Faculty Bios


Director, American and New England Studies Program

Nina Silber, Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, MA, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of numerous publications, including The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900 (1993), which is an examination of Northerners’ changing cultural attitudes toward the South after the Civil War. She also co-edited Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992) and Yankee Correspondence: Civil War Letters Between New England Soldiers and the Homefront (1996).

Director, Preservation Studies Program

Claire W. Dempsey, Associate Professor of American and New England Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. AM, Wheaton College; MA, Boston University. Ms. Dempsey has taught architectural history and research methods courses in the Program since 1991. She has conducted preservation research within the compliance, identification, and evaluation areas for the Massachusetts Historical Commission and for a number of cities, towns, and research institutions. Research for New England area museums and historic sites has complemented her preservation work, for clients including the Haverhill Historical Society; Old Sturbridge Village; the Dickinson Homestead, Amherst, MA; the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Ledyard, CT; and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor (National Park Service). Ms. Dempsey is the author of Building Hardwick: Community Histories in Landscape and Architecture, co-author of The Historical and Archaeological Resources of Central Massachusetts and The Historic and Archaeological resources of Cape Cod and the Islands, and contributor to Building Portsmouth: the Neighborhoods and Architecture of New Hampshire’s Oldest City (1992) and The Early Architecture and Landscapes of the Narragansett Basin (2001). She serves as archivist for the Vernacular Architecture Forum and as president of its New England Chapter.
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Director, Graduate Studies

Marilyn Halter, Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences; Research Associate, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. AB, Brandeis University; Ed.M., Harvard University; Ph.D., Boston University. Professor Halter’s interdisciplinary scholarship spans the fields of history, sociology, and anthropology with particular emphasis on ethnographic and oral history methodologies and with specializations in the study of immigrants of African descent, New England and Boston immigrant and ethnic history as well as the relationship of commerce and culture. Her published works include Shopping for Identity: The Marketing of Ethnicity (2000); Between Race and Ethnicity: Cape Verdean American Immigrants, 1860-1965 (1993); The Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cape Verde [with Richard Lobban] (1988); and her edited volume, New Migrants in the Marketplace: Boston’s Ethnic Entrepreneurs (1995). Her current research project is an investigation of issues of identity formation and socioeconomic incorporation among recent West African immigrants and refugees to the United States. In addition to her long-standing affiliation with BU’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Professor Halter has also co-chaired the Boston Immigration and Urban History Seminar, an on-going series in conjunction with the Massachusetts Historical Society, since its inception more than a decade ago.

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Director, Undergraduate Studies

William Moore, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Harvard College; PhD, Boston University. Professor Moore teaches courses on American material culture and vernacular landscapes. He is the author of Masonic Temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture, and Masculine Archetypes and numerous articles interogating the interrelationship between built form and systems of belief. Having worked extensively in museums and historic preservation, he is particularly interested in the dynamics by which artifacts are used to convey meaning to the general public. His current book project analyzes the nation’s fascination with the Shakers in the years between 1925 and 1965.Preservation Studies

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Eric Dray, Lecturer in American & New England Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. BA Brown University, JD Boston University School of Law, MA Preservation Studies, Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Dray has taught preservation planning courses in the Program since 2005. As a consultant, Mr. Dray has worked throughout Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island and New Hampshire, providing preservation planning, historic district consulting, and documentation services. Mr. Dray is co-author, along with faculty alumna Gretchen Schuler, of two training videos produced by the Massachusetts Historical Commission for training local historic district commissions. Mr. Dray was Chair of the Provincetown Historic District Study Committee, member of the Provincetown Historic District Commission, and is currently Chair of the Provincetown Historical Commission.

William C. S. Remsen, Lecturer in American & New England Studies, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.  BA Anthropology and Architecture, M. Arch. Harvard Graduate School of Design.  Bill Remsen is Chief Preservation Architect for International Preservation Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in cultural heritage preservation.  A registered architect and professional member of the American Institute of Conservation, he has over 30 years experience with cultural heritage preservation projects, including field surveys and assessments, documentation, architectural and conservation design, project management, and long-term planning.  Projects have been in the United States of America, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, and Chile.  In addition to working as an architect in private practice, he has served as Supervisor of Architecture Conservation for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiques (now Historic New England), Director of Architectural Conservation at the archaeological site of Gordion in Turkey, Technical Director of the Egyptian Antiquities Project of the American Research Center in Egypt, and Chief Preservation Architect for the Preservation Society of Newport County.  Recent work includes work with the SAVE Program, an environmental and cultural historic preservation, development, and capacity building program funded by the US Agency for International Development in Cyprus; with the United Nations Development Program to conserve historic monuments and sites in Cyprus; and with The Asia Foundation and the US States Department on a multi-phase project for the new National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul.

African American Studies

Allison Blakely George and Joyce Wein Professor and Director of African American Studies; Professor of History. BA, University of Oregon; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Blakely came to Boston University in 2001 after teaching for thirty years at Howard University. He is the author of Blacks in the Dutch World: Racial Imagery and Modernization (Indiana University Press, 1994); Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian History and Thought (Howard University Press, 1986–a winner of an American Book Award in 1988); several articles on Russian populism; and others on various European aspects of the Black Diaspora. His interest in comparative history has centered on comparative populism and on the historical evolution of color prejudice. He is the national President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (2006-2009) and the Consulting Editor of its journal, The American Scholar.

