President Frederic Will, BA, Ph.D.
Vice President Susan Nash, BS, MA, Ph.D.
Secretary Turhan I. Baykan, MD, Ph.D.
Stuart Blackburn, Ph.D.
Stuart Blackburn did his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in South Asian Studies and Folklore. He taught for many years at SOAS in London and later held visiting professorships at Heidelberg, Berkeley and Berlin (Humboldt University). Since the 1970s, his fieldwork and publications have focused on oral traditions and culture in India. He is the author of seven monographs (including the prize-winning Inside the Drama House, California, 1996) and the editor or co-editor of eight other books. He is currently a research associate at SOAS and writes historical fiction.
Dietrich, Ayse, Ph.D.
.Dr. Ayse Dietrich is Professor Emeritus of Russian History, Literature, Language and Linguistics. She has a bachelor degree from Ankara University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Russian Language and Literature. She also has a master degree from the same University. She received a scholarship in 1987 to study in the United States, and received a master’s degree from New York University, Department of Russian Language and Literature and a third master’s degree and a doctorate from Cornell University, Slavic Department. She was the chair of the Department of Russian Language and Literature at Ankara University since 2008. She is currently working as a part-time instructor at Middle East Technical University, in the Department of History and the Eurasian Studies, teaching courses on Russian History, Soviet History, History of the Caucasus and Language Policies in Late Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia. She is the founder and editor of the International Journal of Russian Studies (IJORS), published in the U.S.A.
Georg Gugelberger, Ph.D.
Georg Gugelberger is professor emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside, and Director of the University of California's Education Abroad Program at U.N.A.M. in Mexico City.
David McPherson, Ph.D.
David McPherson is professor emeritus and former chair of the English Department at the University of New Mexico. His areas of expertise include the drama of Renaissance England and comparative literature.
Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D.
Susan Smith Nash has refined numerous literature courses in the humanities, including world literature, American literature, and film. She earned her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, where she currently teaches. Nash is widely published in the areas of literature, film criticism, e-learning, and the discourse of science. She has also served as editor for journals that focus on literature and literary criticism.
Frederic Will, Ph.D.
Frederic Will has taught widely both in the United States and abroad. He has taught French, German, and Classics at Dartmouth, Penn State, University of Texas, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts, and on Fulbright Grants at the Universities of Tuebingen, Tunis, Chad, and Cote d'Ivoire. He has taught in the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and co-directed the Translation Workshop at the University of Iowa. He has been a founding editor of Arion: A Journal of Classical Culture, and Micromegas: A Journal of Poetry in Translation. He has written 53 books in various genres: cultural criticism, poetry, technical philosophy, fiction, travel accounts, autobiography, and translation. He received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bollingen Foundation. His literary and editorial papers are in the archives of the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas.
Subject Matter Experts and Authors
Clark, Paul, Ph.D.
Paul H. Clark is an East Asia area specialist and Associate Professor of History at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Clark is the author of The Kokugo Revolution: Education, Identity and Language Policy in Imperial Japan (2009) and is the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. He is preparing the following Study Guide: Chinese History.
Wu Dingmin, Ph.D.
Professor Wu Dingman's area of expertise is Chinese culture, and he is the author of A Panoramic View of Chinese Culture (2010). He prepared the following Study Guide: Chinese Culture.
Clark, Paul, Ph.D.
Paul H. Clark is an East Asia area specialist and Associate Professor of History at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Clark is the author of The Kokugo Revolution: Education, Identity and Language Policy in Imperial Japan (2009) and is the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. He prepared the following Study Guide: Japanese History.
Guvenc, Bozkurt, Ph.D.
Bozkurt Guvenc is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Arts and Sciences of Hacettepe University, and founder of the Population Studies Dozent of Hacettepe University. Dr. Guvenc is author of 24 books in Turkish, 4 books in English, and more than 250 scholarly articles and papers. He prepared the following Study Guide: Japanese Culture.
Marcus, Marvin, Ph.D.
