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Global Humanitites Institute

External Advisory Board

The work of the Global Humanities Institute is guided through collaboration with our internal and external advisory boards. The list below includes experts in the fields of Global Studies, Global Humanities, and Humanities Centers who work outside of Montgomery College.

Ann Ardis

Ann L. Ardis
Interim Deputy Provost and Director, Interdisciplinary Research Center
University of Delaware

Ann Ardis (B.A. University of Kansas, 1979; M.A., Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1988) has published extensively on turn-of-the-twentieth-century British literature and culture. Her first book, New Women, New Novels: Feminism and Early Modernism (Rutgers, 1990), on representations of the "New Woman" in British fiction and the popular press, considered how and why these immensely popular (and controversial) narratives were moved to the margins of the historical record as modernism came to be seen as the aesthetic of modernity. Her second book, Modernism and Cultural Conflict: 1880-1922 (Cambridge, 2002; reprinted in paper, 2008) focused more broadly on a variety of changes in the public sphere related to the "rise" of literary modernism: e.g., the consolidation of modern disciplinary distinctions, the emergence and decline of film and music hall theatre, and the debates about literature's role in culture generated by socialism and feminism. The anthology she co-edited with Leslie Lewis, Women's Experience of Modernity, 1875-1945 (Johns Hopkins, 2002), also works across and between disciplinary and high/low culture divides. While it includes essays on women's efforts to negotiate the literary marketplace, most of the volume's contributors work with a far broader palate of cultural textsÑperiodical press journalism, political pamphlets, sexual advice manuals, gynecology textbooks, psychological treatises. With Bonnie Kime Scott, she co-edited Virginia Woolf Turning the Centuries (Pace, 2002).

Professor Ardis' most recent work is on the "mediamorphosis" (Roger Fidler's phrasing) of print at the turn of the twentieth century. With Patrick Collier, a recent UD Ph.D., she has hosted a symposium on "Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms," and co-edited a collection of essays on that topoic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). A 2011 symposium on transatlantic print culture has resulted in special issues of Modernism/modernity, "Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic/Transnational Public Sphere(s)" (vol 19, no 3, September 2012) and the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (vol 3, no 2, 2012). Professor Ardis is currently developing a book, tentatively entitled Before the Great Divides: Magazines, Modernisms, Modernities, about the transformations of print media and the literary marketplace at the turn of the twentieth century in relation to both the professionalization of "English studies" as an academic discipline and re-conceptualizations of the public sphere undertaken by the historical avant-garde and by radical social movements in the UK and the US (women's suffrage, the New Negro Movement, socialism) as the latter embedded the arts in larger projects of socio-economic "uplift." An outtake of this project, "Making Middlebrow Culture, Making Middlebrow Literary Texts Matter: The Crisis, Easter 1912," was published in Modernist Cultures in 2011.

The syllabus for her course, "Modernism In and Beyond the Little Magazines," is posted on the Modernist Journal Project's website.
 

Christine Chin

Christine B. N. Chin, PhD
Associate Professor School of International Service
Director, graduate studies
American University

Dr. Chin's research and teaching interests are in the political economy of transnational migration, Southeast Asian studies and intercultural relations. She is the author of In Service and Servitude: Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian 'Modernity' Project, and has published in international academic journals such as International Feminist Journal of Politics, Third World Quarterly, and International Studies Perspective. Her most recent book, Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea, examines the relationship between flag states, cruise lines, port communities, middle class consumers and foreign migrant workers in the global expansion of cruise tourism. Her current research project focuses on the relationship between transnational migrant labour and communities in global cities. Dr. Chin is the recipient of various teaching awards at the school and university levels: the most recent is American University's 2010 Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment Award.

