Maura Jane Farrelly, a scholar of colonial and early-American history, is the author of "Anti-Catholicism in America, 1620-1860" (Cambridge University Press). Her current research project, "Compliments of Hamilton and Sargent: A Story of Mystery and Tragedy and the Closing of the American Frontier," uses the lives of three people in Wyoming at the turn of the 20th century to explore the right to be forgotten.
Leigh Bloch is an anthropologist trained in sociocultural and archaeological subfields. Their book project focuses on the unfinished histories of mound landscapes: earthwork constructions built by diverse Native American peoples across eastern North America over the past 5,500 years.
Daniel Breen is an expert on American law and the history of the early Republic. He teaches courses in American studies and legal studies, including The Legal Boundaries of Public and Private Life; Louis Brandeis: Law, Business and Politics; and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Constitutional Debates.
Thomas Doherty's special interest is American film and culture. As a Fulbright scholar, he has lectured in New Zealand, South Korea, Albania, and the Netherlands. His most recent book is Little Lindy Is Kidnapped: How the Media Covered the Crime of the Century (Columbia University Press, 2019).
Brian Donahue, an expert on the farm and forest history of New England, co-authored a study that found that New England is losing 65 acres of forest per day to land conversion. The study, called "Wildlands and Woodlands: Farmlands and Communities," urges the region to rethink its land use practices, protect more forest and farmland and increase local food and wood production.
Richard Gaskins is a scholar of comparative law and social welfare, global justice and human rights, economic philosophies, and legal argumentation. His research interests connect the fields of torts, social welfare and environmental regulation, along with comparative studies in Iceland and New Zealand.
Jonathan Krasner's research interests include American Jewish history, the history of American Jewish education, and Jewish gender and sexuality studies. His current projects include a volume on Hebrew at Jewish residential summer camps (with Sarah Benor and Sharon Avni), which is forthcoming in 2020, and a history of Jewish day schools in North America.
Eileen McNamara is the author of “Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World” (Simon & Schuster, 2018). A former reporter and columnist for The Boston Globe, she won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and contributed to the coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. Her writing continues to appear there and on Cognoscenti, the commentary pages of WBUR.org, Boston's National Public Radio station.
Paula Musegades is a musicologist and specializes in American film music and popular music. She recently published Aaron Copland’s Hollywood Film Scores (University of Rochester Press, 2020). Her courses explore a wide range of American music topics, including Psalms to Hip Hop, Protest Through Song, Music in Film, and History of Rock.
Jerome Tharaud teaches courses on American literature and culture from the colonial period through the contemporary period. His current book project, "Apocalyptic Geographies," explores how 19th-century Americans used the landscape to help understand spiritual life, from the state of their souls to the fate of the globe. He is beginning work on a second research project that examines the modern American West in order to think about how human cultures adapt to scarcity.
Sascha Cohen is a historian of 20th century U.S. social movements and popular culture, currently completing her dissertation, "The Comedy of the Culture Wars: American Humor, Feminism and Gay Liberation, 1969-1989." Her writing can be found in TIME, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, NPR, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. She also teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis.