Visiting Scholars and Honorary Professors
Professor Kevin Bales, Honorary Professor of Contemporary Slavery
Kevin Bales is Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, and holds an appointment as Honorary Professor in the department. He works closely with Professor Zoe Trodd on research into contemporary slavery and abolitionism. He is also Co-Founder of Free the Slaves (www.freetheslaves.net) in Washington DC, the US sister organization of Anti-Slavery International (the world’s oldest human rights group, founded in 1787). The world's leading expert on contemporary slavery, Bales' work on modern slavery was named one of "100 World-Changing Discoveries" of the past 50 years by the Association of British Universities in 2006.
His book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (1999) was nominated for a Pulitzer, and the film based on Disposable People, which he co-wrote, won a Peabody and two Emmy Awards. In 2007 he published the book Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves. In 2008, with Zoe Trodd, he published To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves, and with seven Magnum photographers, Documenting Disposable People: Contemporary Global Slavery. In 2009, with Zoe Trodd and Alex Kent Williamson he published Modern Slavery: The Secret World of 27 Million People. He is currently finishing a book about the relationship between slavery and environmental destruction; building a global slavery index with Monti Datta and, with Jody Sarich, writing a book exploring forced marriage worldwide. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Cocoa Initiative, has been a consultant to the United Nations Global Program on Trafficking of Human Beings, and has been invited to advise the US, British, Irish, Norwegian, and Nepali governments, as well as the governments of the Economic Community of West African States and the European Parliament, on the formulation of policy on slavery and human trafficking. He has edited an Anti-Human Trafficking Toolkit for the United Nations. He completed a two-year study of human trafficking into the US for the National Institute of Justice, and with the Human Rights Center at Berkeley, produced a report on forced labor in the USA. In 2008 he was invited to address the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Paris, and to join in the planning of the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative. His awards and honours include the Premio Viareggio, the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Promoting World Order, the Laura Smith Davenport Human Rights Award, the Judith Sargeant Murray Award for Human Rights, the Human Rights Award of the University of Alberta, a Prime Mover Fellowship by the Hunt Alternatives, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, by Loyola University Chicago, in 2010.
Professor Allison Graham, Honorary Professor of Film
Allison Graham was a Leverhulme Professor in the department during the academic year 2004-2005. She worked closely with Professors Sharon Monteith, Richard King and Peter Ling, whose work on the American South is a significant strength in the Department. She now holds an appointment as Honorary Professor in the department. Her research and teaching focus upon American culture, media, and politics (in particular, the evolving history and representation of the American South and the Civil Rights Movement). Her books include The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Media, co-edited with Professor Sharon Monteith (2011) and Framing the South: Hollywood, Television, and Race During the Civil Rights Struggle (2001). Professor Graham is also known for co-producing and co-directing the award-winning (and Emmy-nominated) documentary At The River I Stand (1993) which focuses on the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike in 1968 and the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. It won Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Research in 1994 and the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians, also in 1994. Hoxie: The First Stand (2003), another award-winning documentary directed by David Appleby which she produced, premiered on PBS and won the Peabody Award and the Columbia Dupont Award.
She has delivered film and lecture presentations in forums as diverse as the Barbican Centre in London; C-SPAN Network; and cinemas and universities throughout the U.S., England, Northern Ireland, Sweden, and South Africa. In addition to her research, she has developed civil rights tours of the Mississippi Delta for academic organizations and visiting scholars, has involved students in on-site research in post-Katrina New Orleans, and has organized annual study abroad tours for the University Honors Program (Ireland and Northern Ireland, Peru)
Howard Brick, until recently Professor in the History Department at Washington University (St. Louis, MO), takes up a chair in History at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, in January 2009. Brick is one of the leading intellectual historians of the American Left and the history of sociology and social thought in the 20th Century.
Having written one of the best studies so far of the 1960s, The Age of Contradictions (1998),and, previous to that, an analysis of the early career of sociologist Daniel Bell called Daniel Bell and the Decline of Intellectual Radicalism (1986), Brick's latest book is the very well received, Transcending Capitalism (2006).
Professor Logevall’s work on US diplomatic history and foreign policy with particular reference to the Vietnam War complements several research agendas being advanced by staff in the Department of American and Canadian Studies.Forthcoming:In 2007-8 the Visiting Leverhulme Professor will be Profesor Howard Brick who will be working predominantly with Dr. Daniel Geary, Prof. Richard King, Prof. Peter Ling and Prof. Sharon Monteith.
In 2006 Fredrik Logevall is Leverhulme Visiting Professor in the Department. He is working predominantly with Professor Matthew Jones and Dr. David Milne.
One of the leading American-based scholars of the US involvement in the Vietnam War, and of US diplomatic history in the Cold War. He is the author of the award-winning Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of the Vietnam War (1999), a book which helped to re-invigorate the debate over President Lyndon B. Johnson’s constraints, options and decisions in the crucial years of 1964-65.
Professor Angel Kwolek Folland was a Fulbright Visiting Professor in 2005, working with Professor Margaret Walsh. She is Associate Dean for Center, Institutes and International Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a professor of history and women's studies, at the University of Florida.
Her current research is on the international dimensions of contemporary gender rights categories, particularly sexual rights. Her first book, Engendering Business: Men and Women in the Corporate Office, 1870-1930, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994) won the Sierra Prize for best historical monograph from the Western Association of Women Historians. Her second book was Incorporating Women: A History of Women and Business in the United States (Twayne, 1998).