Current Contributors

Katie Smyser

Katie is a PhD student at the University at Buffalo. Her dissertation considers the role of British naturalists as agents of cultural exchange in Asia and Africa during the early twentieth century. She’s particularly interested in world history and the role of the environment as a historical force. She holds a BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in History from Ohio University. The only thing Katie loves more than a good podcast is listening to radio broadcasts of baseball games with her husband and two children.

Dan Wallace

Dan is a PhD student at the University of Southern California. His MA thesis examined the fantasy of redemption held by and about the “Galvanized Yankees,” Confederate soldiers who went west in service of the Union during and after the Civil War. Now he drifts by the world on California time, but he has also worked as an historical interpreter at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, and in another life toured with a rock and roll band.

Tommy Buttaccio 

Tommy has an MA and a BA in History, as well as an MS in Library and Information Sciences from the University at Buffalo. His research focuses on British Imperialism and food, particularly shifts in political and cultural ideologies of the British in India by looking at the plates of the colonial and the colonized. On the LIS side Tommy studies digitization of materials and digital curation. He enjoys cooking, playing music, and taking long walks on beaches.


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