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Sukhee Lee
Associate Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., Harvard University
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2009
Specialty: Middle Period Imperial China: Social and Intellectual History
Office: 213A Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8516


I am an historian of middle period China. I define myself as a social historian, but I am very much interested in intellectual history as well. In fact, I find it most exciting when these two fields illuminate each other. I did my undergraduate (BA) and graduate studies (MA) at Yonsei University, Korea, the oldest modern university in the country founded by an American missionary, before obtaining a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 2009.

On a very general level, I am interested in two aspects of Chinese history: First, tensions between state power and social elites, focusing on how those tensions are expressed and resolved; Second, the localization of national policies or nationwide scholarly movements, asking how local actors appropriate those outside changes to serve their interests, whether material or cultural.

My dissertation, “Negotiated Power: The State and Elites in 12th-14th Century China,” which I am currently revising for a book manuscript, explores state-society relations in 12th-14th century China at the local level. Focusing on Mingzhou prefecture, located south of modern day Shanghai, it shows that the presence of the state in local society, not its absence, and the connectedness of local elites to the state, not their separation from it, were crucial to the rise and development of local elite society in this period.


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Melissa Feinberg
Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., University of Chicago
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2008
Specialty: Modern Eastern Europe: Czechoslovakia; Women's and Gender History
Office: 108 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8557
Research Interests: I am a modern European historian, with particular interests in gender history, Eastern Europe, the history of human rights, political culture, emotions in politics, and the history of feminism. In my 2017 book, Curtain of Lies: The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe, I examine how truth became a political weapon during the first years of the Cold War, concentrating on the activities of East European émigrés and exiles and their role in constructing Western knowledge about the Soviet bloc. I am currently working on a history of Eastern Europe from 1945 to 2007.



  • 510:327 20th Century Europe
  • 510:383 Communism and Post-Communism
  • 510:391 Human Rights
  • 506:402 History Seminar: The Cold War
  • 506:215/988:260 The Modern Girl


  • 510:549/550 Seminar in Women's and Gender History
  • 510:560 PDR in Women's and Gender History
  • 510:599 PDR in Modern Europe
  • 510:601 Colloquium: History of Human Rights
  • 510:601 Colloquium: Eastern Europe



Recent Articles and Essays

  • “The Source: Radio Free Europe Information Item #687/54 (29 January 1954)—The Decline of Family Life,” (translation from the Czech with critical introduction) Aspasia 10 (2016): 89–101.
  • “Democracy at Home: Debating Family and Marriage Law in the First Czechoslovak Republic,” in Sara Kimble and Marion Vera Rowekamp, eds., New Perspectives in European Women’s Legal History (New York: Routledge: 2016): 76–96.
  • “Soporific Bombs and American Flying Discs: War Fantasies in East-Central Europe, 1948–1956,” Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 62, no. 3 (2013): 450–471.
  • “Fantastic Truths, Compelling Lies: Radio Free Europe and the Response to the Slánský Trial in Czechoslovakia,” Contemporary European History 22, no. 1 (2013): 107–125.
  • “Battling for Peace: The Transformation of the Women’s Movement in Cold War Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe,” in Joanna Regulska and Bonnie Smith, eds., Women and Gender in Postwar Europe (London: Routledge, 2012): 16–33.
  • “The Survey Project: Researching the Everyday Experiences of Rural Czech Women and Imagining Modernity at the End of the Second World War,” Journal of Women’s History 23, no. 4 (2011): 82–107.
  • “Die Durchsetzung einer neuen Welt. Politische Prozesse in Osteuropa, 1948–1954,” in Bernd Greiner, Christian Th. Müller and Dierk Walter, eds. Angst im Kalten Krieg (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2009): 190–219.


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James Delbourgo
Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., Columbia, 2003
Additional Degree(s): M.Phil., Cambridge, 1997 B.A., University of East Anglia, 1996
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2008
Specialty: Early Modern Atlantic World: History of Science
Office: 104 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8548


James Delbourgo was born in Great Britain and educated at the University of East Anglia, Cambridge (Christ's College) and Columbia. He previously taught at McGill in Montreal, where he directed the program in History and Philosophy of Science; was Visiting Professor of History of Science at Harvard in 2016; and is an associate of that department. His research combines the history of science with imperial and global history and the history of collecting and museum studies.

