Claude Clegg holds a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. His research and teaching focus on African American history, US and southern history, social movements, and the US presidency. Professor Clegg has been featured in media outlets such as NPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” and C-SPAN’s “Cities Tour,” and his books have been reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Journal of American History, and other venues. Professor Clegg recently completed a book on the Obama presidency and is currently writing a biography of Marcus Garvey.
Marcus Bull’s research focuses on the narratology of historical texts from the central medieval period to the sixteenth century, an interest that informs his most recent book: Eyewitness and Crusade Narrative: Perception and Narration in Accounts of the Second, Third and Fourth Crusades (Boydell; Woodbridge, 2018). He is currently engaged in two book projects: a study of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, with particular reference to the ways in which its representations in word and image sought to capture what participants were believed to have experienced in person; and an exploration of experience, memory, the play of social scripts and self-construction in the memoirs of Pierre de Bourdeille, better known as Brantôme.
Chad Bryant’s interests include nationalism and the urban experience in modern Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on the lands of today’s Czech Republic. His most recent book focuses on the capital city of Prague and questions of belonging in the modern era. He is, with Kateřina Čapková and Diana Dumitru, completing a study of the Stalinist-era show trials in Czechoslovakia.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage’s general research interests are American history since the Civil War, with a particular focus on the American South. He has written on lynching, utopian socialism in the New South, white and black historical memory in the South since the Civil War, and the history of torture in the United States from the time of European contact to the twenty-first century. His current research project is a study of Civil War prisoner of war camps.
Cemil Aydin’s interests focus on both Modern Middle Eastern History and Modern Asian history, with an emphasis on the international and intellectual histories of the Ottoman and Japanese Empires. He is particularly interested in historical processes that shape transnational racial and civilizational identities, such as Muslim, Asian, African. His research and publications offer new ways to understand the historical roots of the contemporary world order by describing the process of imperial era conflicts and decolonization, especially from the perspective of non-Western actors of the Muslim world and East Asia. Other research and teaching interests deal with questions of internationalism and orientalism, and modern world history.
HIST 460—Empires, Nations and Revolutions, 1750–1919
Cemil Aydin, The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History (Harvard University Press, March 2017) –Italian translation:, L’idea di mondo musulmano. Una storia intellettuale globale (Einaudi Publishers, 2018)
Cemil Aydin and Juliane Hammer, “Muslims and Media: Perceptions, Participation, and Change” (special issue), Contemporary Islam (10 December 2009)
Cemil Aydin, The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia: Visions of World Order in Pan-Islamic and Pan-Asian Thought (New York: Columbia University Press, Global and International History Series, 2007)
Cemil Aydin and Juliane Hammer, “Critiques of the ‘West’ in Turkey, Iran and Japan: Occidentalism, the Crisis of Global Modernity and the Politics of Nationalism,” special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 26:3 (Fall 2006). (Editor’s Introduction: 347-352)
Professor Auerbach’s research focuses on the social history of Polish Jews in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her first book, The House at Ujazdowskie 16: Jewish Families in Warsaw after the Holocaust, published in 2013, is a microhistory of Jewish families who were neighbors in an apartment building in Warsaw after the Holocaust, exploring the reconstruction of communities and identifications in postwar Poland. Her second book, The Nighttime Butterfly: A Young Woman in Warsaw at the Turn of the Century, is under contract with Yale University Press. Professor Auerbach’s other projects include information networks and the history of Yiddish in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. Her teaching focuses on modern Jewish history, the Holocaust, and East European history.
HIST 89-001—First Year Seminar: Diaries, Memoirs, and Testimonies of the Holocaust
HIST 153—From Bible to Broadway: Jewish History from Ancient to Modern
HIST 190—The Search for Modern Jewish Identity
HIST 262—History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews
HIST 311H—Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History
HIST 332.001—Identity and Community in Modern Jewish History
HIST 481.001—From Communists to Capitalists: Eastern Europe since 1945
HIST 485—Modern East European Jewish History and Culture
“The Social World of a Catholic Woman and Her Jewish Family in Fin-de-Siècle Warsaw: Religious Change, Polish Culture and National Identity.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Modern History, December 2022.
Co-editor, double issue of East European Jewish Affairs: “Yiddish and the City” (with Nick Underwood), volume 50, issues 1/2. September 2020.
Aftermath: Genocide, Memory and History (editor). Monash University Publishing, 2015
The House at Ujazdowskie 16: Jewish Families in Warsaw after the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2013)
“Memory of the Holocaust in Recent Polish Historiography.” Association for Jewish Studies Review 35.1. April 2011
“Insiders-Outsiders: Poles and Jews in Recent Polish-Jewish Fiction and Autobiography.” Co-author with Antony Polonsky. in Insiders and Outsiders: Dilemmas of East European Jewry, edited by Richard Cohen, Jonathan Frankel and Stefani Hoffman, 2010