests

Quentin Adams

Quentin Adams is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Houston currently working on Early Modern England, Religious History and Religious Minorities, the Medieval Church and the Ottoman Empire. His forthcoming dissertation is tentatively titled: “Popular Laudianism? The Practice, Reception and Impact of English Arminianism in the Province of York, 1618-1640”

Dr. Joseph Bohling

Joseph Bohling is an assistant professor of history at Portland State University and is the author of The Sober Revolution: Appellation Wine and the Transformation of France (Cornell, 2018). He is currently at work on a book about the politics of energy, economic growth, and climate change in postwar France.

Other publications include:

“Colonial or Continental Power? The Debate over Economic Expansion in Interwar France, 1925-1932,” Contemporary European History 26.2 (May 2017): 217-41.

“The Mendès France Milk Regime: Alcoholism as a Problem of Agricultural Subsidies, 1954-1955,” French Politics, Culture, and Society 32.3 (Winter 2014): 97-120.

“ ‘Drink Better, But Less’: The Rise of France’s Appellation Wine System in the European Community, 1946-1976,” French Historical Studies 37.3 (Summer 2014): 501-30.

Bohling’s shorter essays and reviews may be found in AddictionsAsian Review of World HistoriesEnterprise and SocietyFood and FoodwaysFrench Politics, Culture, and SocietyH-France; History: Reviews of New BooksPortland Monthly; and The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs.

Dr. Robert Buzzanco

Since graduating from Ohio State University Robert Buzzanco has written or edited three books on the Vietnam War and the American homefront. During this period his book Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era was published by Cambridge University Press and won the Stuart L. Bernath prize awarded by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. The companion book Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life is another fantastic work and one of the best books available on the American homefront during this period.

He currently hosts his own podcast the Red and Green Podcast for “scrappy radicals, environmentalists, anti-capitalists, people tired of this system, and anyone who’s angry about anything going on in politics and the economy.”

Dr. Tom Chaffin

Tom Chaffin is the author, most recently, of “Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations (St. Matin’s Press, 2019). Chaffin’s earlier books include Pathfinder: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire and Sea of Gray: The Around-The-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah, and Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary. The author was born and grew up in Atlanta and spent his early professional years in journalism, living in, among other places, Savannah, New York City, San Francisco, and Paris. He holds a B.A. (1977) in English from Georgia State University, an M.A. (1982) in American Studies from New York University, and a Ph.D. in history from Emory University. Chaffin has taught U.S. history and writing at Emory and other universities, and his articles, reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper’s, The Nation, the Oxford American, and other publications. In 2012, he was a Fulbright fellow in Ireland. Chaffin lives in Atlanta.

Dr. Annabelle Dolidon

Annabelle Dolidon received her Ph.D. from UC Davis in 20th-and- 21st century French and Francophone literature, with a designated emphasis in Feminist and Critical Theory. She received her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in French Studies. Dr. Dolidon specializes in post-WWII novels, and has interests in Film Studies and language pedagogy.

Her recent projects focused on contemporary French science fiction, analyzing social structures, utopia and ecocritical aspects of novels and short stories. She still reads and teaches science fiction but her research now takes her to the world of contemporary French comics.

Dr. Sarah Fishman

After graduating from Harvard University, Dr. Fishman went to France where she interviewed wives of French prisoners of war for her first book We Will Wait: Wives of French Prisoners of War 1940 to 1945. From her position at the University of Houston she transitioned to studying juvenile delinquency under Vichy for her 2002 book The Battle for Children: World War Two Youth, Crime and Juvenile Justice in Twentieth Century France. Her most recent work From Vichy to the Sexual Revolution: Gender, Marriage and Family in France 1945 to 1965 moves beyond Vichy and examines how women and children’s lives changed after liberation. I could spend an hour just reading through her CV. So for now I’ll just say she’s very accomplished. In addition to her prolific work on modern French women she co-authored the book France and Its Empire Since 1870 with Alice Conklin and Robert Zaretsky, two major figures in modern French studies.

Dr. Ethan Katz

Professor Katz is an Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book was The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

New in French translation: Juifs et musulmans en France: le poids de la fraternité

Website: www.ethankatz.net

Dr. Catherine Kudlick

After two decades at the University of California, Davis, Catherine Kudlick became Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University in 2012. She has published a number of books and articles in disability history, including Reflections: the Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Postrevolutionary France and “Disability History: Why We Need Another Other” in the American Historical Review. She oversaw completion of Paul Longmore’s posthumously published book, Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity and co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Disability History with Michael Rembis and Kim Nielsen. As director of the Longmore Institute, she directed the public history exhibit “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights” and co-hosts Superfest International Disability Film Festival. Her current work blends research and advocacy in the service of public history where the major goal is pursuing the Longmore Institute’s mission to convince the world that society is better because of disabled people.