His first book explored the practice of bodily electrical experimentation in colonial British America and the early United States, including but moving beyond the figure of Benjamin Franklin, and assessing the larger meaning of the American Enlightenment through transatlantic and Creole scientific culture. Since then, he has co-edited two collections of essays: one on Iberian, French and British perspectives on science and empire in the early modern Atlantic world; and the other on the role of go-betweens in making scientific knowledge across the globe during the decades around the turn of the nineteenth century. He has also published essays on underwater collecting and Caribbean salvage diving in the seventeenth century; on Jamaican natural history, cacao and the invention of milk chocolate; on the use of Newtonian optical theory and anatomical dissection to theorize African skin color in 1740s Virginia; on the dyeing, novelistic and chemical projects of the loyalist spy Edward Bancroft in Dutch Guiana during the era of the American Revolution; a co-edited focus section in the journal Isis on the scientific use of lists in the early modern era; and a co-edited special issue of Annals of Science on the history and philosophy of species in early modern science.

Delbourgo has published magazine essays in English, French and German, including articles on contemporary art collecting and hoarding in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Chronicle of Higher Education Review; and on Benjamin Franklin and the Cold War origins of American science historiography in the Raritan Quarterly. An essay on the relationship between curiosity collecting, abolitionism and slavery appeared in the catalogue for a recent exhibition called "Assoziationsraum Wunderkammer" in Halle, Germany, featuring work by David Lynch, Lars von Trier and others. Delbourgo is a member of the editorial board of the journal History of Science.

His latest book, Collecting the World (2017), explores global natural history collecting and the career of Hans Sloane, which culminated in the foundation of the British Museum in 1753. The book examines Sloane's career from his background in Ulster and voyage to the slave society of Jamaica to his creation of a network of collectors who gathered curiosities throughout the world, making possible the establishment of the British Museum. Published by Penguin in the UK and Harvard in the US and Canada, Collecting the World was named Book of the Week in the Guardian, London Times, Daily Mail and The Week Magazine, and one of Apollo Magazine's Books of the Year; featured in BBC Radio’s Today Programme and NPR’s Leonard Lopate Show, the British Museum and BBC History Magazine podcasts and Smithsonian Magazine; and reviewed in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, New Republic, Financial Times, the Spectator, the Economist, the Lancet, Daily Telegraph, Irish Times, Nature Magazine and Art Quarterly. Delbourgo has lectured on Sloane & the British Museum in the UK, Germany, Italy, France and across the US.

Delbourgo's John Carter Brown Library exhibit on Sloane's Jamaica voyage, entitled "Voyage to the Islands," (2012) is viewable online.

His teaching includes history of science, Atlantic world history, collecting and museums, the Enlightenment, and global history. For a graduate syllabus on 'Collecting the World: Assembling Objects from Antiquity to the Present', see here.

He is currently working on a variety of projects including the globalization of the early modern science narrative, entitled The Knowing World; and on the figure of the collector in a range of fields and geographies throughout history, entitled Who is the Collector?



  • 506:251 Science and Society
  • 510:321 Age of Enlightenment
  • 510:340 British Atlantic World
  • 512:103 Development of US I



  • Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2019
  • Leo Gershoy Award, 17th-18th Century European History, American Historical Association, 2018
  • Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2018
  • Longman-History Today Shortlist, UK, 2018
  • Kenshur Prize, Indiana University, Shortlist, 2018
  • PROSE Awards, American Association of Publishers, Honorable Mention, 2018
  • Book of the Week in the Guardian, The Times (London), Daily Mail and The Week Magazine (UK)
  • An Apollo Magazine Book of the Year, 2017
  • Thomas J. Wilson Prize, Harvard University Press, for A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders, 2006.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant, “Beyond the New Atlantis,” 2005-2009.


