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Board of Directors

Yumi Moon

A graduate of Seoul National University, Yumi Moon received her PhD from Harvard University. Dr. Moon has taught at Stanford since 2006. Her research has been supported by the Hoover Institute and Academy of Korean Studies. She is an expert on East Asian politics and history and author of the book “Populist Collaborators The Ilchinhoe and the Japanese Colonization of Korea, 1896-1910.”.

Nana Osei-Opare

A graduate of Stanford University, Nana Osei-Opare received his Ph.D. from UCLA. An Assistant Professor of History and affiliate of the Center for African and African American Studies at Rice University, he specializes in Africa-Soviet relations, global socialist thought, race, and Black internationalism. His essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Journal of African, and the Journal of West African History.

Robert D. Crews

Robert D. Crews writes and teaches about global history and politics, focusing on Afghanistan, Russia, Central Asia, South Asia, and Islam. A Princeton PhD, he is professor of history at Stanford. His books include “For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia” and “Afghan Modern: The History of a Global Nation.” His essays have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post.

Executive Board

Aishwary Kumar

Aishwary Kumar is a political theorist and historian of global ideas focusing on South Asian, European, and American political thought. He is the author of “Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy.” Dr. Kumar is associate professor of history and director of the Ahimsa Center at Cal Poly Pomona, where he also holds the Shri Shantinath Chair for the study of political nonviolence. He earned his doctorate in History at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. His forthcoming books include “The Gravity of Truth: Disenchantment, Disappointment, Democracy” and “Neodemocracy: Freedom and Violence in the Battle for an Idea.”

JP Daughton

J.P. Daughton writes and teaches about European, imperial, and global politics and culture. His work focuses on the history of colonialism, global religion, humanitarianism and human rights, and environmental issues. Dr. Daughton earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches modern history at Stanford University. His books include “In the Forest of No Joy: The Congo-Océan Railroad and the Tragedy of French Colonialism.” He has provided media commentary for the Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, and CNN.

Sherice Nelson

Sherice Janaye Nelson is an African Diaspora scholar who focuses on the political, social, and economic effects of chattel slavery on democracies. She is the originator of the term “Insulated Blackness,” which speaks to African Americans’ separation from Black political identity. Dr. Nelson has been educated at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and earned her PhD in Political Science at Howard University. Her most recent book is the Congressional Black Caucus: Fifty Years of Fighting for Equality. She is a political analyst who provides commentary for the Harold Fisher Show on WHUR & Sirius XM.

Melinda Burrell

Melinda Burrell is a democracy and peacebuilding specialist who has spent 25 years living and working in conflict zones from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Lebanon. Her recent research explores how Americans experience talking across political divides. She now speaks and trains on the neuroscience of communication and conflict, and is a syndicated writer for PeaceVoice. Dr. Burrell is a graduate of Amherst College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Carmen Geha

Carmen Geha’s research examines the nexus between politics and public institutions with a focus on women’s inclusion, forced displacement, and oppression in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Geha is a senior researcher on migration and gender at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She is also founder and Managing Director of Soltara Consulting for social impact. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Brown University, and the Institute of Advanced Study.

Shahzad Bashir

Shahzad Bashir specializes in the intellectual and social history of Iran and Central and South Asia from the late medieval period to the present. His books include “The Market in Poetry in the Persian World” and “A New Vision for Islamic Pasts and Futures.” Dr. Bashir is a professor of history and religious studies at Brown University and received his PhD from Yale University.

Tesha Sengupta-Irving

Tesha Sengupta-Irving’s research explores the sociocultural, disciplinary, and political dimensions of children’s mathematics learning. Broadly, her work asks: What, in addition to mathematics, do children learn when they learn mathematics? Dr. Sengupta-Irving is an associate professor at University of California, Berkeley. She earned her PhD in Mathematics Curriculum & Teacher Education at Stanford University.

Our Donors

Dr. Cynthia Crews

Dr. and Mrs. H.D. and Kay Crews

JW Crews Jr. and Jeraldine Farr Crews

Robert Crews

Susan Crews

JP Daughton

Yumi Moon

Loretta Nido

Dr. Kathleen Williams

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