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, The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism is under contract with Oxford University Press. She has taught at Yale, the Catholic University of America, and American University.

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Program Assistant

Frankee Lyons received her B.A. in history from the George Washington University. She is originally from Frederick, Maryland. Frankee is the program assistant for the Center’s International Seminar on Decolonization and Congressional Briefings program.

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Staff Accountant                                                                                    

Phu Pham received his BS in Accounting from Lehman College.  He came to the Center from New York where he worked at AFS Intercultural Programs.  Phu handles the day-to-day financial operations of the Center as well as of the American Historical Association.


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.

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