Category Archives: The MacMillan Report

Cécile Fromont talks about the circulation of African visual, material, and religious culture in the context of the Slave Trade within the early modern Atlantic world.



Professor Fromont’s writing and teaching focus on the visual, material, and religious culture of Africa and Latin America with a special emphasis on the early modern period and on the Portuguese-speaking Atlantic World. Her first book, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo won a number of awards. Her essays on African and Latin American art have appeared in Colonial Latin American Review, African Arts, RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, as well as various edited volumes and exhibition catalogues.


Odd Arne Westad talks about Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations.



Professor Westad is a scholar of modern international and global history, with a specialization in the history of eastern Asia since the 18th century. He has published sixteen books, most of which deal with twentieth century Asian and global history.


Emma Zang, assistant professor of sociology, talks about the impact of Chinese divorce reform.



Professor Zang’s research interests lie at the intersection of health and aging, marriage and family, and inequality. She is particularly interested in developing and evaluating methods to model trajectories and life transitions in order to better understand how demographic and socioeconomic inequalities shape the health and well-being of individuals from life course perspectives. Her work has appeared a number of scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, and the International Journal of Epidemiology.


Adeem Suhail talks about gang violence in Pakistan



Adeem Suhail is at Yale as the Singh Postdoctoral Associate at the South Asian Studies Council. He is trained as a social anthropologist and his work broadly pertains to issues in the anthropology of politics and the politics of knowledge production. Professor Suhail’s research interests are situated at the intersection of the anthropology of violence, state theory, and urban anthropology and his work has been published in a number of publications.

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Carolyn J. Dean talks about The Moral Witness: Trials and Testimony after Genocide.



Professor Dean is a historian of modern Europe with a focus on the twentieth century whose work explores the intersection of ideas and culture, most recently in the context of genocide. She is the author of several books that focus on the historical and cultural representation of victims, including Aversion and Erasure: The Fate of the Victim after the Holocaust and The Fragility of Empathy after the Holocaust. She has also written extensively about gender and sexuality in France and on the intellectual history of French theory.

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The Moral Witness: Trials and Testimony after Genocide.

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Pablo Vidal, Visiting Scholar, Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies



Pablo Vidal talks about the impact of mobile phones on nomadic herders in Morocco.

Professor Vidal is the Director of the Anthropology Research Institute at the Catholic University of Valencia in Spain. His research interests include the relationship between people and nature, nomadic and transhumance people, and immaterial cultural heritage.

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Sushant Singh



Sushant Singh is a visiting scholar in the Council on South Asian Studies and the Department of Political Science. Mr. Singh is the Deputy Editor of The Indian Express newspaper in Delhi, India, where he writes about national security, international relations, higher judiciary, and investigative agencies. Among other places, he has reported about conflict from North Waziristan in Pakistan and from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Before turning to journalism, he served in the Indian Army for 20 years, including multiple stints in Jammu and Kashmir. He also served as a United Nations Military Observer in Cote D’Ivoire, where he was awarded the UN Secretary General’s medal. He is the author of Mission Overseas: Daring Operations by the Indian Military and the co-author of Note by Note: The India Story 1947-2017.


Edward Rugemer



Edward Rugemer is an Associate Professor of African American Studies & History at Yale who studies comparative slavery and abolition and antebellum U.S. history. We talk with Professor Rugemer about his new book, Slave Law and the Politics of Resistance in the Early Atlantic World, for which he was recently awarded the MacMillan Center’s Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for Best Book.


Robyn Creswell



Robyn Creswell, an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale and a former poetry editor at the Paris Review, studies modern Arabic literature, the practice of literary translation, art and revolution, and modernist poetry in French, English, Spanish, and Arabic. His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and Harper’s Magazine, among many other publications. We talk with Professor Creswell about his new book, City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut, for which he was recently awarded the MacMillan Center’s Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for Best First Book.