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Sasha D. Pack, Associate Professor

Department of History, University at Buffalo


Sasha D. Pack specializes in the history of Spain and Portugal, the comparative history of modern authoritarian regimes, the history of travel and tourism, and the modern Mediterranean world. He is the author of Tourism and Dictatorship: Europe’s Peaceful Invasion of Franco’s Spain (New York, 2006), in addition to several articles and book chapters.  He is currently working on a book-length manuscript on the history of the Strait of Gibraltar and the Ibero-African borderlands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He serves on the Executive Council of the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies and participates in two research groups in the Kingdom of Spain.


Executive Board (2016-2017)

John Abromeit, Associate Professor

Department of History and Social Studies Education, SUNY Buffalo State

John Abromeit is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY, Buffalo State, where he teaches courses on German and French history, modern European intellectual history and historiography. His articles and reviews have appeared in Theory, Culture and Society; Constellations; Radical Philosophy; The Journal of Modern History; and the American Historical Review. He is the author of Max Horkheimer and the Foundations of the Frankfurt School (Cambridge UP, 2011) and the co-editor of Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader (Routledge, 2005) and Transformations of Populism in Europe and the Americas: History and Recent Tendencies (Bloomsbury, 2015).

David Fertig, Associate Professor

Department of Linguistics, University at Buffalo


David Fertig specializes in the history of the Germanic languages, particularly German, English and the older languages including Gothic. He is the author of Morphological Change Up Close: Two and a Half Centuries of Verbal Inflection in Nuremberg (Niemeyer, 2000) and Analogy and Morphological Change (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). He is currently collaborating with colleagues in Germany, Canada, and the U.S. on a volume of new translations of and essays on key chapters of Hermann Paul’s Prinzipien der Sprachgeschichte.

Vasiliki Neofotistos, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo


Vasiliki Neofotistos holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. She is the author of The Risk of War: Everyday Sociality in the Republic of Macedonia (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and numerous articles on ethnicity, nationalism, and multiculturalism in the Balkans. Her field research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, the American Philosophical Society as well as by grants from SUNY Buffalo. Her current research interests include the commemoration of armed conflict and the production of official history in Macedonia and also the development of social policy in post-conflict countries in the Balkans and elsewhere.

Deborah Reed-Danahay

Jean Monnet Chair in Cultural Anthropology
Professor of Anthropology, University at Buffalo

Deborah Reed-Danahay is Jean Monnet Chair in Cultural Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, where she has taught since 2008. She served as founding Director of the Center for European Studies (CEUS at UB) from 2010-2015. She is the author of Education and Identity in Rural France: The Politics of Schooling (Cambridge, 1996) and Locating Bourdieu (Indiana, 2005); and coauthor of Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Vietnamese and Indian Immigrants (w/Caroline B. Brettell, Stanford, 2012). She edited the collection Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social (Berg, 1997) and is co-editor of Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States (w/Caroline B. Brettell, Rutgers, 2008).

Dr. Reed-Danahay is a recent past president of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (2010-12) and a Fellow of Magdalene College (Cambridge, UK) since 2012.  She currently (2014-18) sits on the Executive Board of the Council for European Studies.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a member of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe.  She is also a member of the Alliance Française de Buffalo.

She was recently a Fellow in the Humanities Institute at the University at Buffalo (2013-4). She received an NEH Summer Stipend for work in summer 2014 on her book Bourdieu and Social Space.

Randy Schiff, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of English, University at Buffalo


Randy Schiff specializes in late-medieval British literature and culture, alliterative verse, literary history, nationalism, and ecocriticism. He is the author of Revivalist Fantasy: Alliterative Verse and Nationalist History (Ohio State University Press, 2011). He has published a number of essays, such as “Unstable Kinship: Trojanness, Treason, and Community in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (College Literature, 2013), “Cross-Channel Becomings-Animal: Primal Courtliness in Guillaume de Palerne and William of Palerne” (Exemplaria, 2009), and “The Loneness of the Stalker: Poaching and Subjectivity in The Parlement of the Thre Ages” (Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 2009). He is currently co-editing an essay collection, The Politics of Ecology: Life, Land, and Law in Medieval Britain, and is working on a book-length study of wildness and territoriality in Middle English romance.