2005 Speaker Biographies

Sener Akturk received his bachelor's degrees in Political Science and International Studies, and his master's degree in International Relations, both from the University of Chicago. He is currently a second year student pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Berkeley. He has published articles in Ab Imperio (February 2005), Insight Turkey (March 2005), Journal of Central Asian Studies (forthcoming), Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations (Fall/Winter 2003), Journal of Academic Studies (August-October 2002; and May-June 2003) and in Hemispheres: The Tufts University Journal of International Affairs (2002).
Email: sakturk@berkeley.edu

Barbara Blinick has taught for 22 years, all at the high school level. She currently teaches World History and U.S. History at Lowell High School in San Francisco, where her U. S. History students conduct oral history and digital interviews as part of their study of the U.S.-Vietnam War. She is a California native, and received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and her Master's degree from San Francisco State University. Her goals as a teacher include empowering students to learn for themselves, and has found that digital video is a wonderful tool for achieving that goal.
Email: bblinick@sbcglobal.net

Todd Carrel reported from Asia for more than a decade, first for the Associated Press based in Tokyo, then as the ABC News Beijing bureau chief. He has been a journalist-in-residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu, a Knight International Press Fellow in Hong Kong, and a special fellow for the Independent Journalism Foundation in Phnom Penh. Mr. Carrel is currently a lecturer at Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley.
Email: wawawawa@aol.com

Christopher Beaver is an award-winning independent producer, writer and director of documentaries. He has taught film and video production at the UC Santa Cruz and Berkeley, the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and City College of San Francisco. Current projects include The Legacy of the New Deal, and Digital TV and the World in Shanghai and Phnom Penh.

Sandra Cate is an anthropologist and folklorist. Her work explores the material and expressive culture of Southeast Asia in such diverse manifestations as Hmong and Mien needlework, Buddhist temple murals, Lao silk weaving, and Bangkok traffic jams. Current research projects include textile tourism in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia and the contemporary art market in Southeast Asia. She teaches anthropology at San Jose State University and U. C. Santa Cruz.
Email: scate@ix.netcom.com

Linda Chang was the project developer and producer of KQED's new PacificLink educators' resource, an interactive online resource for learning about Asia and Asian America. She has worked as a program developer and manager with many arts and culture organizations from Chicago to Salt Lake City to the Bay Area. Linda graduated with a B.A. in public policy studies from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in Middle East Studies-History from the University of Utah. Her thesis examined the socio-economics of textile trade in the 19th century Middle East. A daughter of Chinese immigrants, her understanding of modern Chinese history comes from a blend of family narratives matched with readings from British and American scholarship.
Email: lc5150@pacbell.net

Wayne deFremery is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations department. He received his master's degree in Korean Studies at Seoul National University in 2002, where he focused on early modern Korean poetry. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Wayne first went to Korea as in English teacher in 1995 shortly after graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
Email: pwdef@hotmail.com

Alan Karras is a professor in the International and Area Studies teaching program, UC Berkeley. He completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Pennsylvania after attending Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of several books, including Sojourners in the Sun: Scottish Migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800. He works in political economy of industrial societies with a focus on race relations, state formation, migration, and contraband trade; currently he is preparing a world history of smuggling to appear in a new series for Rowman and Littlefield. He is also a member of the Test Development Committee for the AP World History Exam. 
Email: karras@Berkeley.EDU

Riaz Khan is Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of the John W. Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and both his M.A. in Political Science (1984) and his B.Sc. in Economics (1981) from Northeastern University, Boston. His primary interests include inter-relationships between trade, colonialism, and state formations in the 19th and 20th century. 
Email: riaz.khan@nyu.edu

Michele King is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese History at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation project focuses on female infanticide in late 19th century China, as seen through the writings of both Western missionaries and Chinese scholars. Prior to starting her graduate studies, she taught English as a Second Language for two years in a high school in Hunan, China.
Email: mtking@berkeley.edu

Robert Knapp is a Classics Professor at UC Berkeley. His special interests are in Roman History, Culture, and Literature. Publications include Aspects of the Roman Experience in Iberia, 206-100 B.C.; Roman Córdoba; Latin Inscriptions from Central Spain; Finis Rei Publicae: Eyewitnesses to the End of the Roman Republic (with Pamela Vaughan); Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (editor for Iberia). He is currently working on Invisible Romans: Self-Identity, Imposed Identity, and Power in the Roman World to investigate from their own points of view the social attitudes and conditions of the non-elites in the Roman world. 
Email: rcknapp@berkeley.edu

Dennis McMahon is currently the Public Affairs Specialist for Peace Corps' San Francisco Regional Office and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa from 1991-1993. As part of his efforts as a Volunteer, McMahon authored a series of traditional-style folk tales in the Bambara language. Through the stories, which were written to entertain and to inform, he was able to communicate valuable messages about health, through the local oral storytelling tradition. Several of the stories were published in the Mali's national Bambara newspaper, Jekabaara.
Email: DMcMahon@PeaceCorps.gov

Susan Gilson Miller is Director of the Moroccan Studies Program at Harvard University and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She teaches courses on Maghribi social and cultural history and Mediterranean urbanism. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from Brandeis University in Near Eastern Studies, and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. She has taught at Brandeis University, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a Visiting Lecturer at Venice International University and the University of Trieste. Dr. Miller's primary area of research is North African urban history in the colonial period. Her book, Disorienting Encounters, Travels of a Moroccan Scholar in France in 1845-46 was nominated for the King Faisal Prize in History. Most recently, she co-edited In the Shadow of the Sultan: Culture, Power, and Politics in Morocco (Harvard University Press, 1999). She has also contributed articles on Moroccan social and cultural history to the Journal of North African Studies, Muqarnas, City & Society, and the Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Civilization. One of her current projects is a study of the concept of cosmopolitanism and its role in shaping the modern history of Tangier.
Email: sgmiller@fas.harvard.edu

Madiha Murshed is Co-Founder & Executive Director of Project Spera. Madiha graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in May 2002 with a Master in International Affairs, and a concentration in Economic and Political Development. She received a Bachelor‘s Degree in Development Economics from Harvard College in June 1999. She lived in Bangladesh, Bahrain and Singapore before coming to the U.S. to attend College, and brings a rich perspective on international affairs to the organization. Madiha also founded a student group at Harvard called Bhumi, designed to raise awareness around development issues, which remains active under student leadership. Madiha has a special interest in efforts to combat child labor, as well as issues surrounding poverty, gender and human rights. 

G. Ugo Nwokeji is Assistant Professor in the department of African-American studies, U.C. Berkeley. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1999, and joined the Department in 2003 from the University of Connecticut, where he had taught for four years. A specialist in African and Atlantic history, his primary research focus is the slave trade from Africa, which he approaches from a perspective that speaks to culture formation in the Americas. With Professor David Eltis of Emory University, Professor Nwokeji is presently creating a database of ethnic background of 70,000 Africans who were rescued from slave ships by the British navy during the 19th century. He is currently completing a book manuscript dealing with the slave trade in the Bight of Biafra, as well as coediting a book, to be titled Religion, History and Politics in Nigeria. In the past few years, he has been Research Associate of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin, Germany. 
Email: ugo@berkeley.edu

Abhijeet Paul researches, teaches and publishes about modern South Asia (language, literature and culture). He will teach courses in Bengali (language, culture) in the Department of South and Southeast Asia, UC Berkeley, beginning this Fall. He previously taught courses on South Asia in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mr. Abhijeet is presently submitting his dissertation on modern Bengali literature in the Department of Literature, The Open University, UK. In 2003 he completed one Ph.D. in English (American Literature) from the University of Calcutta, India, and in 2000 was a Fulbright recipient. 
Email: paulsaab@gmail.com

Lyn Reese has a B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College and a masters in history from Stanford University. At UC Berkeley she completed a year of course work in social studies methodology. Lyn has given women's history, geography and literature workshops for teachers throughout the US and in China and Africa. She continues this work as well as serving as consultant for textbook publishers, as contributor for various womens' experiences projects, and consulting for the International Women's Museum (to be opened on the San Francisco waterfront in March, 2008).
Email: aboutwiwhc@womeninworldhistory.com

Alex Saragoza is Doctor of Latin American History and Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He has published widely on Mexican economic and social history and is currently at work on a book on the history of tourism in Mexico from the 1930s to 1970s, including the uses of the uses of Mexico's past and heritage cultural as a source of the Mexican imaginary.
Email: alexsara@berkeley.edu

Nicol U is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research interests are in Cambodian Diaspora and cultural studies. She did her undergraduate work at Yale University, majoring in History.
Email: nicolu@berkeley.edu

Richard Candida Smith is professor of history at UC Berkeley, where he is also director of the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO). He is the author of Utopia and Dissent: Art, Poetry, and Politics In California (UC Press, 1995) and Mallarme's Children: Symbolism and the Renewal of Experience (UC Press, 1999). He is currently writing a book on U.S.-Latin American cultural and intellectual interaction from 1898 to the present.
Email: candidas@ berkeley.edu