2000 Speaker Biographies

Preventing Deadly Conflict: Toward a World Without War 
Greg Francis is a Curriculum Specialist with Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) at the Institute of International Studies (IIS) at Stanford University. He is the primary author of the SPICE curriculum unit, Preventing Deadly Conflict: Toward a World Without War.

India and the Colonial Encounter: the 19th Century 
Deana Heath is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of History at UC Berkeley who works on the British empire, specializing in India and Australia during the 19th and 20th centuries. She is currently working on a dissertation project entitled "Creating the 'Moral' Colonial Subject: Censoring in Australia and India, 1880 to 1939."

Regional Diversity and Imperial Unity: The Roman Empire and the Creation of a Universal People 
Richard Hoffman received his Ph.D in History from UC Berkeley in 1972 and began teaching Roman and Greek history at San Francisco State University, where he is now chair of the Department of History. In 1996 he received the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the Northern California Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. His dissertation topic, Provincial Administration in the late Roman Republic, has led him to pursue various aspects of the development of the Roman Empire and the history of the provinces. His current research concerns the creation of new cultural patterns in Roman Syria in the first and second centuries A.D.

Revolutions in Daily Life: Views from Home and Work 
Christina Kulke is a Ph.D candidate in Modern European history at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation follows the story of one multi-ethnic borderland city (L'viv, in present-day Ukraine) under Nazism and Stalinism, in the years surrounding, and including, the Second World War.

Conflict, Cooperation, Coercion and States 
David Leonard is the Dean of International and Area Studies and Professor of African Politics and Development AdministrationDean Leonard received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the Politics of Development, focusing on Africa. His publications include Reaching the Peasant Farmer: Organization Theory and Practice in Kenya(University of Chicago Press, 1977), Institutions of Rural Development for the Poor (co-edited, Institute of International Studies, 1982), and African Successes: Four Public Managers of Kenyan Rural Development (University of California Press, 1991).

Shredded Memories Among Indigenous Peoples in the Valley of Mexico, 1530-1580 
Amos Megged received his Ph.D in history from the University of Cambridge, England and has been a visiting scholar to UC Berkeley since 1999. He is an expert on early colonial Mesoamerica, and local religion. His research at Berkeley focuses on the indigenous-Spanish discourse of the colonial courts of Mexico and Central America from 1530-1590. His latest books and articles include Exporting the Catholic Reformation: Local Religion in Early Colonial Mexico and Ethnohistory, vol 46 No. 1, 149-172.

Legacies of the Ottoman Empire in Modern Turkey 
Leslie Pierce received her Ph.D in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 1988 and has been with UC Berkeley's Near Eastern Studies department since 1998. Her fields of interest include Ottoman history, gender studies and law and society. Her first book, The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire (Oxford, 1993), won the Turkish Studies Association Prize and has been translated into Turkish and Greek. Her second book Making Justice: Women and the Moral Economy of an Ottoman Court is forthcoming with University of California Press.

Renegotiating Tradition in Post-Apartheid South Africa 
Ariana Reynolds is a graduate student in the Department of History at UC Berkeley focusing on southern Africa. Her overseas experience includes an undergraduate semester abroad at the University of Cape Town, extensive travel in Malawi and Zimbabwe, and Zulu language study in KwaZulu-Natal. Before coming to Berkeley she taught language arts at a bilingual elementary school in East Harlem and worked as an analyst and spokesperson for the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District. In her spare time she writes and illustrates children's books.

Israel: Lessons, Insights and Challenges of Emerging Nations 
Allan Solomonow received his B.A. in Political Science at UC Berkeley and his M.A.T. at Antioch University. He taught middle school in New York City and now directs the Middle East Program for the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco. He has worked on Middle East peace issues for thirty years. This fall he will be teaching "Peacemaking in the Middle East" at UCB.

Europe, the Nation State, and Transnational Visions 
Mark Vail is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley. He received a B.A. in an honors humanities program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1993, with a focus on French literature and modern European History, and an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1996, with a focus on European and International Law and contemporary European politics. In 1997, he began his studies at Berkeley, receiving an MA in 1998. His research interests include contemporary French and German social policy and political theory. His publications include "The Better Part of Valour: The Politics of French Welfare Reform," the Journal of European Social Policy vol. 9, no. 4 (1999).

Empire and Republic: The Ancient and Modern Chinese State 
Frederic Wakeman is the Haas Professor of Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. He studied European history and literature at Harvard, political science at the Institut d'etudes politiques in Paris, and East Asian history and languages at Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D in 1965. One of his past works, The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth Century China, won the Levenson Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He is currently working on a study on Dai Li, the head of Chiang Kai-shek's secret police. Professor Wakeman is currently director of Berkeley's Institute of East Asian Studies.

Monarchs, Merchants and Middle Classes in Russia's Periods of Transition 
Lisa Walker is a Ph.D candidate in Modern Russian and European History at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation focuses on social identity in provincial Russian towns at the turn of the 20th century. She studied Russian literature of roughly the same period in college in Amherst, Massachusetts, and she lived and worked in Russia on and off between 1993 and 1996. She will spend the next academic year doing research in libraries and archives in St. Petersburg and in two towns in Russia's Volga region.