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

Rachel Wheatley is a Master’s student at Georgetown University in the Global, International, and Comparative History Program. She specifically studies American Political History during the Civil War. She holds a BA from Brigham Young University in History with a minor in Business Management. She has worked for two years in grant administration positions where she managed grant applications and program budgets.

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Program Assistant

Matthew Barak is a senior at Georgetown University, majoring in government and minoring in history and sociology. He specializes in American politics, having previously worked as an intern in the House of Representatives and as a campaign field organizer in Wisconsin. As an undergraduate student, he has conducted research into Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He is currently researching African American communities surrounding Fort Reno in Washington, DC, between 1860 and 1880. After graduation in May, Matthew hopes to continue working at the intersection of politics and history.  


William Babka is an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan for a major in political science and minor in history. Currently participating in the Michigan in Washington Program, William is doing research for Political Violence Lab and the National Holocaust Museum alongside the National History Center. After his graduation in December, he would like to go to grad school back at Michigan.

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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