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Seth Garfield, Director GAR 1.104, Mailcode B7000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3261

Steering Committee, 2013-14


Seth Garfield, Associate Professor 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.

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Yoav Di-Capua, Associate Professor, is the author of Gatekeepers of the Arab Past: Historians and History Writing in Twentieth-Century Egypt (University of California Press, 2009).  His next book, "Bad Faith: Arab intellectuals, Jean-Paul Sartre and Decolonization," is currently in progress. His research interests focus on modern Arab intellectual history. Professor Di-Capua’s faculty web page.

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Erika Bsumek, Associate Professor, 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). She is currently working on a book project titled "The Concrete West: Engineering Place, Culture, and Society in the Arid West, 1900-1970." Her research interests are Native American history, the history of the consumption and production of both manufactured and handmade goods in the United States, and on the history of anthropology. Professor Bsumek’s faculty web page.

Indrani Chatterjee, Professor, is the author of Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Forgotten Friends: Monks, Marriages, Memories of Northeast India (Oxford University Press, 2013). Her research interests focus on how wealth travelled between and within monastic lineages in early twentieth-century India and in excavating a new history of wealth. Professor Chatterjee’s faculty web page.

Brian Levack, John E. Green Regents Professor in History and Distinguished Teaching Professor, is the author of several works, including The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641: A Political Study (Clarendon Press, 1973), The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707 (Clarendon Press, 1987), The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (Longman, 3rd edition, 2006), and Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion (Routledge, 2008). His current research interests focus on demonic possession in early modern Europe.  Professor Levack’s faculty web page.

Mark Metzler, Associate Professor, is the author of Lever of Empire: The International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan (University of California Press, 2006) and Capital as Will and Imagination: Schumpeter's Guide to the Postwar Japanese Miracle (Cornell University Press, 2013). His current research interests focus on the long durée history of Japan in its wider East Asian and global contexts. Professor Metzler’s faculty web page.

Downloadable list of previous steering committees (PDF, 20K)

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