Marvin Marcus is a professor in East Asian Studies at Washington University specializing in Japanese literature. Marcus’s area of specialization is modern Japanese literature of the prewar (so-called kindai) period, and his research has focused on personal narrative and ‘life writing’—memoir, reminiscence, essay, diary, and autobiography. He also researches aspects of the Tokyo literary community—the bundan—and the literary journalism that was its lifeblood. Marcus has extensively researched and written on authors such as Mori Ōgai, Natsume Sōseki, Shimazaki Tōson, Futabatei Shimei, and Uchida Roan. Literary translation has been an essential component of this work over the years. Paragons of the Ordinary (Hawaii, 1993) concerns Ōgai’s biographical writings. Reflections in a Glass Door (Hawaii, 2009) centers on Sōseki’s wide-ranging personal writings. Marcus’s current book project, entitled Writing in the Margins, brings together a number of interrelated perspectives on kindai literature through the ‘marginal’ endeavors of major writers. He prepared the following Study Guides: Japanese Autobiography, Japanese literature.
Blackburn, Stuart, Ph.D.
Stuart Blackburn is a research associate / research fellow, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Department of Languages and Cultures of South Asia. He prepared the following Study Guide: Indian Autobiography, Indian History, Indian Culture, and Indian Literature.
Stewart, Devin, Ph.D.
Devin J. Stewart is associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at Emory University. His specialties include Islamic law and legal theory, Shi'ite Islam, the Qur'an, and Arabic dialects. His written works include numerous articles and reviews. Stewart has also published three books: Islamic Legal Orthodoxy: Twelve Shiite Responses to the Sunni Legal System; Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition; and Law and Education in Islam. He prepared the following Study Guides: Arabic Autobiography, Arabic literature, Arabic Culture, Arabic History.
Dietrich, Richard, Ph.D.
Richard Dietrich is a Lecturer in History, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He prepared the following Study Guide: Persian History.
Gould, Rebecca, Ph.D.
Rebecca Gould, Assistant Professor, Yale and Singapore National University. She prepared the following Study Guide: Persian Autobiography.
Clark, Elizabeth, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Morrow Clark is an associate professor of history at West Texas A&M University. She holds her doctorate in Russian and East Central European History from the University of Kansas. Dr. Clark is a two-time Fulbright Scholar to Poland. She serves on the Editorial Board of Humanities-Net’s H-Russia. She prepared the following Study Guide: Slavic History.
Dietrich, Ayse, Ph.D.
Dr. Ayse Dietrich is Professor Emeritus of Russian History, Literature, Language and Linguistics. She has a bachelor degree from Ankara University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Russian Language and Literature. She also has a master degree from the same University. She received a scholarship in 1987 to study in the United States, and received a master’s degree from New York University, Department of Russian Language and Literature and a third master’s degree and a doctorate from Cornell University, Slavic Department. She was the chair of the Department of Russian Language and Literature at Ankara University since 2008. She is currently working as a part-time instructor at Middle East Technical University, in the Department of History and the Eurasian Studies, teaching courses on Russian History, Soviet History, History of the Caucasus and Language Policies in Late Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia. She is the founder and editor of the International Journal of Russian Studies (IJORS), published in the U.S.A.
McSweeney, Terence, Ph.D.
Terence McSweeney is currently a Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Southampton Solent University. His publications include 9/11 Frames per Second: The “War on Terror” and American Cinema, and numerous book chapters and articles. He serves on the Advisory Board for the International Journal of Russian Studies. His research interests include Russian, South Korean, and American cinema, as well as film theory.
Akgun, Secil Karal, Ph.D.
Professor Seçil Karal Akgün chaired the History Department of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and teaches modern Ottoman and contemporary Turkish history. She is the author of multiple books and articles published in Turkey and abroad. He prepared the following Study Guide: Turkish History.
Bayram, Nazli, Ph.D.
Nazli Bayram is a member of the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Cinema and Television Department, Anatolia University, Eskisehir, Turkey. She prepared the study Guide on Turkish Cinema.
Çulha, Tülay, Ph.D.
Tülay Çulha is an associate professor in the Department of Turkish Language and Literature of Kocaeli University, Turkey. Dr. Çulha's area of expertise includes the Turkish World North-West (Kypchak) Turkish language and literature, especially Karaim Turkish and Literature. She currently conducts academic research in this field. She prepared the following study guide: Turkic Literature.
Demirci, Sevtap, Ph.D.
Sevtap Demirci is professor at Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her doctorate is from the University of London. She is the author of numerous books and publications on international and Turkish history. She authored the following Study Guide: Turkish History.
Golden, Peter B., Ph.D.
