Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Steering Committee, 2014-16


Seth Garfield, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Historical Studies, 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.

Program Coordinator, 2015-16

Brian Levack, John E. Green Regents Professor in History, writes on the legal, political, and religious history of early modern Britain. His books include The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641; The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union; and Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion. His most recent book is The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West. He is currently writing a book on the development of trust in public institutions in early modern Britain and colonial America. Professor Levack’s faculty web page.

Steering Committee

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.

Mark Atwood Lawrence, Associate Professor of History and Distinguished Fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin, is the author of two books, Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005) and The Vietnam War: A Concise International History (Oxford University Press, 2008), and the co-editor The First Indochina War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2007), a collection of essays about the 1946-1954 conflict, and Nation-States and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History (Oxford University Press (May 2, 2013). He is now at work on a study of U.S. policymaking toward the developing world in the 1960s and early 1970s. Professor Lawrence’s faculty web page.

Tatjana Lichtenstein, Assistant Professor of History, holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Brandeis University, and the University of Copenhagen. Before coming to UT, she was the Schusterman Teaching Fellow in Jewish Studies at American University, Washington D.C. Her research interests include twentieth century Eastern European history with a focus on nationalism, minorities, and war and genocide.  Her book on Zionists in Czechoslovakia between the World Wars is forthcoming with Indiana University Press.  Her articles on this topic have appeared in Austrian History Yearbook and East European Jewish Affairs. Professor Lichtenstein's faculty web page.

Cynthia Talbot, Associate Professor of History, is the author of Precolonial India in Practice: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra (Oxford University Press, 2001); co-author of India before Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and editor of Knowing India: Colonial and Modern Constructions of the Past (Yoda Press, 2011).  She recently completed a book on historical traditions relating to the twelfth-century king Prithviraj Chauhan, and is currently researching family histories of high-ranking Hindu warriors in the Mughal empire,ca 1590-1690. Professor Talbot's faculty web page.

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