Instructors

Neil Safier

He, Him, His | Please call me Professor Safier
E-mail: neil_safier@brown.edu
Office: JCB First Floor
Office Hours: Email rebecca_laferriere@brown.edu to make an appointment.

Neil Safier is the Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library and Associate Professor in the Department of History at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is the author of Measuring the New World: Enlightenment Science and South America (Chicago, 2008; paperback edition, 2012). His current research relates to the environmental and ethnographic history of the Amazon River basin and the Atlantic world during the age of revolutions.

Hannah Alpert-Abrams

she, her, hers | please call me Hannah
E-mail: halperta@brown.edu
Office: Parker Room, JCB Library
Office Hours: Tues 1-3 and Weds 11-12, by appointment only: https://halperta.youcanbook.me

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of the Book in the Americas at the John Carter Brown Library. I am interested in libraries, book history, and digital humanities. I study the circulation of colonial texts and vulnerable archives in the U.S. and Latin America. From 2015-2017, I managed the Reading the First Books project at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, UT Austin, and from 2017-2018 I managed the digital portal to the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala. I earned my PhD in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.

Stijn van Rossem

He, Him, His | please call me Stijn
E-mail: stijn_vanrossem@brown.edu Office: JCB
Office Hours: Email to make an appointment.

My primary areas of expertise are book history, graphic design, and curatorship. I graduated from KU Leuven with Masters degrees in History and Education, and in 2014, I completed my PhD in History at the University of Antwerp with a dissertation on the publishing strategies of the Verdussen family, printers in Antwerp from 1589 to 1689, for which I received the Menno Hertzberger Encouragement Award in 2015. In 2014, I had the honor to chair the international conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing held in Antwerp.