Cemil Aydin, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cemil Aydin is a professor of international/global history courses at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Department of History. He studied at Boğaziçi University, İstanbul University, and the University of Tokyo before receiving his Ph.D. degree at Harvard University in 2002. He was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.

His recent research and teaching deals with historical processes that shape transnational civilizational identities, such as Muslim, Asian, African in order to understand the role of racial narratives in the historical roots of the contemporary world order. His research on world history has offered new ways to see the emergence of the modern world from non-Western actors of the Muslim world and East Asia.

Mark Bassin, Professor, School of Contemporary and Historical Studies, Södertorn University

Mark Bassin’s research focuses on problems of space and geopolitics in radical-conservative thought in Europe and Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries. His recent monograph Biopolitics, Eurasianism and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia (Cornell UP) received the Reginald Zelnick Book Award from the ASEEES.

He is also the author of Imperial Visions: Nationalist Imagination and Geographical Expansion in the Russian Far East 1840-1865 (Cambridge UP), and has co-edited the collections: The Politics of Eurasianism (Rowman and Littlefield); Eurasia.2: Russian Geopolitics in the Age of New Media (Rowman and Littlefield);Between Europe and Asia: The Origins, Theories and Legacies of Russian Eurasianism (Pittsburgh UP), Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities (Cambridge UP), Space, Place and Power in Modern Russia (Northern Illinois UP) and География и Идентичность в Постсоветской России (St. Petersburg).

Michael Behrent, Associate Professor, Department of History, Appalachian State University

Michael Behrent earned his doctorate at New York University, where he defended a dissertation entitled “Society Incarnate: Association, Society, and Religion in French Political Thought, 1825-1912.” In addition to nineteenth-century political philosophy, he is also interested in recent French political thought. In particular, he is working on a project that examines the role played by Michel Foucault played in ushering in the “liberal turn” in French thought during the 1970s.

Finally, he also writes about American politics and political thought for several French publications, including La Vie des Idées, an online journal and a blog in French on American politics (hosted by the French magazine Alternatives Internationales) and another blog in English on French politics.

Daniel Bessner, Kenneth Pyle Assistant Professor of U.S. Foreign Relations, Jackson School of International Affairs, University of Washington

Daniel Bessner is the Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Assistant Professor in American Foreign Policy in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

He works on intellectual and cultural history, U.S. foreign relations, the history of democratic thought, and the history of the social sciences. He is the author of Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual (Cornell, 2018).

Daniel’s next book is provisionally entitled The RAND Corporation: A History, and is under advance contract with Princeton University Press. Finally, he is co-editor, with Nicolas Guilhot, of The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science, and Democracy in the Twentieth Century (Berghahn, 2019). Daniel has published scholarly articles in several journals and has also published pieces in The New York Times, The Washington PostThe Guardiann+1, and other venues

Giuliana Chamedes

Giuliana Chamedes, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin

Giuliana Chamedes specializes in twentieth-century European history, with a focus on the relationship between religion and politics. She studied at the University of Cambridge and at Columbia University.

Her first book, A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe is forthcoming with Harvard University Press in June of 2019. Her second book project, which focuses on the 1970s and 1980s, is tentatively titled ‘Failed Globalists: Economic Development, Decolonization, and the Demise of European Hegemony’.

Nicholas Guilhot

Nicolas Guilhot, Researcher, Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences,
New York University

Nicolas Guilhot (Ph.D. European University Institute 2001) is a tenured CNRS researcher in social and political sciences. Prior to joining CIRHUS, he was a visiting scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and a program officer at the Social Science Research Council. He has also occupied teaching positions at the London School of Economics and at Columbia University. His work focuses on the history of the social sciences, international relations, political theory, democracy and human rights.

His publications include The Invention of International Relations Theory: Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation and the 1954 Conference on Theory (Columbia University Press, 2011), The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order (Columbia University Press, 2005), Financiers, Philanthropes: Sociologie de Wall Street (Raisons d’agir, 2004, 2006) and numerous articles in The Journal of the History of the Behavioral SciencesActes de la recherche en sciences socialesMinervaInternational Political SociologyConstellations, among other journals.

Alexandra Kemmerer

Alexandra Kemmerer, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Berlin Office, Max Planck Institute for Public International Law

Alexandra Kemmerer is senior research fellow and academic coordinator at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and head of the institute’s Berlin Office. Before joining MPIL, she served as academic coordinator of Recht im Kontext and co-director of its transregional and interdisciplinary research program Rechtskulturen: Confrontations beyond Comparison at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Humboldt University Law School, where she also taught.

Kemmerer holds an LLM in European Law from the University of Würzburg, obtained with a thesis on the European Commission’s contribution to the establishment of the International Criminal Court. Her research interests include international law, European public law, constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, context(s) and histories of law, and the media theory and communicative praxis of law.

Katharina Rietzler

Katharina Rietzler, Lecturer, Department of History and Center for American Studies, University of Sussex

Her main research interest is internationalism and its social, political, economic and legal dimensions from the 1910s to the 1960s. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript on American philanthropy and conceptions of ‘the international’ in the first half of the twentieth century, a study based on multi-lingual research in European and American archives which examines philanthropic internationalism in a transnational context.