John ThorntonProfessor of History and African American Studies. B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. John Thornton is primarily an Africanist, with a specialty in the history of West Central Africa before 1800. His work has also carried him into the study of the African Diaspora, and from there to the history of the Atlantic Basin as a whole, also in the period before the early nineteenth century. His publications on these subjects include two books on his primary topic, the history of the Kingdom of Kongo (The Kingdom of Kongo: Civil War and Transition [1983] and The Kongolese Saint Anthony [1998]); a history of African warfare, Warfare in Atlantic Africa (1999). For his interest in Atlantic History, he has published Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World (1st ed., 1992; 2nd ed, 1998) and Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles and the Foundation of the Americas (2007) (written with Linda Heywood). In 2010 he is finishing the writing of a major project, a general history of the Atlantic Basin, tentatively called A Cultural History of the Atlantic World: Encounter and Development in the Formation of Atlantic Culture for Cambridge University Press.


Charles Lindholm, University Professor; Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, MA, Ph.D., Columbia University. Presently working on a book about authenticity using cases from different levels of experience: aesthetic, collective, personal. Professor Lindholm sees the search for authenticity as a modern secular religion and is interested in exploring the varieties of this new faith. Previous selections: Is America Breaking Apart? and The Muslim Middle East: Continuity and Change (2002).

Robert P. Weller, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences; Research Associate, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. AB, Yale University; PhD Johns Hopkins University. Professor Weller’s present research is concerned with religion and social welfare in China and Taiwan, and he regularly teaches courses on the role of symbolism, myth, and ritual that explore key concepts in the study of American culture.

Merry White, Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, AM, PhD, Harvard University. Dr. Merry White returns to Japan often to continue research in contemporary social and cultural topics. She presently is engaged in research on urban social spaces and social change in Japan, particularly on the history of the cafe. Her teaching includes courses on Japanese society, women in Asia, food and culture, and the anthropology of travel and tourism.Dr. White’s past work includes books on Japanese education (The Japanese Educational Challenge, Free Press), internationalization (The Japanese Overseas, Free Press and Princeton UP), adolescence and popular culture (The Material Child, Free Press and University of California Press), and family and social policy (Perfectly Japanese, University of California Press). She has also published work on education and international development, women in Japan, and even two cookbooks, Noodles Galore and Cooking for Crowds (both Basic Books). In addition, her work includes essays on food and culture published in Gastronomica, (University of California Press), and in other media.


Mary C. Beaudry, Chair of Archaeology, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, College of William and Mary; MA, PhD, Brown University. Professor Beaudry has edited Documentary Archaeology in the New World (1988), co-edited The Art and Mystery of Historical Archaeology (1992) and The Cambridge Companion to Historical Archaeology (2006), co-authored “Living on the Boott”: Historical Archaeology at the Boott Mills Boardinghouses in Lowell, Massachusetts (1996), and is author of Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing (2006). She is past president of the Society for Historical Archaeology and served as editor of Northeast Historical Archaeology. Her research interests in historical and industrial archaeology include comparative colonialism; the archaeology of households, farms, and landscapes; and the contextual analysis of small finds. In addition to her ties to American Studies and Preservation Studies, Professor Beaudry is affiliated with Metropolitan College’s Program in Gastronomy.

Rafique Mughal, Professor of Archaeology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Gordon College (Pakistan); MA, University of Punjab (Pakistan); PhD, University of Pennsylvania.Professor Mughal’s primary research interests include South Asian archaeology, Indus Valley archaeology, and International Heritage Management.  He has been the director of thirty field research projects including locations in Pakistan, Bahrain, and Bangladesh, as well as five international collaborative works, focusing on an extended time-line from the Indus/Harappan Civilization through the Islamic period.  Professor Mughal’s most recent publication is “The Archaeology of Sindh since 1930: An Updated Supplement to the Antiquities of Sindh,” (1998).


Ray Carney, Professor of Film Studies, College of Communication. AB, Harvard College; PhD, Rutgers University. Professor Carney is general editor of The Cambridge Film Classics, a series of compact guides to the masterworks of film, and the author of many books on film and American culture, including: The Films of Mike Leigh: Embracing the World; Shadows; John Cassavetes: The Adventure of Insecurity; American Dreaming: The Films of John Cassavetes; American Vision: The Films of Frank Capra; Speaking the Language of Desire: The Films of Carl Dreyer; and The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies; as well as of numerous articles and essays. His most recent book is Cassavetes on Cassavetes, based on his own personal conversations with the distinguished independent filmmaker in the final decade of his life. He manages the largest non-commercial web site in the world devoted to film and other art at: http://www.Cassavetes.com.

Roy Grundmann, Director of Film Studies; Associate Professor of Broadcasting and Film, College of Communications. MA, PhD, New York University. He is the author of Andy Warhol’s Blow Job (Temple U Press, 2003; 220pp, 40 illustr.) and a Contributing Editor of Cineaste Magazine.

Deborah Jaramillo, Assistant Professor of Film & Television. BS, University of Texas at Austin; MA, University of Arizona; PhD, University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jaramillo is Assistant Professor of Film & Television. Her research focuses on the collision and coexistence of politics, culture and aesthetics in media (particularly in television). Her first book, Ugly War, Pretty Package: How CNN and Fox News Made the Invasion of Iraq High Concept (Indiana University Press, 2009), approaches cable news coverage from the perspective of film and television studies rather than journalism, and seeks to dispel the notion that the news is somehow divorced from the rest of television programming. She has published articles in Television and New Media and Journal of Communication Inquiry. “It’s Not All Talk: Editing and Storytelling in As the World Turns“—Jaramillo’s analysis of experimental style in daytime drama—will appear in the forthcoming anthology, The Survival of Soap Opera: TV Daytime Drama’s Histories and Futures.


Robert Chodat, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. B.A., M.A., McGill University; Ph.D., Stanford University. He is the author of Worldly Acts and Sentient Things: The Persistence of Agency from Stein to DeLillo (2008) and is currently working on Person and Presence: Ideas of Agency from Stein to DeLillo.

Bonnie Costello, Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Bennington College; PhD, Cornell University. Professor Costello specializes in Modern poetry, British and American; environmental literature; relations between poetry and visual art; and Italian translation. Her publications include Planets on Tables: Poetry, Still Life and the Turning World (, 2008); Shifting Ground: Reinventing Landscape in Modern American Poetry (2003); General Editor, The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore (1997); Elizabeth Bishop: Questions of Mastery (1991); Marianne Moore: Imaginary Possessions (1981); “Outside In and Upside Down: The World of Abelardo Morell” (Yale Review, 2008); “Fresh Woods: Elegy and Ecology Among the Ruins,” Oxford Book of Elegy (forthcoming, 2008); “Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore,” Cambridge Companion to Modern Poetry (, 2008); “Lyric and the First Person Plural,”Transatlantic Poetry (forthcoming, 2008); “Wallace Stevens and Painting,” Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens(2007); “Elizabeth Bishop’s Impersonal Personal,” American Literary History (2003); “A Whole Climate of Opinion: Auden’s Influence on Bishop” Literary Imagination 5.1 (2003); “Charles Wright, Giorgio Morandi and the Metaphysics of the Line,” Mosaic (2002); “‘What to Make of a Diminished Thing’: Modern Nature and the Poetic Response,”American Literary History 10.4 (1998); “John Ashbery’s Landscapes,” The Tribe of John (1995); “Nomad Exquisite,” and Editor, Verse, special issue on Amy Clampitt (1993); “Jorie Graham: Art and Erosion,” Contemporary Literature 33 (1992); “Effects of an Analogy: Stevens and Painting,” Wallace Stevens: The Poetics of Modernism (1986); “John Ashbery and the Idea of the Reader,” Contemporary Literature (1982); translations of Umberto Saba and Salvatore Quasimodo,  (Literary Imaginatioin, 2008).

William Huntting Howell , Assistant Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. A.B. Cornell University; Ph.D. Northwestern University. Professor Howell specializes in American literature and culture before 1900, science and technology studies, visual and material culture, gender studies, digital humanities, and critical theory. His publications include “A More Perfect Copy: David Rittenhouse and the Reproduction of Republican Virtue,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 3d Series, Vol. LXIV, No. 4 (October 2007): 757-790 ; “Spirits of Emulation: Readers, Samplers, and the Republican Girl, 1787-1810,” American Literature ( September 2009); “Entering the Lists: The Politics of Ephemera in Eastern Massachusetts, 1774,” Early American Studies (forthcoming, 2010). He is currently working on the manuscript American Unexceptionalism: Imitation, Emulation, and Literary Culture in the Early United States.

Gene Jarrett, Professor and Chair of the Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences. AB, Princeton University; MA, PhD, Brown University. Professor Jarrett specializes in African-American literature and literary theory. He is the author of Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature (New York University Press, 2011) and Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006) and the editor or co-editor of African American Literature beyond Race: An Alternative Reader (New York University Press, 2006), The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Ohio University Press, 2006), A Long Way from Home by Claude McKay for the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the Americas Series (Rutgers University Press, 2007), The New Negro: Readings on Race, Representation, and African American Culture, 1892-1938 (Princeton University Press, 2007), The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Ohio University Press, 2009), and A Companion to African American Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

Laura Korobkin, Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Williams College; MA, Brandeis University; JD, Harvard Law School; PhD, Harvard University. Selected Publications: “Law and the American Novel,” A Companion to American Fiction 1780-1865, ed. Shirley Samuels (2004); “Legal Narratives of Self-Defense and Self-Effacement in Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Studies in American Fiction (2003); “Murder by Madman: Criminal Responsibility, Law, and Judgment in Wieland,American Literature (2000); Criminal Conversations: Sentimentality and Nineteenth-Century Legal Stories of Adultery (1998); “The Scarlet Letter of the Law: Hawthorne and Criminal Justice,” Novel (1997); “Narrative Battles in the Courtroom,” in Field Work: Sites in Literary and Cultural Studies, ed. Marjorie Garber, Rebecca Walkowitz, Paul Franklin (1996); “The Maintenance of Mutual Confidence: Sentimental Strategies at the Adultery Trial of Henry Ward Beecher,” Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities (1995).

Maurice Lee, Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. B.A. Stanford; Ph.D. UCLA. Main interests include nineteenth-century American literature with particular emphasis on the intersections of culture, philosophy, and science; American literary and intellectual history; the literature of slavery and the Civil War; African American and Asian American literatures. His first book is titled, Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860 (Cambridge, 2005). He is currently working on a book project (“Chance, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature”) and editing the Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass. Selected articles include: “Probably Poe,” forthcoming American Literature; “Dickinson’s Superb Surprise,” forthcoming Raritan; “Melville, Douglass, the Civil War, Pragmatism,” Douglass/Melville: Essays in Relations (2007); “Which World? Which Work? Which Melville?” Modern Intellectual History (2007); “‘Read it if you can’: The Language of Moby-Dick,” A Companion to Melville (2006), “‘The Old and the New’: Double Consciousness and the Literature of Slavery,” ESQ (2004); “Absolute Poe: His System of Transcendental Racism,” American Literature (2003), “Writing Through the War: The Civil War Poetry of Melville and Dickinson,” PMLA (2000); “Melville’s Subversive Political Philosophy: ‘Benito Cereno’ and the Fate of Speech,” American Literature (2000); “Du Bois the Novelist: White Influence, Black Spirit, and The Quest of the Silver Fleece,” African American Review (1999). Professor Lee has won awards from the Melville Society and Poe Studies Association and has received an NEH Research Fellowship and the ACLS Charles Ryskamp Fellowship.

