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 a bilingual critical edition, Cómo Ser Rey: Instrucciones del emperador Carlos V a su hijo Felipe (Madrid: Ediciones El Viso, 2014).
Paul Dunscomb received his degree in East Asian History from the University of Kansas
and specializes in modern Japan. His early research focused on Imperial Japan
and culminated in Japan's Siberian
Intervention, 1918-1922: "A Great Disobedience Against the People." Lanham,
MD: Lexington Books, 2011. The book was described by The Journal of Japanese Studies, the premier American journal for this
field, as "meticulously researched," precisely delineating "the cutting edge
historiography over the last two decades of Japanese modernity and empire," and
concluded the book was "now the standard work on the subject." Since the
publication of the book his research focus has shifted to more recent
Japanese history. In March of 2014 the Association for Asian Studies published Japan Since 1945 as part of its Key Issues
in Asian Studies pamphlet series designed for students in advanced high school
and introductory college level courses focusing on Asia. That same month his
chapter "Images of What Never Was to Suggest What Might Be; Japanese Popular
Culture and Japaneseness," examining four Japanese anime series to describe
competing conceptions of Japaneseness (two positive, two negative) as the long
Lost Decade (1992-2004) was ending in Japan appeared in the volume The Dynamics of Cultural Counterpoint in
Asian Studies, edited by David Jones and Michele Marion. Albany: SUNY
Albany Press, 2014. His new book project on the Crisis in Japanese Professional Baseball of 2004 continues his pioneering efforts in
the history of Early Heisei Japan (January 1989-September 2009).
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. A Korean translation of his study has recently been published by 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 project 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 on aspects of 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 on his book, which is a cultural history project 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 received his PhD from Georgetown University. His 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 (Summer, 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.