Volume 63, Issue 4

Meet the authors of the 63-3 issue, July 2021.

Danna Agmon is an Associate Professor of History and Core Faculty in ASPECT, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, at Virginia Tech. She is the author of A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India (Cornell University Press, 2017. Her work has also been published in the journals French Historical StudiesJournal of Modern HistoryHistorical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, and Eighteenth-Century Studies. She is currently writing a book on law and legal archives in the French Empire in India and the Indian Ocean, from which this research is drawn. This project has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Courtney Bender is Ada Byron Bampton Tremaine Professor of Religion at Columbia University. She is the author of The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2020) and Heaven’s Kitchen: Living Religion at God’s Love We Deliver (University of Chicago Press, 2003). She is currently at work on a volume investigating twentieth-century modernist architectural representations of the future of religion.

Yaniv Feller is the Jeremy Zwelling Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für empirische Kulturwissenschaft at the University of Tübingen (2021). He served as an exhibition curator for Jewish religion for the new permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin (2015-2017). His publications include articles on topics ranging from modern gnosis to Christmas trees.

Zehra Hashmi is a postdoctoral research associate at the Watson Institute at Brown University. She completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research explores technologies of identification, in their historical and contemporary forms, as they intersect with securitization, kinship, and governance in colonial South Asia and postcolonial Pakistan.

John Higginson is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is also a Research Fellow in the College of Human Sciences and the Department of History at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. He is the author of A Working Class in the Making: Belgian Colonial Labor Policy, Private Enterprise and the African Mineworker, 1907–1951 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989). Cambridge University Press published his monograph Collective Violence and the Agrarian Origins of South African Apartheid, 1900–1948 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015 and 2017).He has written numerous articles and book chapters on South Africa and the regional economic system of southern Africa. Just recently he contributed to a special edition of the Journal of African History on the impact of E. P. Thompson’s work on African historians. He is at work on a book tentatively titled “The Hidden Costs of Industrialization: Southern Africa and the Global Economy, 1860–2007. He is also working on a joint research project with Joye Bowman that is tentatively titled “Engineering Empire: The South African Odyssey of American Mining Engineers, 1893–1976. As a University of Michigan student in the early 1970s, John worked in our CSSH offices. 

Veronika Kusumaryati is a political and media anthropologist working in West Papua, a self-identifying term referring to Indonesia’s provinces of Papua and West Papua. Her scholarship engages with the theories and historiography of colonialism, decolonization, and postcoloniality. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology with a secondary field in film and visual studies from Harvard University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Asian Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. With Ernst Karel, she produced Expedition Content, an experimental documentary composed from thirty-seven hours of tape recorded by Michael Rockefeller, a fourth-generation member of the Rockefeller family, in West Papua. The film premiered at the Berlin international Film Festival and was screened, among other places, at Cinéma du Rèel at Centre Pompidue and Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real New York. 

Gervase Phillips is Principal Lecturer in History and head of the history section at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Educated at Aberystwyth University, he is a historian of conflict and war and society. He is the author of The Anglo-Scots Wars, 1513–1550 (Boydell Press, 1999), and has contributed articles to such journals as Journal of Historical SociologyJournal of Interdisciplinary HistoryJournal of Military History, Scottish Historical ReviewTechnology and Culture, and War in History. He is currently working on animals in war, with a particular focus on dogs, horses, mules, and pigeons.

Laura Sandy is Senior Lecturer in the History of Slavery and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS) at the University of Liverpool. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. Her monograph The Overseers of Early American Slavery: Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers, and the Plantation Enterprise was published in 2020 (Routledge), and she has co-edited (with Marie S. Molloy) the collection of essays The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered: Negotiating the Peripheries (Routledge, 2019). She has also contributed articles to such journals as Journal of American StudiesJournal of Early American HistoryJournal of Global SlaverySlavery & Abolition,and Women’s History Review. Her current research is on the phenomenon of slave stealing, from the colonial through to the antebellum periods.  

Marina Welker is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. She is the author of Enacting the Corporation: An American Mining Firm in Postauthoritarian Indonesia (University of California Press, 2014), and has published articles in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Current Anthropology, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and Seattle University Law Review.