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 performance in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Her current book project Treating the Public: Theater, 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: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 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. His book, due out in the fall of 2015, examines 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 an 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.