Steering Committee

Greg O’Malley is Director of the CWH and an Associate Professor of History. His research interests include the early modern Atlantic world, slavery, the slave trade, and the American Revolution. He is the author of Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 and serves on the steering committee of Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.



Maya Peterson is an Associate Professor of History. Her research interests include Imperial Russian and Soviet history; comparative empires and colonialism; and the histories of science, technology, medicine, and the environment. Her recently completed book, Pipe Dreams: Water and Empire in Central Asia’s Aral Sea Basin, was published in the Cambridge University Press Studies in Environment and History series in 2019.

Ben Breen is an Assistant Professor of History. His research interests include early modern Europe, the history of science and technology, the global drug trade, and world history. He is currently finishing a book, The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade. He is also starting research for a second book that will explore the misidentification of unfamiliar technologies as magic over the past three centuries.



Marc Matera is an Associate Professor of History. His research interests include Modern Britain and the British Empire; Black European Studies; the Black Atlantic; women’s and gender history; and the history of sexuality. He is the author of Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century and co-author of The Global 1930s.



Affiliated Faculty

Edmund Burke, Professor Emeritus of History

Alan Christy, Associate Professor of History

Alma Heckman, Assistant Professor of History

Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History

Sharon Kinoshita, Professor of Literature

J. Cameron Monroe, Associate Professor of Anthropology

S. Ravi Rajan, Professor of Environmental Studies

Juned Shaikh, Assistant Professor of History

Edward (Noel) Smyth, Lecturer, Writing Program

Megan Thomas, Associate Professor of Politics

Lynn Westerkamp, Professor of History


Affiliated Graduate Students

Bristol Cave-LaCoste

Kiran Garcha

Daniel Joesten

Taylor Kirsch

Priscilla Martinez

Wilson Miu

Jaclyn Schultz

Andrei Tcacenco