Melikian Faculty Affiliates

Lee B. Croft
INTERNATIONAL LETTERS AND CULTURES
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D., Cornell University
Research Interests:
poetics, linguistics
Dan Fellner
INTERDISCIPLINARY HUMANITIES AND COMMUNICATION
Faculty Associate
M.A., Ohio State University
Research Interests:
Public Relations, Print and Broadcast Journalism
Frederick Giffin
HISTORY
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D., Emory University
Research Interests:
Soviet Union, U.S.-Russian Relations
Brian Goodman
ENGLISH
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Harvard University
Research Interests:
Circulation of literature and culture between the United States and the Eastern bloc, particularly Czechoslovakia, during the Cold War.
Brian Gratton
HISTORY
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D., Boston University
Research Interests:
U.S. Social and Immigration History; the Elderly; Mexican Americans and Hispanics; Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) Attitudinal Survey
Monica Green
HISTORY
Professor
Ph.D, Princeton University
Research Interests:
Global history of health, history of women's healthcare, medieval European history, digital humanities (manuscript culture)

Current research:  Monica H. Green, Professor of History, is currently working on a book, The Black Death: A Global History. Plague is a Eurasian disease par excellence. Its causative organism, the bacterium Yersinia pestis, originated on the northern Eurasia steppe sometime in the past 28,000 years, and although it is primarily a disease of wild animals, it has been the documented cause of major human mortality for the past 5000 years. The Black Death pandemic (usually dated 1346-1353, but actually "seeding" strains that survive to the present day) was without doubt the largest pandemic in human history, and our knowledge of it is being repeatedly overturned because of new developments in genetics. Using the new evolutionary narrative of Y. pestis's history provided by genetics, Green is recasting traditional narratives of the Black Death—which previously have seen it primarily as a Mediterranean and western European phenomenon—and broadening the narrative to include central and eastern Eurasia, as well as sub-Saharan Africa. This project seeks to show how and why the Middle Ages shaped the world we still inhabit today, including our own state of Arizona, where plague continues to thrive. With support from the Melikian Center, she presented a paper, "The Migrations of Plague in Mongol Eurasia: Reading Genetics as History,” at the conference, Migrations in Mongol Eurasia: People, Ideas, Artifacts, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 18-20 December 2017.

 

 

Aleksandra Gruzinska
INTERNATIONAL LETTERS AND CULTURES
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Research Interests:
Polish, French
Ana Hedberg Olenina
INTERNATIONAL LETTERS AND CULTURES
Assistant Professor
PhD, Harvard University
Research Interests:
Twentieth-century Russian literature and film, with a focus on the Soviet avant-garde
Andi Hess
LEADERSHIP AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Instructor
M.S., Arizona State University
Research Interests:
Integration sciences and interdisciplinary theory and process, research methods and measurement, nationalism, and identity in post-communist Eastern Europe, as well as developing and leading study abroad programs in the Western Balkans.
Paul Hirt
HISTORY
Professor of History & Senior Sustainability Scholar
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Research Interests:
Global environmental history, environmental policy and sustainability studies, including Croatia and Slovenia

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