History Professors in the News
Eve E. Buckley discusses the obstacles she faced while conducting research in Brazil for her recent book, Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth-Century Brazil, in a recent blog post for the University of North Carolina Press. Read the full blog here: The Power and Paucity of Primary Documents for Latin American Historians.
Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, was an “Ehrengast,” guest of honor, at the 33. Deutscher Orientalistentag, the 33rd German Orientalist Conference, held at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena on Sept. 18-22. The keynote speech he delivered at the meeting was titled “The West and Iran: Coming to Terms with a Land of Ideas.” In addition, Matthee has assumed the presidency of the Persian Heritage Foundation. The Persian Heritage Foundation (PHF) is a U.S.-registered, nonpolitical, nongovernmental organization that aims to support and promote research on all aspects of the Persianate world in the pre-Islamic as well as the Islamic period — a world that is not confined to the present boundaries of Iran, but that extends to Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Indian Subcontinent and, more recently, the wider Iranian diaspora, involving a multitude of languages, religions and cultures. PHF has its headquarters in New York and annually gives out more than $500,000 in grants for research, lectureships and book projects.
Rudi Matthee’s recent article “Alcohol and Politics in Muslim Culture: Pre-Text Text and Context” can be found on the website of the British Intoxicants Project.
David Shearer, Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History, has published an essay, “Recidivism, Social Atavism and State Security in Early Soviet Policing,” in Born to be Criminal: The Discourse on Criminality and the Practice of Punishment in Late Imperial Russia and Early Soviet Union. Interdisciplinary Approaches, edited by Riccardo Nicolosi and Anne Hartmann. (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2017), 119-148.