Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.
Daniel Tuzzeo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford. His research examines medieval Chinese Buddhists’ efforts to map cosmology through text and image, with a focus on activity near Dunhuang from the sixth to eleventh centuries. Situating local cosmological developments and discontinuities within the wider field of Chinese Buddhism, Daniel treats a variety of texts, murals, and maps whose productions range from the Six Dynasties (220-589) to the Song (960-1279), from sand swept caves along the Silk Road to elite temples of central China, and from the hands of anonymous scribes to imperially sponsored scholar-monks.
Chet Van Duzer
Chet Van Duzer is an NEH-Mellon Fellow at the Library of Congress and a board member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester, which brings multispectral imaging to cultural institutions around the world. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps. His book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps was published in 2013 by the British Library, and is now available in German and Russian editions, with a Chinese edition on the way. His book The World for a King: Pierre Desceliers’ Map of 1550 was published at the end of 2015 by the British Library, and in 2016 Brill published a book he co-authored with Ilya Dines, Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript. His current NEH project is a study of the annotations in a heavily annotated copy of the 1525 edition of Ptolemy’s Geography.
Dr. Katherine Parker has a PhD in History from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Research Officer at Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps and Administrative Editor of the Hakluyt Society. Her current project is to prepare her dissertation, on the creation of geographic knowledge about the Pacific in the eighteenth century, into a book manuscript. She lives in London, UK.
Madalina Veres is an historian of the Habsburg Monarchy in a global context and is interested in the history of science in the early-modern period with a focus on cartography. She is currently working on her book manuscript entitled “Foot Soldiers of Empire. Habsburg Cartographers in the Age of Enlightened Reform” based on her PhD dissertation defended at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Madalina’s work has appeared in journals, such as the Austrian History Yearbook and Itinerario, International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, and in collective volumes dedicated to the history of cartography.
Benjamin Sacks is a PhD student at Princeton University. Ben’s work focuses on re-centering cartography, cartographers, and surveyors at the heart of the colonial urban experience in the British Atlantic world including the history of urbanization. His work draws on key components of cartographic history and digital humanities – network analysis and geographical information systems – to understand colonial planning and planners in ways previously unavailable, or ignored, by historians. This includes retracing surveyors and cartographers’ intertwined professional and familial networks, and rebuilding important maps and surveys (e.g., the 1739 Gibraltar Bland Inquiry, and the 1771 establishment of Georgetown, Minorca) in a three-dimensional geospatial program. In so doing, his work forms part of his long-term effort to reintegrate geography and cartography back into historical scholarship and analysis. Benjamin is one of the younger geographers that is pushing the cartographic envelope in understanding history. He is a 2009 national Beinecke scholar and an elected fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Mirela Altic is the Head of the Centre of Urban and Social History at the Institute of Social Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia and full professor in the Department of History, University of Zagreb. Her expertise is in the history of the cartography of the Balkans and the Americas—an unusual combination that gives her particular insight into the comparative history of cartography. In recent years she has presented work on Jesuit cartography, the cartographic secrecy surrounding Dubrovnik, and the Historical Atlas of Croatian Towns, an internationally funded project which she directs. She is a Vice-chair of ICA Commission on the History of Cartography.
Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein is a third-year PhD student in Stanford's History Department. She works with Professor Paula Findlen on early modern Europe, and is interested in cartography, the Society of Jesus, the overlap between science and theater, and any combination thereof! She was recently awarded the California Map Society's inaugural student essay prize in collaboration with the David Rumsey Map Center for her paper "Delisle, De Fer, and the Mississippi: The High-Water Mark of Ançien Régime Mapmaking." She is currently graduate coordinator for the Rumsey Center’s upcoming conference "Time in Space: Representing Time in Maps" in November, 2017.
Peter Hick is a third-year student in the History department at Stanford, with a primary field in Late Imperial China. His work centers on the social history of the Siyi region of Guangdong, focusing on the peak period of out-migration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Edward Boyle is an assistant professor at Kyushu University. His work seeks to understand the constitution of the territory of the state as a means of legitimating political practice. His dissertation focuses on the incorporation of Japan’s northern territories into the space of the state from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. He is also a proponent of border studies, an interdisciplinary endeavour seeking to understand the multifaceted ways in which territory is envisaged and mobilized under globalization, and conducts research on contemporary border issues in Japan, Georgia and India’s Northeast.
Steven Press is an Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University, He received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His first book, Rogue Empires: Conmen and Contracts in Europe's Scramble for Africa, was published in April 2017 by Harvard University Press). It offers a new, international approach to understanding the European Scramble for Africa by re-examining one of its pivotal projects: empires run by companies and individual adventurers. Some of Steven’s earlier research has appeared in articles in the Journal of Modern History and Central European History.
Lauren Killingsworth is an undergraduate student at Stanford University where she studies history and biology. Her work focuses on medical cartography in America and Britain in the nineteenth century, specifically the practice of mapping cholera and yellow fever outbreaks. She aims to understand the role of cartography in the debate between contagionists and anti-contagionists (or “localists”) during the cholera outbreaks of the mid-nineteenth century. She is also interested in the role of medical cartography in shaping popular perceptions of disease and public health.
Junia Furtado is full professor of Early Modern History at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais/Brazil. She received her Masters and Ph.D in Social History from the Universidade de São Paulo/Brazil. She has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University (2000), Newberry Library (Sept/Oct 2007), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (2008), and most recently at John Carter Brown Library for short periods (2016 and 2017). She also has been a visiting professor in the History Department at Princeton University (Spring 2001), at Instituto de Ciências Sociais/Universidade de Lisboa (Jan-March 2010) and at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (2017). Most recently, earlier this year she organized the Belo Horizonte: the 27th International Conference on History of Cartography, by Imago Mundi.
Joel Radunzel is an unusual scholar of cartography as a current infantry officer and a geography faculty member at USMA - West Point. He is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of International and Public Affairs, where he completed a prize-winning masters thesis on the critical role of cartography in the British Palestine campaign (he studied under Mark Monmonier and used David Woodward’s suggested framework for the study of Military Cartography). He received funding for this thesis from AAG’s Cartography Speciality Group. Aside from his unusual background, he has knowledge of an area that is understudied, namely Palestine.