She is a co-investigator on the multidisciplinary Leverhulme Research Project Grant Women and the History of International Thought (2018-2022) which aims to systematically recover and evaluate the international thought of women both inside and outside academe during the early to mid-twentieth-century. She is also affiliated with the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney and the Centre for the Study of Internationalism at Birkbeck. She has co-organized several  international conferences and workshops:

Previously, she was the Mellon Research Fellow in American History at the University of Cambridge and a Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Bill Scheuerman

William Scheuerman, Professor, Political Science,
Indiana University

Bill Scheuerman’s primary research and teaching interests are in modern political thought, German political thought, democratic theory, legal theory, and international political theory. After teaching at Pittsburgh and Minnesota, he joined the Indiana faculty in 2006. Bill’s most recent book is Civil Disobedience (Polity Press, 2018).

He is also the author of Between the Norm and the Exception: The Frankfurt School and the Rule of Law (MIT, 1994), which won two prestigious awards, as well as Carl Schmitt: The End of Law (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), Liberal Democracy and the Social Acceleration of Time (Johns Hopkins, 2004), Frankfurt School Perspectives on Globalization, Democracy, and the Law (Routledge 2008), Hans J. Morgenthau: Realism and Beyond(Polity, 2009), and The Realist Case for Global Reform (Polity, 2011).

Bill has published in many professional journals, including Constellations, History of Political Thought, International Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, Politics & Society, Review of International Studies, and Social Research. A recipient of numerous prestigious grants and fellowships, he serves on editorial boards for a number of journals, including Constellations, European Journal of Political Theory, International Relations, Journal of International Political Theory, Review of Politics, and Time & Society.

Stuart Schrader

Stuart Schrader, Lecturer / Assistant Research Scientist in Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

He is a Lecturer / Assistant Research Scientist in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, teaching courses in Africana Studies, International Studies, and Sociology. He is also affiliated with the 21st Century Cities initiative at Hopkins. His Ph.D. is in American Studies, from NYU, in 2015. His book, to be published with University of California Press in 2019, is titled Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.

His research interests cluster around a few domains: security, policing, and counterinsurgency; the entwinement of foreign and domestic policy; and urbanization. His broad theoretical and methodological agenda is to connect these domains through a critical analysis of race and racism. His new research project concerns police participation in formal politics in the United States since the 1970s through professional organizations and unions, as well as police participation in more informal and irruptive social protests.

Matthew Specter, Visiting Research Scholar, Center for International and Global Studies, Duke University/ Lecturer, Department of History and Program in International Studies,
UC Berkeley

Matthew Specter received his Ph.D. from Duke University in History in 2006. He currently holds multiple positions: Associate Editor at History and Theory; Lecturer in the Department of History at UC Berkeley; Lecturer in Global Studies, also at UC Berkeley; Faculty Affiliate at the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley; and Lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University. From 2008-2017, he taught modern German history, European intellectual history, and modern world history in the Central Connecticut State University where he was nominated for teaching awards, and was honored with the university’s highest research award in 2011-12. Prior to that, he was Term Professor in History at George Mason University, from 2005-2008.

He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities and has held other fellowships and grants from several organizations/institutions. His book, Habermas: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010), the first biography of Habermas by a historian, was widely reviewed and translated into Spanish and Turkish. He is also the author of a contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt, multiple essays in Modern Intellectual History and History and Theory, and reviews for the Journal of Modern History and Constellations. He is the author of the forthcoming Atlantic Realisms: Political Thought and Foreign Policy, 1890-1980 with Stanford University Press.

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies,
Yale University

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is a global historian of 20th century intellectual and political thought. He is currently at work on two book projects: The first is titled, The Neoconservative Moment in France: Raymond Aron and the United States (Columbia University Press), which looks at the larger transatlantic intellectual origins of the neoconservative movement. The second is tentatively titled, The Rise and Fall of Global Secularism since the Cold War.

Daniel has published scholarly articles in The Journal of the History of Ideas, Modern Intellectual History, Global Intellectual History and elsewhere. He is currently co-editing two books: Michel Foucault, Neoliberalism and Beyond (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019) with Stephen Sawyer; and Christianity and the New Historiography of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2020) with Sarah Shortall.

His general audience commentary has appeared in The AtlanticThe NationTimes Literary SupplementDissent Magazine and elsewhere. He currently serves as an editor for The Tocqueville Review and is the Europe editor for H-Diplo. At Jackson, he will be teaching classes on religion and global politics, and history and theories of global development.

Adam Tooze

Adam Tooze, Professor, Department of History,
Columbia University

Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University where he directs the European Institute. He teaches and researches widely in the fields of twentieth-century and contemporary history. From a start in modern German history with a special focus on the history of economics and economic history, his interests have widened to take in a range of themes in political, intellectual and military history, across a canvass stretching from Europe across the Atlantic. Prior to Columbia, Tooze taught at Yale and the University of Cambridge.

He is the author of four prize-winning books, most recently “Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises changed the world”, which has been hailed as a path-breaking history of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and its aftermath. He was recently named one of “Foreign Policy” magazine’s Global Thinkers of 2018.

Giovanni Zanalda, Director, Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS), Duke University

Since August 2015, Giovanni Zanalda has been the director of the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS).  Zanalda is also the former director of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI). He is a member of several Duke and international committees including the Global Priorities Committee (Duke) and the Board of Directors of Venice International University (VIU). He is an Associate Research Professor at Duke University (Social Science Research Institute; Department of Economics; Department of History). He is an economic historian specialized in the history of the international economy, finance, and development from the sixteenth century to the present.  He teaches courses on financial crises, emerging markets, international economy (1850-present), and the history of globalization.

Zanalda has been a consultant in the Office of the Vice President, Development Economics at the World Bank and the Italian Delegation at the OECD (Financial Unit).  He has taught, and conducted research and missions, in various European, Asian, and African countries in addition to Argentina and the United States. He holds a B.A. from the University of Turin, an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS – Washington, DC), and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.