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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Associate 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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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.


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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