Volume 62, Issue 3

Meet the authors of the 62-3 issue, July 2020

Jocelyn Alexander is Professor of Commonwealth Studies at the University of Oxford. She has written widely on the social and political history of Southern Africa and is author of The Unsettled Land: State-Making and the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe 1893–2003 (Ohio University Press, 2006) and co-author with JoAnn McGregor and Terence Ranger of Violence and Memory: One Hundred Years in the ‘Dark Forests’ of Matabeleland (James Currey, 2000). Her current work focuses on the history of political imprisonment in Zimbabwe and on the transnational lives of southern Africa’s liberation movements.

Mark Anthony Geraghty is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute and at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University. He received his PhD in anthropology in 2016, together with the award for the best dissertation throughout the Division of the Social Sciences, at the University of Chicago. His first book manuscript, “Spectres of the New Rwanda,” examines the Rwandan state’s on-going campaign against “genocide ideology.” A second book project on transitional justice examines Rwanda’s Gacaca genocide courts. His research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

David I. Kertzer is the Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies at Brown University. His book, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (Vintage, 1997), published in eighteen languages, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2015 for The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (PenguinRandom House). Past President of the Social Science History Association and the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Kertzer was elected in 2005 to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book is The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe, on the Roman revolution of 1848 (Random House, 2018).

Shaun Kingsley Malarney is Professor of Anthropology at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of Culture, Ritual and Revolution in Vietnam (University of Hawai`i Press, 2002), and translator of Vũ Trọng Phụng’s Lục Xì: Prostitution and Venereal Disease in Colonial Hanoi (University of Hawai`i Press, 2011). 

JoAnn McGregor is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sussex. She is author of Crossing the Zambezi: The Politics of Landscape on a Central African Frontier (James Currey, 2009) and co-author with Jocelyn Alexander and Terence Ranger of Violence and Memory: One Hundred Years in the ‘Dark Forests’ of Matabeleland (James Currey, 2000). Her current research focuses on citizenship and urban governance in postcolonial Zimbabwe, “decolonial” approaches to African collections in regional museums in Britain and transnational dimensions to southern Africa’s liberation movements.

Gunnar Mokosch is completing a Ph.D. in political science at Brown University, working on the political economy of conservative parties in Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Davide Orsini is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Mississippi State University, where he teaches STS and European History. He is currently finishing a book manuscript titled “Life in the Nuclear Archipelago: Cold War Technopolitics, Risk, and U.S. Nuclear Submarines in Italy.”

Natalie Scholz is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Historical Department of the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the cultural history of the political in modern Europe (France and Germany) with a special interest in popular representations, including visual, material and memory culture. She has published on the popular imaginations of the restoration monarchy in early nineteenth-century France and more recently on the connection between commodity culture and the political in the postwar period. In her work she tries to understand the culturally and emotionally mediated intersection between modern political regimes and national, ethnic, and gender identities. Currently she is working on a book manuscript entitled: “Redeeming Objects: A West German Mythology (1945–1960).”

Mareike Winchell is an anthropologist working at the intersection of critical indigenous studies, the anthropology of history, and environmental design. Her current book project, “After Servitude: Indigenous Critique and the Undoing of Property in Bolivia,” ethnographically tracks intimate practices of inter-familial aid and alliance among former hacienda master and servant groups to show how they muddled atomistic property, an idea that she argues has guided bureaucratic orientations toward land as well as toward people. Winchell is developing two new research projects, one a comparative ethnographic study of burning techniques and fire mitigation strategies in the Chiquitanios region of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), and the other an archival study of how informal traditions of land-gifting reshaped Bolivia’s agrarian landscape. Her writing and digital scholarship appear in Hau: Journal of Ethnographic TheoryCultural Anthropology, and the Journal of Peasant Studies. Her research has been supported by the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, University of California Berkeley’s Townsend Center for the Humanities, and University of Chicago’s Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR). She is currently a Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities.