Center Staff

Director 

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.

Contact Dane Kennedy at dkennedy@historians.org.

Assistant Director

Jeffrey Drew Reger holds a PhD from Georgetown University in the history of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. He has previously taught at the Catholic University of America and Georgetown University. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “Planting Palestine: the political economy of olive culture in the 20th-century Galilee and West Bank.” His most recent publications include a translation from Arabic of an edited volume on Gender justice and the uprisings in the Arab world: Gendered citizenship, gender equality, and women’s mobilization in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Bahrain, and the Islamic State, published in Beirut in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (L’Orient des Livres, 2019). In addition to social history, gender history, and political economy, his research fields include the environmental history of the Mediterranean, as examined in a recent book chapter, “‘Lamps never before dim are being extinguished from lack of olive oil’: Deforestation and famine in Palestine at war and in peace under the late Ottoman and early British empires, 1910-1920” in Landscapes of the First World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Contact Jeffrey Reger at jreger@historians.org.

Program Assistant

Annabel LaBrecque is an undergraduate student studying history and political science at the George Washington University.  She has previously worked in the United States Senate, the Office of the Historian of the House of Representatives, and at the First Federal Congress Project.  She is currently conducting independent research on international trade at Bent’s Fort, Colorado and the impact of the fur trade on Cheyenne, Arapaho, and white communities on the western Great Plains during the 1830s and 40s.  After graduation, Annabel hopes to pursue a PhD in History.

Interns

Jennifer Croney is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism and history at American University. She is the graphic design editor for AU’s student-run newspaper, The Eagle, where she oversees the paper’s graphic designers. After graduating in May, she would like to work for a newspaper publication producing online video content that presents current events in the context of our nation’s history.


Staff Accountant                                                                                    

Amin Shaheen handles the Center’s accounting.  He has over 20 years of experience as an accountant.  He started his career with Price Waterhouse, then joined two nonprofits, Population Action International and Children’s National Medical Center and worked his way up to Director of Accounting and Administration for law firm Institute for Justice. This journey gave Amin the knowledge and hands-on management skills needed to start Accounting On Demand in 2002.

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