  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Publication Grant, 2014.
  • American Philosophical Society/British Academy Fellowship, 2013.
  • Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Fall 2013.
  • Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fall 2011.
  • Rutgers University, Center for Cultural Analysis, 2009.
  • University of Cambridge: Visiting Fellow, CRASSH, Lent 2008.
  • University of Pennsylvania: Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Center, 2001-2002.
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“Enlisting People,” in “Listmania,” Isis forum, co-ed. Staffan Müller-Wille (Dec. 2012).

“Collecting Hans Sloane,” in From Books to Bezoars (London: British Library Books, 2012)
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Peter Silver
Associate Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., Yale, 2001
Additional Degree(s): M.A., Yale, 1995 A.B., Harvard, 1993
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2008
Specialty: Early America and the Atlantic World: Native American, Religious and Political History
Office: 223B Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8512


Peter Silver is an early American historian, with special interests in American Indian history, comparative colonial and imperial histories, and religious history. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and brought up mostly in Richmond, Indiana. He was educated at Harvard College, where he studied English and American history and literature, and at Yale University. He was an assistant professor at Princeton University, and since fall 2008 he has been an associate professor of history at Rutgers. He offers graduate and undergraduate courses in colonial and revolutionary North American history, Native history, and the history of the Atlantic world. His first book, Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2007) was awarded the Bancroft Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize for 2008.

Our Savage Neighbors examines the impact of Indian wars on the deeply divided European societies of the middle Atlantic region, before and during the American Revolution. As religious revivals, war scares, and unease over immigration unsettled the quarrelsome middle colonies--probably the most diverse societies that Europeans had ever known, with squatters and new arrivals from all nations and religions crowding chaotically into each other, and into the region's Native inhabitants--their divisions grew rapidly sharper. The book arges that the Seven Years' War remade the middle colonies, first sending thousands of country people fleeing in helpless fear from Indian attack and then supplying the matter for a new kind of politics. Activists carted scalped corpses into city squares and cried out for action. Writers, too, seized on the horror of Indian war, recycling its gruesome images to celebrate the commonplace rural people who were depicted as its victims, and to lay into a series of governments and public figures for being careless of those people, or even complicit in Indian warmaking. Although the country people could not often subdue their fears enough to put up much of a fight, in print their bravery, and supposed passion for killing Indians, became the stuff of legend. With the Revolution, a new sort of sovereignty rose to replace monarchy--the democratic sovereignty of these ordinary people, in a country always seen as suffering under attack--and Natives' fate grew steadily worse. By the Revolution's end, with most European Americans no longer distrusting each other very much, many believed they could see two all but unbridgeable white and Indian worlds.

The working title for Professor Silver's second project is A Rotten Colossus: Spanish and British America in the War of Jenkins's Ear. It seeks to provide a single integrated analysis of the remarkable flurry of events--from nearly uncontrolled immigration and real and fancied slave revolts, to invasion panics and widespread religious revival--that unfolded in and around North America during what might be called the era of the War of Jenkins's Ear, between 1735 and 1745.

This was a period that has not, so far, usually been imagined as a period. But many of the reasons for the eighteenth-century British empire's being conceived and run in the ways that it was, as well as the Spanish empire's unexpectedly outstripping it in durability, were laid bare during these years, as the British-American world traveled through a bumpy, frightening transition from a set of Atlantic settlements into an increasingly genuine empire. English-speakers found themselves humiliated by the war's events: starved of specie, and wrangling endlessly among themselves, they had been much worse prepared than their own sphere of printed publicity persuaded them they must be to revolutionize and topple the Spanish empire--it proved impossible, most notably, to find oppressed Indians, maroons, or creoles to 'liberate'--or even to pass intact through the empire's protective barriers of weather, disease, and distance. That practically no one, Spanish- or English-speaking, would have predicted this result suggests how imperfectly the hemispheric power system of the Americas (whose last geographic corner was only pinned down in 1741, by Vitus Bering) was still understood. Emphasizing areas where the two powers' settlements bordered one another--Georgia and Florida, Belize and New Spain, Jamaica and the south coast of Cuba--and drawing on source material in both languages, this project hopes to provide a better account of how the Americas really worked, and of what sorts of interactions between Africans, Europeans, and Natives made for the most sustainable empires.

