Center Staff


Dane Kennedy is the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he has taught British, British imperial, and world history since 2000. Prior to that he was a member of the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The past president of the North American Conference of British Studies, he has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2003-4) and a National Humanities Center Fellowship (2010-11). He has written five books, most recently The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia (Harvard UP, 2013), and edited several others, including Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World (Oxford UP, 2013) for the National History Center’s Reinterpreting History series. He has also been one of the faculty members for the Center-sponsored International Decolonization Seminar since its founding in 2006.

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Assistant Director

Amanda Moniz received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2008 and held a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University from 2008 to 2010. A scholar of transatlantic humanitarianism in the American Revolutionary era, Dr. Moniz has received numerous grants and fellowships including from the Social Science Research Council and the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program on the Early American Economy and Society. Her book, From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She has taught at Yale, the Catholic University of America, and American University.

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Program Assistant

Amanda Perry is a PhD candidate at the Catholic University of America.  Her dissertation examines the social world of British diplomacy in the Middle East following the First World War.  She assists with the Center’s International Seminar on Decolonization and Congressional Briefings program.  Amanda is the co-founder of DC History Grad, a group aimed at fostering connections between graduate students of history at the local DC universities.

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Staff Accountant                                                                                    

Betsy Orgodol handles the Center’s bookkeeping.  She also serves as staff account for the American Historical Association. She received her BS in international economics from Institute of International Economics and her MS in public administration from Strayer University in Washington, DC.


Zack Toland is interning as Editor of Web and Social Media for the 2015-16 year. Zack also interned for the Center for the 2014-15 year. He is a junior at George Washington University and is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is currently majoring in history.

Rachel Van Bokkem is the History and Policy Intern for the summer of 2016 and is assisting with the Congressional Briefings Program. In 2015, she graduated from Indiana University with Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Geography. Rachel is currently a History MA student at American University, where she is researching the Holocaust.

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