Dr. Peter B. Golden, Professor Emeritus of History, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies, Rutgers University, is the author of numerous publications on Central Asia and world history and is one of the most renowned Turkish and Central Asia scholars in the world. His An Introduction to the History of Turkic Peoples is widely respected. He prepared the following Study Guide: Turkic History.
Silay, Kemal, Ph.D.
Kemal Silay is Chair of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Department, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University. He is the author of numerous works on Turkish politics, history, and culture. He prepared the following Study Guides: Turkic Languages, Ottoman History, Ottoman Literature, Turkish Literature I & II, Turkish Culture, Turkish Folklore.
Tülüveli, Güçlü, Ph.D.
Güçlü Tülüveli, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Ottoman history currently working in the Department of History, Middle East Technical University. He had received his B.A from METU, M.A from Bosphorus University and his Ph.D. from the Center for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, England. His area of expertise is Ottoman socio-economic and urban history in the early modern era. He prepared the following Study Guide: Ottoman History.
Yesilada, Birol, Ph.D.
Birol Yesilada is Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Contemporary Turkish Studies Endowed Chair, Portland State University. He prepared the following Study Guide: Turkish Politics.
Latin American Studies
Hunter, Priscilla, Ph.D.
Priscilla Hunter is Professor at Oregon State University specializing in Spanish language literature. She is the author of numerous books and publications on South American literature.
Diala, Isidore, Ph.D.
Isidore Diala is a professor at Imo State University, Nigeria. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ibadan. A widely published author, Dr. Diala has been awarded fellowships in both Germany and the U.K. His recent articles are on Nigerian and post-colonial literatures. He prepared the following Study Guide: African Autobiography.
Ojaide, Tanure, Ph.D.
This course was developed by Tanure Ojaide, Ph.D., Professor of Africana Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He prepared the study guides on African Literature and Culture.
Davis, Robert Murray, Ph.D.
Robert Murray Davis is Professor Emeritus from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in British, Western American, and Central European literature. He is the author of numerous books and publications on literature, and has authored several award-winning memoirs. He prepared the following Study Guide: British Culture.
Fox, Valerie, Ph.D.
Valerie Fox earned her doctorate from the State University of New York - Binghamton. She teaches English at Drexel University. Her areas of expertise include autobiography, Japanese literature, and American literature.
McGinnis, Susan H., Ph.D.
Susan McGinnis earned her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. Her areas of expertise include drama and medieval literature.
McPherson, David C., Ph.D.
David McPherson professor emeritus and former chair of the English Department, University of New Mexico. His areas of expertise include the drama of Renaissance England and comparative literature. He prepared the following Study Guides: Drama, Renaissance Literature, Renaissance Culture.
Nash, Susan Smith, Ph.D.
Susan Smith Nash has developed numerous literature courses in the humanities, including world literature, American literature, and film. She earned her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, where she currently teaches. Nash is widely published in the areas of literature, film criticism, e-learning, and discourse of science. In addition, she has served as editor for journals focusing on literature and literary criticism. She prepared the following Study Guides: American Cinema, Poetry, Fiction, Ancient Literature, Medieval Literature, Enlightenment Literature, 19th Century Literature, and 20th Century Literature.
Sayre, Robert F., Ph.D.
Robert F. Sayre is a professor emeritus of University of Iowa. An acknowledged and
distinguished scholar, Dr. Sayre is widely published in the field of autobiography and memoirs, and his essays, articles, and anthologies have received positive reviews. He prepared the following Study Guides: American Literature, Autobiography, Non-Western Autobiography, British Autobiography, and American Autobiography.
Gugelberger, Georg, Ph.D.
Georg M. Gugelberger is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside and Director of the University of California’s Education Abroad Program at U.N.A.M. in Mexico City. He prepared the following Study Guide: Latin American Autobiography.
Will, Frederic, Ph.D.
Frederic Will is a widely published professor of comparative literature who has been a Fulbright Scholar in Greece, Tunisia, and Ivory Coast. He is the founding editor of Micromegas, a journal of poetry in translation, and served as administrator and faculty member of Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts, and University of Iowa. He prepared the following Study Guides: British Literature, French Literature, German Literature, Ancient Autobiography, Non-Western Autobiography, and German Autobiography.
Speelman, Raniero M., Ph.D.