Publications / Books

  • Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America (W. W. Norton & Co., 2007; paperback forthcoming 2008)


  • Bancroft Prize in American History, trustees of Columbia University, 2008
  • Mark Lynton History Prize, J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project of the Nieman Foundation, Harvard University, and Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, 2008
  • Richard Allen Lester University Preceptorship, Princeton University, 2004-2007
  • John Addison Porter Prize for best dissertation in the humanities and George Washington Egleston Historical Prize for best dissertation in American history, Yale University, 2001
  • Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities, 1998-1999
  • A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship in the Humanities, Yale University, 1994-1996
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Toby C. Jones
Associate Professor of History; and Director, Global and Comparative History Master's Degree Program
Degree: Ph.D., Stanford University, 2006
Additional Degree(s): M.A., Auburn University, 1998 B.A., Auburn University, 1994
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2007
Specialty: Modern Middle East: History of Environment and Technology
Office: 116 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8511


Toby C. Jones is associate professor of history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He teaches courses on global environmental history, energy, and the modern Middle East. During 2008-2009 he was a fellow at Princeton University's Oil, Energy, and the Middle East project. From 2004 to early 2006 Jones worked as the Persian Gulf political analyst for the International Crisis Group. His research interests focus on the environment, energy, and the history of science and technology. He is the author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (Harvard University Press, 2010), Running Dry: Essays on Energy, Water and Environmental Crisis (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and is currently working America's Oil Wars (under contract at Harvard University Press). He has written for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of American History, Middle East Report, Raritan Quarterly Review, The Nation, The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, and elsewhere. In 2015 Jones was recognized as a Rutgers Chancellor’s Scholar for distinguished scholarship.


  • 508:205 Modern Middle East
  • 508:300 Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • 508:392 Historical Studies: An Environmental History of the Middle East
  • 506:401 Seminar: Oil and Empire in the Middle East
  • 506:401 Seminar: Diplomacy and Politics in the Modern Middle East


  • Running Dry: Essays on Energy, Water, and Environmental Crisis (Rutgers University Press, 2015)
  • "America, Oil, and War in the Middle East," Journal of American History (2012) 99 (1): 208-218.
  • Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (Harvard University Press, 2010).
  • "Crude Ecology: Technology and the Politics of Dissent in Saudi Arabia," forthcoming in Gabrielle Hecht, ed., The Technopolitical Shape of Cold War Geographies, (MIT Press).
  • “Embattled in Arabia: Shi‘is and the Politics of Confrontation in Saudi Arabia,” Occasional Paper Series, Shi‘a Militancy Program, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, June 3, 2009.
  • “Saudi Arabia’s Silent Spring,” Foreign Policy online magazine, February 2009.
  • “Saudi Arabia’s Not so New Anti-Shi‘ism,” Middle East Report, 242, Spring 2007, pp 29-32.
  • “Rebellion on the Saudi Periphery: Modernity, Marginalization and the Shi’a Uprising of 1979,” International Journal of Middle East Studies. 38:2. May (2006), 213-233.
  • “Shifting Sands: The Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations,” Foreign Affairs, Volume 85, Number 2, March/April, 2006.
  • “The Iraq Effect in Saudi Arabia.” Middle East Report. 237. Winter 2005, pp 20-25.
  • “The Clerics, the Sahwa and the Saudi State.” Strategic Insights. Volume IV, Issue 3, March 2005.
  • “Violence and the Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia.” Middle East Report Online. November 13, 2003.
  • “Seeking a ‘Social Contract’ for Saudi Arabia.” Middle East Report, 228, Fall 2003, pp 42-48.
  • Bahrain’s Sectarian Challenge. International Crisis Group Middle East/North Africa Report N°40. May 6, 2005.
  • The Shiite Question in Saudi Arabia. International Crisis Group Middle East/North Africa Report N°45. September 19, 2005.


  • Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Swarthmore College
  • Fulbright-Hays to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, 2003-2003


  • American Historical Association
  • Society for History of Technology
  • Middle Eastern Studies Association
  • Gulf/2000 Project