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 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 previously worked at the Center as a program assistant, before taking a new role as assistant director.  She received her BA from the University of Central Florida in art history, and has taught courses at The Catholic University of America and Northern Virginia Community College.  Amanda is also the co-founder of DC History Grad, a group aimed at fostering connections between graduate students of history at 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.

Interns and Volunteers

Katie Valliere Streit will receive her Ph.D. from the University of Houston in December 2016. She recently defended her dissertation, which examines the socioeconomic impacts of motorized road transportation in the borderland of southern Tanzania during the twentieth century. In addition to volunteering with the Center, Katie currently has an internship with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian, where she is researching the history of U.S. relations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Elizabeth Gonzalez is a graduate student at American University in the Public History MA Program. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in American History. She assists with the development of educational resources for the Center’s Mock Policy Briefing Program.


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