John T. Matthews, Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. AB, University of Pennsylvania; MA, PhD, Johns Hopkins University. Selected Publications: “Recalling the West Indies: From Yoknapatawpha to Haiti and Back,” American Literary History (2004); “This Race Which Is Not One: The More Inextricable Compositeness of William Faulkner’s South,” in Look Away!: The U.S. South in New World Studies (Duke UP, 2004), “Whose America? Faulkner, Modernism and National Identity,” in Faulkner at 100 (2000); “Touching Race in Go Down, Moses,” in New Essays on Go Down, Moses, ed. Linda Wagner-Martin (1996); “Faulkner and the Culture Industry,” in A Faulkner Companion, ed. Philip Weinstein (1994); “As I Lay Dying in the Machine Age,” Boundary 2, Vol. 19 (1992); The Sound and the Fury: Faulkner and the Lost Cause (1990); The Play of Faulkner’s Language (1982). Forthcoming publications: Faulkner: Seeing through the South (Blackwell); A Companion to the Modern American Novel, 1900-1950 (Editor) (Blackwell). Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006.

Susan Mizruchi, Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Washington University; PhD, Princeton University. Selected Publications: “Gibson’s ‘Passion’ in Ethical Perspective,” Journal of Renmin University of China (Spring 2007); Becoming Multicultural: Culture, Economy, and the Novel, 1860-1920 (Cambridge UP, 2005); “Lolita in History,” American Literature (Fall 2003); Religion and Cultural Studies, ed. (Princeton UP, 2001); “The Place of Ritual in Our Time,” American Literary History, (Fall 2000); The Science of Sacrifice: American Literature and Modern Social Theory (Princeton UP, 1998); “Neighbors, Strangers, Corpses: Death and Sympathy in the Early Writings of W.E.B. Du Bois,” in Centuries Ends, Narrative Means (1996, also in The Norton Souls of Black Folk); “Cataloging the Creatures of the Deep, Billy Budd and the Rise of Sociology,” in Revisionary Interventions into the Americanist Canon (1994) and Boundary 2 (1990); “Reproducing Women in ‘The Awkward Age,’“ in Representations (1992); The Power of Historical Knowledge: Narrating the Past in Hawthorne, James, and Dreiser (Princeton UP, 1988); “The Politics of Temporality in The Bostonians,” Nineteenth-Century Literature (September 1985). Professor Mizruchi has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (2001-2002); Distinguished Teaching Award, Boston University Honors Program (2001); Fletcher S. Jones Fellowship, Huntington Library (1995); National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1990-1991), and is currently working on a book project on risk and contemporary American culture.

Leland Monk, Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, University of California, Santa Cruz; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Selected Publications: “A Terrible Beauty is Born: Henry James, Aestheticism, and Homosexual Panic,” Bodies of Writing, Bodies in Performance, Genders, Vol. 23 (1996); “The Novel as Prison: Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian,” Novel, Vol. 27 (1994); “Apropos of Nothing: Chance and Narrative in Forster’s A Passage to India,” Studies in the Novel, Vol. 26 (1994); Standard Deviations: Chance and the Modern British Novel (1993); “Murder She Wrote: The Mystery of Jane Austen’s Emma,” The Journal of Narrative Technique, Vol. 20 (1990).

Thomas Otten, Lecturer in English, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Lawrence University; MA, PhD, UCLA. Professor Otten focuses on American literature, literature and material culture, and literature and the visual arts. Selected Publications: A Superficial Reading of Henry James: Preoccupations with the Material World (2006); “Emily Dickinson’s Brain (On Lyric and the History of Anatomy),” Prospects (forthcoming); “Jorie Graham’s _______s,” PMLA (2003); “Slashing Henry James (On Painting and Political Economy, Circa 1900),” Yale Journal of Criticism (2000); “The Spoils of Poynton and the Properties of Touch,” American Literature (1999); “Pauline Hopkins and the Hidden Self of Race,” ELH (1992). He is currently working on a series of essays on social theory and visual imagery, as well as a book on American material culture.

Anita Patterson, Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Harvard College; MA, PhD, Harvard University. Selected Publications: Race, American Literature and Transnational Modernisms (2008); “Japonisme and Modernist Style in Afro-Caribbean Literature: The Art of Derek Walcott,”Review of International American Studies 2.2 (2007); “Emerson, il transnazionalismo e l’enigma dell’amicizia,” in America at large: Americanistica transnazionale e nuova comparatistica(2004); “Emerson, Transnationalism, and the Enigma of Friendship,” in Emerson at 200: Proceedings of the International Bicentennial Conference (2004); “Pastoral Poetry and Transculturation in Guyana: The Contexts of Wilson Harris’s ‘Trail’,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 37.2 (2002); “Contingencies of Pleasure and Shame: Jamaican Women’s Poetry,” in Feminist Consequences: Theory for the New Century(2001); “Jazz, Realism and the Modernist Lyric: The Poetry of Langston Hughes,” Modern Language Quarterly 61.3 (2000); “Doing More than Patrick Henry: Douglass’s Narrative and Nineteenth-Century American Protest Writing,” in Approaches to Teaching Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1999); “Images of the Internment: Mitsuye Yamada’s Camp Notes,”MELUS 23, 3 (1999); From Emerson to King: Democracy, Race, and the Politics of Protest (1997); “Harriet Jacobs, Henry Thoreau, and the Character of Disobedience,” in Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: New Critical Essays (1996); “American Philosophy as Praxis: From Emerson and Thoreau to Martin Luther King,” Salmagundi 108 (1995); “Negotiating Claims of Race and Rights: DuBois, Emerson, and the Critique of Liberal Nationalism,” The Massachusetts Review 35 (1994); “Comparative Identities: Exile in the Writings of Frantz Fanon and W.E.B. DuBois,” in Borders, Boundaries, and Frames (1994). Work in Progress: Modernist Japonisme in the Americas.

Joseph Rezek, Assistant Professor of English, College of Arts and Science. BA, Columbia University; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.  Professor Rezek just completed a Barra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has published essays in Early American Literature and English Literary History, and is currently writing a book titled Tales from Elsewhere: the Aesthetics of Provinciality and the Book Trade in Ireland, Scotland, and the United States.  Rezek’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between the transnational circulation of texts and English-language literature of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth.  He shows that both rivalry with English and the ambition to succeed in London shaped Irish, Scottish, and American literature of the early nineteenth century.

Charles Rzepka, Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, University of Michigan; MA, PhD, University of California at Berkeley. Selected Publications: Detective Fiction (2005); Sacramental Commodities: Gift, Text, and the Sublime in De Quincey (1995); The Self as Mind: Vision and Identity in Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats (1986); “Race, Region, Rule: Genre and the Case of Charlie Chan,” PMLA (2007); “Pictures of the Mind: Iron and Charcoal, ‘Ouzy’ Tides and ‘Vagrant Dwellers’ at Tintern, 1798,” Studies in Romanticism (2003); “‘Cortez–or Balboa, or Somebody Like That’: Form, Fact, and Forgetting in Keats’s ‘Chapman’s Homer’ Sonnet,” Keats-Shelley Journal (2002); Obi: An edited online volume of taped performances and essays, Romantic Praxis (2002). Professor Rzepka is co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction and is currently working on a book project, Lyrical Empiricism on crime fiction and dramatic monologue.



Brooke Blower, Associate Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, University of California at Berkeley; MA, PhD, Princeton University. Focusing on American cultural history, urban history and the history of the United States in a transnational perspective, her research seeks to reexamine modern American culture and politics in an international framework. She teaches courses in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century American history, and is the author of an article in Prospects, an American studies journal published by Cambridge University Press, and she is at work on a book that reconsiders the role of Americans in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s. She has previously taught in the History Department and the Writing Program at Princeton University.

Charles Capper, Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Johns Hopkins University; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a two-volume biography, Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, the first volume of which won the Bancroft Prize for 1993 and the second of which was published in 2007. He is now working on a book on the Transcendentalist movement and Romantic intellectual culture in America. He published a collection of new scholarship on his book’s central circle in his and Conrad E. Wright’s Transient and Permanent: The Transcendentalist Movement in Its Contexts (1999). He has coedited with David A. Hollinger The American Intellectual Tradition, 2 vols., 5th ed. (2006). He has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Humanities Center, and Warren Center fellowships. He is the co-editor with Anthony J. La Vopa and Nicholas Phillipson of Modern Intellectual History.

Louis Ferleger, Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences. BBA, MA, PhD, Temple University. He is co-author of A New Mandate: Democratic Choices for a Prosperous Economy and editor of Agriculture and National Development: Views on the Nineteenth Century. He is also co-editor of Slavery, Secession, and Southern History.

Marilyn Halter (See above, under the Director of Graduate Studies heading)

Linda Heywood, Professor of History and African American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Brooklyn College; MA, PhD, Columbia University. Her specializations include african history, in particular the african diaspora. She is the author of Contested Power in Angola, 1840s to the present (2000) and is now working (with John Thornton) on Angolans in the early Anglo-Dutch Atlantic, 1615-50 (under contract with Cambridge University Press).

Brendan McConville, Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Reed College; MA, PhD, Brown University. Brendan McConville’s research focuses on the intersection of politics and social developments in early America. He is the author of These Daring Disturbers of the Public Peace (Cornell, 1999, paperback University of Pennsylvania, 2003), The King’s Three Faces: The Rise and Fall of Royal America (forthcoming, OIEAHC-UNC Press, 2005), and The American Revolution (forthcoming, Longman Press, 2005).

Sarah T. Phillips, Associate Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Florida State University, PhD, Boston University. Sarah Phillips teaches courses in twentieth-century U.S. history and American environmental history. She is the author of This Land, This Nation: Conservation, Rural America, and the New Deal (Cambridge, 2007). Other publications include articles in Environmental History and Agricultural History, and anthology chapters on transatlantic agrarian history, the Franklin Roosevelt presidency, and the conservation and environmental policy of state governors. She is currently working on a history of the foreign policy generated by the post-WWII agricultural surplus.

Ronald Richardson, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, MA, PhD, State University of New York, Binghamton. He is the author of Moral Imperium. His current project is entitled Winston S. Churchill: Imagining the Racial Self.

Jon H. Roberts, Tomorrow Foundation Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences. AB, University of Missouri; AM, PhD, Harvard University. He is the author of Darwinism and the Divine in America: Protestant Intellectuals and Organic Evolution, 1869-1900 and the co-author (with James Turner) of The Sacred and the Secular University. He is currently working on several projects dealing with the history of the relationship between science and religion, as well as a book dealing with the efforts of mainstream American Protestant intellectuals during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries to defend the privileged status of mind–divine and human–in the face of a series of challenges from forces associated with “modernity.”

Bruce Schulman, Chair and William E. Huntington Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Yale University; Ph.D., Stanford University. He is the author of From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980 (1991); Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism (1995); and The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics.

Nina Silber (See above, under Director, American & New England Studies Program heading)

History of Art and Architecture

Melanie Hall, Director of Museum Studies, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, University of Leeds (England). Her publications include over 30 historic district and town reports for the British government and articles and reviews in Furniture History, Architectural History, and Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society. Her recent work on the origins of the English National Trust is in publication with Yale University Press’ Studies in British Art series. Her current research focuses on museums dedicated to poets and writers and landscape preservation in New England and England. She is a contributor to the Buildings of England series.

Patricia Hills, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Stanford University; MA, City University of New York, Hunter College; PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Major books and catalogues for exhibitions she organized include: Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies of the 20th Century (2001); (co-author) Eastman Johnson: Painting America (1999); Stuart Davis (1996); John Singer Sargent (1986); Alice Neel (1983); Social Concern and Urban Realism: American Painting of the 1930s (1983); (co-author) The Figurative Tradition and The Whitney Museum of American Art: Paintings and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection (1980); Turn-of-the-Century America: Paintings, Graphics, Photographs, 1890-1910 (1977); The Painters’ America: Rural and Urban Life, 1810-1910 (1974); The American Frontier: Images and Myths (1973); and Eastman Johnson (1972). She has also contributed essays to catalogues of major exhibitions, such as Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence (2001); Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series (1993); Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, a Retrospective 1950-1990 (1992); The West as America (1991); and Eastman Johnson: The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket (1990). Her articles have appeared in American Art; Oxford Art Journal; Prospects; Archives of American Art Journal; Dictionary of Women Artist; The Encyclopedia of New York City; American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Vol. 2; Art in Bourgeois Society, 1790-1850 (1998); and Redefining American History Painting (1995). She is currently finishing a book, Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence.

William Moore, (see above, under the Director, Undergraduate Study heading)

Keith Morgan, Director of Architecture Studies, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, College of Wooster; MA, University of Delaware; PhD, Brown University. Professor Morgan has taught courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American architecture at Boston University since 1980. A former director of both the American & New England Studies Program and the Preservation Studies Program, he has chaired the Art History Department for two terms. He is a former national president of the Society of Architectural Historians and has received numerous grants and awards. His publications include Charles A. Platt: The Artist as Architect (1985) and Shaping an American Landscape: The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt (1990). With his BU colleague Naomi Miller, Professor Morgan wrote Boston Architecture 1975-1990 (1990). He has also written introductions for new editions of Charles Platt’s Italian Gardens, originally published in 1894, and Charles Eliot’s Landscape Architect. His current book project is Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, to be published by Oxford University Press for the Society of Architectural Historians.

Paolo Scrivano, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences. D.Arch., Ph.D., Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Professor Scrivano’s research focuses on 19th and 20th century architecture with a specific interest in historiography and the postwar years. He has organized symposia and exhibitions, edited books and contributed essays and chapters to collective works: his publications and activities include Tra Guerra e Pace. Società, Cultura e Architettura nel Secondo Dopoguerra (Milan 1998, as co-editor), Storia di un’idea di architettura moderna. Henry-Russell Hitchcock and the International Style (Milan 2001), Olivetti Builds: Modern Architecture in Ivrea (Milan 2001, with Patrizia Bonifazio), the exhibition “Building the Human City: Adriano Olivetti and Town-Planning” (Milan Triennale, 2002) and the organization of the international conference “The Americanization of Postwar Architecture” (University of Toronto, 2005).

Kim Sichel, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences. AB, Brown University; M.Phil., PhD, Yale University. Professor Sichel, a historian of photography, a has published numerous articles, book chapters, and exhibition catalogues in Europe and the United States. Her most recent publications are Germaine Krull: The Monte Carlo Years (Montreal: Museum of Fine Arts, 2007) and TO FLY: Contemporary Aerial Photography (Boston University Art Gallery and University of Washington Press, 2007) She is the author of Germaine Krull: Photographer of Modernity, 1999, published in English by MIT Press and in German by Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. This book was a finalist for the Kraszna-Kraus Foundation award for best photographic history book of 1999 and won an award for best photography monograph for 1999 from the Maine Photographic Workshops. Her other exhibition catalogues include Street Portraits 1946-1976: The Photographs of Jules Aarons; Brassaï: Paris le jour, Paris la nuit; From Icon to Irony: German and American Industrial Photography; Black Boston: Documentary Photography and the African American Experience; Mapping the West: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photographs from the Boston Public Library; Turn of the Century Photographs by Robert Demachy; Power and Paper: Margaret Bourke-White, Modernity, and the Documentary Mode; and Philip Guston 1975-1980: Private and Public Battle.
Curriculum Vitae

Gregory Williams , Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Claremont McKenna College; MA, Tufts University; PhD, City University of New York. Since arriving at BU in 2005, he has delivered lectures and participated in conferences in Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Beacon (New York) and Cologne. An editor-at-large of Brooklyn’s Cabinet magazine, he has published art criticism in numerous periodicals, including Artforum International and Texte zur Kunst, and has contributed several essays to international exhibition catalogues. He has written catalogue essays for the retrospective exhibitions of Rosemarie Trockel at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne (2005) and Martin Kippenberger at the Tate Modern in London (2006). His essay, “Jokes Interrupted: Martin Kippenberger’s Receding Punch Line,” first published as part of the Kippenberger retrospective at the Tate Modern, was reprinted in Jennifer Higgie, ed., The Artist’s Joke (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007). He teaches lecture courses and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels in modern and contemporary art and critical theory. His book-in-progress explores art, humor and politics in West Germany from the 1960s through the 1980s. Professor Williams has received several fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, a grant from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, as well as a Faculty Research Visit Grant from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). He was recently awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Getty Foundation, which will support a leave of absence during the 2008-2009 academic year.


Cheryl Boots, Lecturer in Humanities, College of General Studies. BA, Mount Union College; MA, Michigan State University; MA, PhD, Boston University. Her research interests include music in American literature and culture, especially 19th–20th century, and U.S. cultural history, 1800–1940.

Adam Sweeting, Acting Chair and Associate Professor of Humanities, College of General Studies. BA, Clark University; MA, PhD, New York University. His writing and research interests focus on the overlap of natural and cultural forces in American life. In his most recent book, Beneath the Second Sun: A Cultural History of Indian Summer, 2003, I explore the numerous ways that Indian summer weather has been experienced and portrayed in poetry, folklore, painting, and the popular imagination. He is also in the very beginning stages of a new book entitled Evening’s Empire: A Cultural History of Nighttime in America. In this book he considers the history of technologies that illuminate the night: fire, whale oil lamps, gas lamps, electricity, and neon. He is especially interested in how our technological and cultural innovations have altered our sense of the naturalness of the night.

International Relations

Andrew Bacevich, Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University. A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, he received his Ph. D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton. He is the author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005) among other books.


Peter L. Freeman, Adjunct Professor of Law, School of Law; Partner, Wylie, Lipman, and Freeman. BA, Yale University; JD, Boston University. Before moving to Cape Cod in 1984, Mr. Freeman was chairman of the Town of Brookline, MA, Historical Commission. He was also general counsel to a Boston developer and worked on numerous adaptive use and renovation projects. On Cape Cod, he was chairman of the Barnstable Committee of the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District for twelve years and for many of those years was also chairman of the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District Commission. He has advised and represented clients on numerous historic preservation matters, before historic district commissions and in court.


Victor Coehlo, Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, College of Fine Arts; Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. BA, University of California, Berkeley; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. As a specialist on popular music, he is interested in Afro-American music, rock history, improvisation, and performance issues, and has appeared on the Fox Network, the CBC, and MTV. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984–5), the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1990), the University of Melbourne (1992), and Cornell University (1995). In 2004, he was Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti in Florence. From 1986 to 2005 he taught at the University of Calgary, where he was named University Professor. His books include Music and Science in the Age of Galileo (Kluwer), The Manuscript Sources of 17th–Century Italian Lute Music (Garland), Performance on Lute, Guitar, and Vihuela (Cambridge), and the Cambridge Companion to the Guitar. He is currently writing, with Keith Polk, a history of Renaissance instrumental music. As a lutenist he has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe, and in 2000 he received the Noah Greenberg Award given by the American Musicological Society for outstanding contributions to the performance of early music. His recordings as lutenist and director appear on the Stradivarius and Toccata Classics labels, and he is also the founder and guitarist of the Rooster Blues Band, which has released two albums, Come on in my Kitchen and Bluestoons on the UCM label

Marié Abe,  Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology, College of Fine Arts. MA and PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a degree in sociology, anthropology, and ethnomusicology from Swathmore College. Her scholarship explores politics of space and sound, critical cultural theory, and Japanese popular performing arts. Other research interests include cultural advocacy, ritual music in Bali and Thailand, the global circulation of tango, the accordion and immigrant communities in California, and afro-futurism in the United States. She is currently working on a book-length ethnographic analysis of chindon-ya, a live musical advertisement practice in Japan. She is also a co-producer of the NPR radio documentary “Squeezebox Stories” (premiered in Fall 2011), which tells stories from Californian immigration history using the accordion as a common trope. Marié is an active performer of the accordion and piano, with frequent concert tours and collaborations with recording artists from the United States and Japan, including the Boston-based Ethiopian groove collective, Debo Band.


Victor Kestenbaum, Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor of Education, School of Education. AB, EdD, Rutgers University; MAT, Trenton State College. Dr. Kestenbaum is the author of: The Phenomenological Sense of John Dewey: Habit and Meaning (Humanities Press, 1977), The Grace and the Severity of the Ideal: John Dewey and the Transcendent (The University of Chicago Press, 2002) and the editor of The Humanity of the Ill: Phenomenological Perspectives (The University of Tennessee Press, 1982). Dr. Kestenbaum is author of the Editor’s Preface to Dewey’s Theory of the Moral Life (Irvington Publishers, 1992). His research interests are in the areas of American Philosophy (principally William James and John Dewey), the relationship of Pragmatism to Phenomenology, and Philosophy and Literature. Dr. Kestenbaum is beginning work on the phenomenology of attention in Robert Frost and Mark Rothko. It will seek to clarify how the natural and the transcendent function in poet and painter.

Political Science

David A. Mayers, Professor of Political Science and History, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Oberlin College; MA, PhD, University of Chicago. His most recent book is titled Dissenting Voices in America’s Rise to Power, which examines establishment dissenters in the history of US foreign relations, from the Louisiana Purchase to the Korean War. Currently he is working on a book about FDR’s diplomacy.

Graham Wilson, Chair and Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences. M.A., University of Essex; B.A., Ph.D., Oxford University. He is the author of Business and Politics: A Comparative Introduction (2002), Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective (1998), Interest Groups (1990), The Politics of Safety and Health (1985), Interest Groups in the United States (1981), and Unions in American National Politics (1979).


Stephen R. Prothero, Professor of Religion, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Yale University; MA, PhD, Harvard University. His first book, The White Buddhist: the Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (1996), was awarded the Best First Book in the History of Religions for 1996 by the American Academy of Religion. He has published articles in Journal of the American Academy of Religion and American Religion and Culture. He is also the co-editor, with Thomas Tweed, of Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History (Oxford University Press, 1998) and the author of Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America (University of California Press, 2001). His recent book is American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004).


Nancy Ammerman, Chair of Sociology, Professor of Sociology of Religion, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Southwest Baptist University; MA, University of Louisville; M.Phil., PhD, Yale University. Dr. Ammerman has spent more than a decade studying American religious organizations and the people who participate in them. Her 2005 book, Pillars of Faith: American Congregations and their Partners (University of California Press) describes the common organizational patterns that shape the work of America’s diverse communities of faith. It was named distinguished book of the year by the American Sociological Association’s Religion Section. She has also written extensively on conservative religious movements. She has served as President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the ASA Religion Section, and the SSSR and has lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, Israel, South Africa, and China. Currently, with funding from the Templeton Foundation, she is exploring “Spiritual Narratives in Everyday Life,” a research project that will analyze how and when religion is present in the everyday worlds of ordinary Americans.

Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Spelman College; MA,PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Professor Benjamin also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Center for Society & Genetics. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of science, medicine & biotechnology; history and social studies of racial & gender taxonomies; science policy, public health, and critical social theory. She is currently completing a book, People’s Science, which examines ethnoracial, gender, class, and disability politics as a constitutive feature of stem cell research. Drawing upon multi-sited fieldwork in California’s stem cell agency, biotech industry conferences, legal hearings, civic events,  a stem cell transplant facility, and a sickle cell clinic, she analyze the ways in which social identity and group interests co-produce the scientific, political, economic, and ethical apparatus used to support and contest this emerging science. A second project, National Genome Inc.: Genomic Sovereignty & Comparative Biopolitics of Race-Ethnicity is a study of the geneticization of race and nationality in three countries (India, Mexico, and South Africa) that are mapping and marketing the genetic diversity of their populations.

Japonica Brown-Saracino, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences.  BA, Smith College; PhD, Northwestern University. Professor Brown-Saracino is an expert on urban and community sociology.  She comes to Boston University from Loyola University Chicago, where she served as Assistant Professor of Sociology from 2007.  Professor Brown-Saracino is the author of A Neighborhood That Never Changes: Gentrification, Social Preservation, and the Search for Authenticity. Last year as a Research Affiliate at the Five Women’s Studies Research Center, she studied the development of lesbian communities in urban spaces.

Julian Go, Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, University of Michigan; MA, PhD, University of Chicago. Professor Go’s teaching and research areas include comparative-historical sociology, globalization, cultural sociology, social theory, and colonialism and post-colonialism. He has received grants or fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation & the University of Chicago Council on Advanced Studies in Peace and International Cooperation, the Harvard Academy, the United States Department of Education, and the American Sociological Association-National Science Foundation (Funds for the Advancement of the Discipline). His 2008 book American Empire and the Politics of Meaning won the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book from the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association. Much of Julian’s work has focused upon the United States empire and American colonialism, examining them from the perspective of cultural sociology, political sociology, and comparative-historical sociology. This research has resulted in various articles and two book projects: The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives (co-edited with Anne Foster, Duke University Press, 2003 and Anvil Press), and American Empire and the Politics of Meaning (Duke University Press, 2008). He is also editor of the book, to be published by the Vibal Foundation in the Philippines in 2009, More American Than We Admit.

Nazli Kibria, Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences. MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Publications include: Family Tightrope: The Changing Lives of Vietnamese Americans (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993) Becoming Asian American: Identities of Second Generation Chinese and Korean Americans (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) and Muslims in Diaspora: Bangladeshis at Home and Abroad (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, forthcoming)

Ashley Mears, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, University of Georgia; MA, PhD, New York University. Her forthcoming book, Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model, examines the social production of value in fashion modeling markets. Through ethnography, she traced the backstage work and collaboration behind the fashion “look” in modeling markets in New York and London. Mears’ research centers on how culture is produced. Her work on fashion modeling examines how that industry creates ideas about beauty and what factors shape the social production of the resulting advertisements and popular media images. She also analyzes questions about culture from a variety of theoretical angles, looking especially at how gender and racial stratification shape the market. Her combination of cultural sociology with economic sociology also involves a comparative perspective across nations and regions of the world.

John Stone, Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, MA, Cambridge University; PhD, Oxford University. He specializes in race and ethnic conflict, international migration and social theory. Among his publications are Racial Conflict in Contemporary Society, Alexis de Tocqueville on Democracy, Revolution and Society, and Race and Ethnicity: Comparative and Theoretical Approaches. He is the Founder Editor of Ethnic and Racial Studies and was an Editor of the recently published, 11 volume Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2006). Before coming to BU in 2001, he was on the faculty at Columbia University, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, The University of London and George Mason University.


Anthony G. Barrand, University Professor; Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, University of Keele (England); PhD, Cornell University. Much of Tony’s research and teaching has focused on various forms of the seasonal display dances now known generically as Morris dancing. His 33-year collection of film and video of English and American was recently acquired by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress and has been digitized and made available on-line. Tony’s current work with his archive concerns the nearly 300-hours of recordings of lessons with the late Anna Marley, a wooden-shoe dancer from the mill town of Rockville, CT. He is probably best known, however, as part of the singing team John Roberts and Tony Barrand who have delighted audiences across the USA for almost four decades with their “a capella” duets of English folk bawdry and balladry, Morris and clog dancing, monologues and storytelling. Recent releases are Heartoutbursts: Lincolnshire Folksongs Collected by Percy Grainger and Naulakha Redux: Songs of Rudyard Kipling. Just Say Nowell is the 6th recording in a series over 30 years with the Christmas pageant Nowell Sing We Clear with Andy Davis and Fred Breunig. Their numerous recordings are available from Golden Hind Records.

Richard M. Candee, Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. AB, Oberlin College; MA, State University of New York, Oneonta; AM, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. He first taught at Boston University in 1974 and helped found the Preservation Studies Program; in 1983 he became the Program director and served until 2004. Dr. Candee was an architectural historian at Old Sturbridge Village from 1969 to 1976 doing a regional survey of New England textile mill villages, and from 1976 to 1983 worked as a preservation consultant for private clients, historical organizations, and public agencies. He has served as a founder and president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, trustee of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, and treasurer of Preservation Action, the national lobby. He was also president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and chaired two national meetings at Sturbridge, MA (1981) and Portsmouth, NH (1992). He co-founded Portsmouth Advocates and served as a trustee of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, and Maine Citizens for Historic Preservation. His book Atlantic Heights: A World War I Shipbuilder’s Community was published by the Portsmouth Marine Society in 1985. Building Portsmouth: The Neighborhoods and Architecture of New Hampshire’s Oldest City (1992) is now in a second, enlarged edition (2006). In retirement has also published a CD book on American knitting machines, a study of Wallace Nutting’s Portsmouth photographs (2007), ands several book chapters and essays. He currently serves as Vice President and exhibits chair of the Portsmouth Historical Society and chairs the Collections Committee at the American Textile History Museum.