Iain MacGregor

As an editor and publisher of nonfiction, Iain MacGregor has over twenty-five years’ experience of working with authors such as Bruce Springsteen, Simon Schama, David Grann, Bob Wioodward and Max Hastings, to name but a very few. He is currently a publisher for the Hachette Publishing – one of France’s biggest media groups. His book A cycling fanatic, Iain is also the author of To Hell on a Bike-Riding Paris-Roubaix, The Toughest Race in Cycling. His book Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth released to critical acclaim. 

Taylor Marrow

Taylor Marrow was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey and attended some of the best public schools in the nation which gave him an appreciation for education. He then attended Indiana University Bloomington and earned a B.A. with a double major in History and telecommunications. He then acquired an M.A. in history from Ball State where he specialized in 20th century U.S. history and a minor in interwar Europe. In fall 2004 his first book was published Reconciling the Past: A Brief History of Race Relations in Muncie, Indiana. Since then he has consistently worked on the history of race relations in the United States. Aside from academics, Taylor has lived an incredible life traveling around the country with a band, bartending, managing a restaurant and leading brown bags at Chemeketa Community College where he hosts conversations on social issues.

Sarah Miles

Sarah K. Miles is a graduate student in history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her dissertation examines radical leftist networks in the francophone Atlantic world, focusing in particular on France, Quebec, Algeria, and the francophone Caribbean. She is interested in the role of publications and intellectuals in fostering transnational solidarity between revolutionary organizations in the late twentieth century.

Dr. Robin Mitchell

Dr. Robin Mitchell is an assistant professor of history at California State University Channel Islands. She received her M.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D from UC Berkeley. Her book Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2020 to critical acclaim. The book explores how black women reflected and embodied colonial French anxieties from the late Ancién Regime into the 19th century.

Lyz Renshaw

Lyz is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Technological University studying rhetoric theory and culture with a focus on media studies particularly narrative, narratology, feminism and video game theory.

Dr. Tara Sewell-Lasater

Tara Sewell-Lasater graduated from the University of Houston in 2020 with a PhD in History. Her research focuses on Hellenistic Egypt, numismatics, and gender, specifically exploring the roles open to royal women in Ptolemaic Egypt and the expressions of female power on coinage. Her dissertation “Becoming Kleopatra: Ptolemaic Royal Marriage, Incest, and the Path to Female Rule,” provides the first overarching and comparative study of Hellenistic Egyptian queens, from the origins of the dynasty to the final ruler, Kleopatra VII. She hopes to turn her dissertation into a book and has two articles forthcoming on Ptolemaic queenship:

 

“A Die Study of the Gold and Silver Coinage of Berenike II, with Numismatic and Historical Commentary,” Revue Numismatique, Forthcoming 2020.

 

 “Arsinoë II and Berenike II: Ptolemaic Vanguards of Queenly Political Power.” In Women in Ancient Egypt: Current Research and Historical Trends, edited by Mariam Ayad. The American University in Cairo Press, Forthcoming 2020/2021.

 

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Dr. Steve Shone

Steve J. Shone received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Riverside in 1992. He has taught at a number of colleges, including Winona State University, Gonzaga University, and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. He is the author of Lysander Spooner: American Anarchist and American Anarchism. He was a contributor to The SAGE Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. His new book, Women of Liberty is a study of the ideas of ten radical, feminist, and anarchist thinkers: Tennie C. Claflin, Noe Itō, Louise Michel, Rose Pesotta, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mollie Steimer, Lois Waisbrooker, Mercy Otis Warren, and Victoria C. Woodhull.

Jo Teeuwisse aka 'The Fake History Hunter

After a career in film & television Jo realised her passion lay elsewhere, shut down her company and became a full time historian specialised in daily life in medieval and 1920s-1940s Europe. She spent the last 2 decades doing research for museums, authors, documentaries, tv drama, movies and has worked in several museums as an educator, exhibit creator and more. Today she runs the popular Fake History Hunter website which exposes fake history online.

Darah Vann Orr

Darah Vann Orr is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston, studying Women, Gender, and Sexuality of the Early Roman Empire. Her dissertation in progress, ‘Rape and Imperialism: Rome’s Violent Conquest of Land and Bodies,’ seeks to explain how the Romans associated sexual violence with warfare. She recently gave a talk for the University of Houston’s Ancient World Research Group titled ‘Myths, Memes, and #Metoo’ where she discussed some of the theoretical background of her dissertation project, explaining how Roman myths and history can be analyzed by using the ideas from the #metoo movement.

Cameron Zinsou

Cameron Zinsou is a doctoral candidate in history at Mississippi State University. His dissertation, “Occupied: The Civilian Experience in Montélimar, 1939-1945,” received the Allan R. Millet Dissertation Research Fellowship in 2017 from the Society for Military History. His article “The Forgotten Story of Operation Anvil” appeared in The New York Times.