Dr. Raniero M. Speelman studied Italian, Humanistic Latin and History of Art at Leyden University and has been working since 1987 at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, as Assistant Professor. He is a specialist on Renaissance culture as well as on travel literature and Italian literature. He published books, critical text editions and articles on Pietro Della Valle, Primo Levi and others. He was the first Erasmus guest lecturer at Hacettepe University’s Art History Department and is a frequent guest lecturer at Ankara University, Turkey. He is as well a lecturer at the EYE, the Netherlands Institute of Movie Education and at the HOVO (Higher Education for Elderly People) at Utrecht. He co-authored the following study guides: Renaissance History and Italian Cinema.
Ozkan, Nevin, Ph.D.
Dr. Nevin Özkan studied Italian language and literature at Ankara University and has been working there since 1982, ultimately as full professor and Head of the Italian Department. She is a specialist on travel literature and Italian literature. She translated works by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, Marco Lodoli, Edmondo de Amicis and other contemporary Italian authors and published books and articles on travel writing and on Turkish documents in the Modena archives. She co-authored the following study guides: Renaissance History and Italian Cinema.
Thompson, Paul, PhD
Paul Thompson is Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the University of Essex. He is Founder-Editor of Oral History and Founder of National Life Stories at the British Library. He is a pioneer of oral history in Europe and author of the international classic The Voice of the Past. His other books include The Edwardians and Living the Fishing. He is co-author of Pathways to Social Class and Growing Up in Stepfamilies, and most recently, Jamaican Hands Across the Atlantic.
Buztemur, Recep, Ph.D.
Recep Boztemur is Professor of World History in the Department of History, Middle East Technical University, with a BS from the Faculty of Political Sciences in the University of Ankara, MA from the Department of Political Sciences at METU and Ph.D. from the Middle East Center, University of Utah. Founder and Chair of Middle East Studies at METU, he taught as visiting professor in the University of Utah and Eurasian National University in Astana. Dr. Boztemur has a number of works on the Middle East, Balkan, Ottoman and World History. He prepared the following Study Guides: Turkic Culture, Turkic History.
Gursel, Bahar, Ph.D.
Bahar Gürsel currently gives lectures as an assistant professor at the Department of History of Middle East Technical University (M.E.T.U.). The areas of interest of Dr. Gürsel include US History, History of Modern Britain, Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Italian History, American Cultural and Diplomatic History, Immigration History, and History of Eastern and Western Civilizations. She prepared the following Study Guide: Modern History.
Soykut, Mustafa, Ph.D.
Mustafa Soykut is professor of early modern history at the Department of History of Middle East Technical University, Ankara. He has studied in Trieste and University of Bologna in Italy and received his PhD from Hamburg University in Germany. He received a number of scholarships in Italy and Germany and awards including the Distinguished Young Scholar Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences for his research on Italy and the Ottomans. Professor Soykut also lectures on the culture and history of religion of the Indian subcontinent. He prepared the following Study Guides: Medieval History and Early Modern History.
Stearns, Peter N., Ph.D.
A widely published author and researcher in world history, Dr. Peter N. Stearns is Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University. Stearns was Chair of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University and also served as the Dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he founded and edited the Journal of Social History. Dr. Stearns was educated at Harvard University. Professor Stearns's publications in world history include two popular textbooks and more than 100 works in world history and other topics. His books include The Industrial Revolution in World History, Gender in World History, Consumerism in World History, Western Civilization in World History, Childhood in World History, and Global Outrage: The Evolution and Impact of World Opinion. Textbooks include World Civilizations and World History in Brief. He edited the Encyclopedia of World History.
Davis, Paul, Ph.D.
Paul Davis, Emeritus Professor of English from the University of New Mexico, has developed and taught several courses in world literature, led a curriculum development project in world literature sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and edited several texts in world literature, including The Bedford Anthology of World Literature, the text for this course. A specialist in the literature of the nineteenth century with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, he has written many articles on Victorian literature and several books on the works of Charles Dickens.
Johnson, David, Ph.D.
David Johnson, Emeritus Professor of English from the University of New Mexico, developed and taught courses in creative writing, mythology, and world literature. In addition to publishing books of poetry and a book on writing poetry, he was a co-editor of Western Literature in a World Context and a co-editor of the six-volume Bedford Anthology of World Literature (2003), the text for this course. He has published articles on mythology, comparative religion, and travels in Mexico. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout New Mexico. His most recent book is Rebirth of Wonder: Poems of the Common Life (2007). He presently teaches short courses in autobiography and comparative religion in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico.