Jeremy Baskes earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1993 and is a specialist in the colonial economic history of Mexico and offers the department’s courses on the history of Latin America from ancient times to the present. He is author of the book Indians, Merchants and Markets: A Reinterpretation of the Repartimiento and Spanish Indian Economic Relations in Late Colonial Oaxaca, Mexico, 1750–1821 (Stanford University Press, 2000), which examines the economic and social relations of Spaniards and indigenous Mexicans in the late eighteenth century. Stanford University Press also published his second book, Staying Afloat: Trade and Uncertainty in Spanish Atlantic World Trade, 1760–1820. Released in summer 2013, this monograph is an examination of Spanish imperial trade and the ways in which merchants addressed endemic risk and uncertainty in transatlantic commerce.
Baskes’s articles have appeared in Journal of Latin American Studies, Journal of Economic History, and Colonial Latin American Review. Baskes has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships, including three Fulbright awards and a National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mary Anne Lewis Cusato earned her Ph.D. from the Yale University Department of French in 2013. She has been teaching French & Francophone Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University since. She teaches courses on French language and literature and film from the French-speaking world, specifically contemporary francophone North Africa. She has recently published articles in The Journal of North African Studies, Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: SITES, and The Chronicle of Higher Education: Vitae as well as a number of translations.
Forthcoming publications include an article on the Algerian activist and writer Mustapha Benfodil in Expressions maghrébines as well as a chapter on immigration and cosmopolitanism to appear in the book Cosmopolitanism, Ltd. