Ray Ball specializes in the history of early modern Europe, particularly Spain and its global empire. She is particularly interested in the intersections of political culture, urban life, and representation in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Her current book project Treating the Public: Public Drama, Public Health, and Public Opinion in the Early Modern Atlantic World is an examination of the comparative cultural, social, and political history of commercial theater, charitable organizations of welfare and public health, and public opinion in important cities in the Spanish and Anglo Atlantic Worlds during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Prof. Ball has also recently published an article "Water, Wine, and Aloja: Consuming Interests in the Corrales de Comedias 1600-1646" in the journal Comedia Performance (2013), and she is one of the editors of the forthcoming critical edition, Las instrucciones hológrafas de Carlos V para su hijo Felipe en 1543.
Paul Dunscomb's area of expertise is East Asian History. He is the author of "A Great Disobedience Against the People:" Japan's Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922 (2011) and Japan Since 1945 (forthcoming). The Association For Asian Studies (AAS) will release Japan Since 1945 by Paul Dunscomb as part of its Key Issues in Asian Studies (KIAS) pamphlet series in the fall of 2013. KIAS pamphlets are designed for students in advanced high school and introductory college level courses focusing on Asia. Japan Since 1945 describes the major developments in Japan since the end of World War Two but also grapples with the question of why, despite the vast changes that have taken place during that time, we still refer to it as Postwar Japan. Recently, Prof. Dunscomb has presented on this question at the Alaska World Affairs Council and at the Asian Studies Development Program National Conference in Phoenix March 2, 2013.
Songho Ha's primary research area is the U.S. Early Republic, and he is particularly interested in uses of political economy. He published The Rise and Fall of the American System: Nationalism and the Development of the American Economy, 1790-1837 with Pickering & Chatto Publishers of London in 2009. The Korean version of his study is coming out in December 2013 from Hakgobang Publisher of Seoul. He has also published in the Korean Journal of American Studies and the Korean Journal of American History. Currently Prof. Ha is working on two new book projects: The Life of Albert Gallatin, 1761-1849 and Images of the United States in South Korea.
Ian Hartman received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is currently completing a book on the way in which white racial identity in the American South has shaped public policy and popular culture throughout the nation. Professor Hartman has published his research in American Nineteenth Century History (August, 2012) and Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies (June, 2013); he has a forthcoming article in The Journal of Southern History and has contributed to the just-released Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, edited by Carlos E. Cortes. Prof. Hartman is looking forward to starting his next project, a book-length study of race, labor, and economic development in the American West since the Civil War.
Kurt Johnson's research interests focus on the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge and cultural artifacts from the Kaiserreich through the Weimar era in Germany. Using a broadly interdisciplinary methodology, he is interested in the ways that discoveries in the sciences and new directions in the creative arts worked to influence one another. At present Dr. Johnson is working a cultural history manuscript examining how evolutionary theory was reinterpreted across the German cultural scene to enable novel forms and practices of spirituality rooted in the natural human body around the fin de siècle. He has also published on issues of gender, sexuality, and citizenship in the Bundesrepublik."
Curtis Murphy's research focuses on urban history, the interaction of diverse social groups, and the interplay between state power and local self-government in eighteenth-and-nineteenth century Eastern Europe. His article, "Burghers vs. Bureaucrats: Enlightened Centralism, the Royal Towns, and the Case of the Propinacja Law in Poland-Lithuania, 1776-1793," published in Slavic Review (Sumer, 2012), explores the responses of town residents to the state's attempt to augment its competency and authority through alcohol legislation. Currently, Dr. Murphy is completing an article on the relationship of Christian burghers and Jewish autonomous institutions in the eighteenth-century, as well as working on a manuscript for a book investigating conflicts between the state and self-governing entities in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia from 1750 to 1850.