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Bright Professor & Chair of History
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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Bright Institute Faculty Expert
Professor of History and Director of American Studies at Carleton College
Serena Zabin's work focuses on the American colonies as a part of the eighteenth-century British Empire. Her first monograph, Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York (2009) uncovers the role that New Yorkers, including the enslaved, the poor, and women without legal standing, played in creating British capitalism around the Atlantic world. She is also the author of The New York Conspiracy Trials of 1741: Daniel Horsmanden's Journal of the Proceedings (2004), a volume intended for the undergraduate classroom. Her current research project, Occupying Boston: An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre is a cultural and social study of the occupation of Boston that led to the Boston Massacre in 1770. It is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Bright Institute Pedagogical Consultant
Director of the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence and Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities
After receiving his Ph.D. in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut in 2006, Josh moved to a position as assistant professor in the English department at Columbus State University in Georgia. Although he was approved for tenure at CSU, his love for teaching and his desire to work with instructors from many different disciplines led him to the field of faculty development and to George Mason University, where he served as an associate director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence from 2011-2013. In August of 2013, he moved to Rice to take the position of director of the CTE. He has published broadly on medieval literature, and his eclectic research interests include the biological basis of learning, Chaucer, and disability studies. His current projects include the book How Human Beings Learn: A New Paradigm for Teaching in Higher Education, which is under contract with West Virginia University Press.