Professor Chin's research and teaching interests are in the political economy of transnational migration, Southeast Asian studies and intercultural relations. Selected publications: Cruising in the Global Economy: Profits, Pleasure and Work at Sea. Ashgate Press, 2008. "Diversification and Privatization": Securing Insecurities in the Receiving Country of Malaysia in Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 9, 4 (2008): 285-303. "Labour Flexibilisation at Sea: The 'Mini U[nited] N[ations] Crew on Cruise Ships"in International Feminist Journal of Politics 10, 1 (2008): 1 Ð 18. 2007). In Service and Servitude: Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian 'Modernity' Project. Columbia University Press, 1988. Areas of Expertise: Global tourism, international migration, gender and development in Southeast Asia, intercultural communication, international education
 

Peter Coclanis

Peter Coclanis, PhD
Associate Provost, International Affairs
Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost FedEx Global Education Center
UNC Chapel Hill

As Associate Provost, Peter Coclanis is responsible for leading strategy planning for the international efforts at the University and for coordination of the University's international activities. He served as Associate Dean for General Education at UNC from 1993 to 1998, and chaired the History Department from July 1, 1998 through December 31, 2003. He is also an adjunct professor in Economics and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Asian Studies.

Peter A. Coclanis is the Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History and the director of the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous works in U.S. and international economic history, including The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920 (1989); with David L. Carlton, The South, the Nation, and the World: Perspectives on Southern Economic Development (2003); and Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Globalization in Southeast Asia over la Longue DurŽe (2006).

Coclanis was born in Chicago and took his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1984, joining the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill that same year. He works in the fields of American, international, and Southeast Asian economic history, and has published widely in these fields.
 

Clay Hickson

Clay E. Hickson
Executive Director, TowsonGlobal

Clay E. Hickson is Director of TowsonGlobal Business Incubator, Towson University's incubator for early-stage companies. Previously, Mr. Hickson was managing Director of Rhoton Hill Group, a management consulting firm he established, which provided international marketing, corporate communications, strategic planning and cross-cultural communications services. He also served as Director International Business Services for International Technology and Trade Associates, Director of International Programs for the World Trade Center Boston and Account Director with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Taiwan). He worked with the 1993 Seattle Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Burson-Marsteller, the National Crime Prevention Council, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and US-Philippine Business Committee. Mr. Hickson is Chairman Emeritus of the Maryland-China Business Council and served as the Council's Chairman and President for nine years. He also sits on the board of directors and serves as Secretary of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and serves as Secretary of the Asian Arts and Culture Center advisory board. Mr. Hickson is a member of the Maryland Business Incubation Association and serves as Vice President.

Mr. Hickson has developed and taught training programs, seminars and college courses that have prepared executives for doing business in international environments. He has taught graduate and undergraduate economics courses for the University of Phoenix Online. He also served as a consultant/trainer for the Diversity Management Institute at Montgomery College and earlier acted as the institute's Interim Director. He was a regular contributor to China Business & Investment. Other current and past affiliations include the US Chamber of Commerce-Asia Task Force, Asia Society, Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee, International Society and BYU Management Society. Mr. Hickson received his MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, received his BA in International Relations from The George Washington University, and studied Chinese language at Columbia University.
 

E. Ann Kaplan

E. Ann Kaplan
Director, Humanities Institute,
Stony Brook University

I am Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory, and founding director of The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, now nearing its 25th Anniversary. I am Past President of The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, a member of the Executive Modern Language AssociationÕs Discussion Group on Age Studies, and on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Consumption, Markets, Culture and Humanities Research (The Journal published by the Humanities Institute at Australian National University, Canberra). I have won many awards, including the SUNY ChancellorÕs Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creativity (2001), the Stony Brook Faculty Achievement Award (2004), the Distinguished Alumnae Award, Rutgers University (2005), the Distinguished Career Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2009), and in 2012 I will finally receive an Honorary Degree from Josai International University, Tokyo, Japan, awarded in 2010.

My research interests have long included WomenÕs and Gender Studies, Feminist Film Theory, Film Noir, Postmodernism and Post-colonialism in film and media, Popular Culture, World Cinema. Most recently, my research has focused on Trauma Studies and Age Studies. Over the years, I have published eight monographs, edited or co-edited fifteen anthologies, and published more than forty articles in refereed journals or anthologies. My books have been translated into seven languages, and I have lectured all over the world.

My pioneering research on women in film (see Women in Film: Both Sides of the Camera, Women in Film Noir and Motherhood and Representation) continues to be in print and influential in the United States and abroad. Looking for the Other: Feminism, Film and the Imperial Gaze dealing with race and ethnicity in film was published in 1997. Feminism and Film (2000), an edited collection, brings together major feminist film theories from 1980 to 2000. My more recent research focuses on trauma as evident in Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (co-edited with Ban Wang in 2004), and my 2005 monograph, Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005). I am currently working on two further book projects, Future-Tense Trauma: Dystopian Imaginaries on Screen and The Unconscious of Age: Screening Older Women. Essays anticipating both books were published in 2010 and 2011, or are presently in press.
 

Anouar Majid

Anouar Majid, PhD 
Professor, Director of the Center for Global Humanities
Associate Provost for Global Initiatives
University of New England

Anouar Majid is the founding director of the Center for Global Humanities and associate provost for Global Initiatives at the University of New England. His work has dealt with the place of Islam in the age of globalization and Muslim-Western relations since 1492. He has been described by Cornel West in his book Democracy Matters as one of a few "towering Islamic intellectuals."

In 2004, Stanford University Press published Majid's Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and Difference in the Post-Andalusian Age, a book that looks at half a millennium of history and cultural contact to trace the evolving roots of discord and extremism. It was listed by the British magazine New Statesman as one of the best books of 2004. In a review for the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, David Johnson stated that "Freedom and Orthodoxy is a brilliant apology for dismantling the hegemonic and false pretensions of western universalisms in favor of a world in which local groups (e.g., religious communities, regions, and nations) are allowed to construe their own strategies for cultural, political, and economic flourishing."

In early January 2012, Majid published Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice to help general readers understand the cultural and ideological origins of the conflicted relations between the United States and the Muslim world and to suggest challenging and even controversial ways to move toward a more peaceful future. Before the book was available, Publishers Weekly wrote: "Through a mix of history, personal reflections on being a Muslim in America, and musings about politics, Majid argues that a future of good will and understanding is possible and offers suggestions for achieving it." It described the book as "important," a new step in "the noble goal of tearing down animosity between Islam and America," and concluded that "Majid's message is critical in today's political climate, and this work is a worthwhile contribution to an ongoing dialogue." In late February 2012, Booklist concluded its review of the book by saying: "Forthright and fair, Majid's analysis will not satisfy everyone. But that's exactly the point." As Majid says in the book: "Conversations humanize us; unyielding certitudes turn us into warring tribes and killing machines."

Anouar Majid is a novelist, the author of Si Yussef (1992, 2005). In late 2003, he co-founded and started editing Tingis, the first Moroccan-American magazine of ideas and culture. The magazine has been featured in the Portland Press Herald, the Boston Globe, and other U.S. and Moroccan media outlets. The magazine is now published under the new title of TingisRedux. Majid also hosts a related blog titled Tingitana.
 

Joseph Scholten

Joseph B. Scholten, PhD
Associate Director for International Affairs
University of Maryland, College Park

Joseph B. Scholten manages UMD International Agreements, including advising and assisting with the drafting of new accords; coordinates the Maryland Global Leaders campus speaker series (a joint effort with the UMD School of Public Policy); and serves as Director of the Maryland Study Centre at Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire, UK. He is also campus representative for Fulbright programs for faculty and professional staff, and assists area initiatives for India and Africa. Joe has been at UMD since 2001, and has taught for the Classics Department, (co-leading on several occasions the winter term study abroad program in Central Italy), as well as for the Department of History and the University Honors College. He served as Interim Associate Director for the latter from August 2005 until November 2006, when he joined the Office of International Affairs. Prior to coming to UMD, he was Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, and Assistant Professor of History at Portland State

Joseph B. Scholten holds an BA in History and Classical Civilization from the University of Michigan, and MA and Phd from the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an alumnus of the Summer Program of the American Numismatic Society (and subsequently ANS Graduate Fellow), and the Regular Program of study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (as a Fulbright Fellow). He has also been a Fulbright Senior Scholar, at the Seminar fuer alte Geschichte at the Westfaelishe Wilhelms-Universitat in Muenster, Germany. Prior to coming to UM, Dr. Scholten was Assistant Professor of History at Portland State University, and Assistant and Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. At College Park, he has also taught in the Department of History and in the University Honors Program, and currently serves as Associate Director of the Office of International Programs. Dr. Scholten is the author of The Politics of Plunder. Aitolians and their Koinon in the Early Hellenistic Era, 279-217 B.C. (Hellenistic Society and Culture, XXIV; Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2000). He has also contributed articles to collections dealing with various aspects of late Classical and early Hellenistic Greek political and institutional developments. He is currently working on a prequel to his Aitolia monograph ("Inventing Aitolia. Studies in the Origin of an ancient Greek ethnos."). For UM Classics, Dr. Scholten teaches such courses as the Department has need (primarily introductory surveys of Greek and Latin literature [in translation] and lower division Latin). He also serves on the faculty team that teaches the annual Classics Winter Term Study Abroad program in central Italy.
 

Dr. Peter Stearns

Peter N. Stearns, PhD
Provost and Professor of History
George Mason University

Peter N. Stearns became Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University on January 1, 2000; he was named University Professor in January 2011. He has taught previously at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Rutgers, and Carnegie Mellon; he was educated at Harvard University.

Dr. Stearns has authored or edited over 110 books. He has published widely in modern social history, including the history of emotions, and in world history. Representative recent or forthcoming works include: Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society; Doing Emotions History; and Demilitarization in Modern History. He has also edited encyclopedias of world and social history, and since 1967 has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History.

In most of his research and writing, Dr. Stearns pursues three main goals. First, as a social historian he is eager to explore aspects of the human experience that are not generally thought of in historical terms, and with attention to ordinary people as well as elites. Second, he seeks to use an understanding of historical change and continuity to explore patterns of behavior and social issues. Finally he is concerned with connecting new historical research with wider audiences, including of course classrooms. Dr. Stearns is also eager to promote comparative analysis and the assessment of modern global forces Ð for their own sake and as they illuminate the American experience and impact.

During Dr. Stearns' tenure as Provost, Mason has more than tripled its level of funded research and has tripled its number of doctoral programs. Expanding global partnerships include a growing number of dual degree programs and elaborate connections with students and universities in countries like China, Turkey, South Korea and Brazil.
 

Michael Steinberg

Michael P. Steinberg
Director, Cogut Humanities Center
Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History and Professor of Music
Departments: COGUT Humanities Center, History, Music.

Michael P. Steinberg is Director of the Cogut Center for the Humanities and Professor of History and Music at Brown University. He also serves as Associate Editor of The Musical Quarterly and The Opera Quarterly. He was a member of the Cornell University Department of History between 1988 and 2005. Educated at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, he has been a visiting professor at these two schools as well as at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and National Tsing-hua University in Taiwan. His main research interests include the cultural history of modern Germany and Austria with particular attention to German Jewish intellectual history and the cultural history of music. He has written and lectured widely on these topics for the New York Times and at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Bard Music Festival, and the Salzburg Festival. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation as well as the Berlin Prize from the American Academy, Berlin. He is the author of studies of Hermann Broch, Aby Warburg, Walter Benjamin, and Charlotte Salomon, and of Austria as Theater and Ideology: The Meaning of the Salzburg Festival (Cornell University Press, 2000), of which the German edition (Ursprung und Ideologie der Salzburger Festspiele; Anton Pustet Verlag, 2000) won Austria's Victor Adler Staatspreis in 2001. Listening to Reason: Culture, Subjectivity, and 19th- Century Music appeared Princeton University Press in early 2004; Judaism Musical and Unmusical was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007. He serves as a director of the Barenboim-Said Foundation (U.S.A.) and, between 2010 and 2013, as dramaturg to the new production of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and the Berlin State Opera.

FUNDED RESEARCH
Professor Steinberg has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Academy Berlin (Berlin Prize)
 

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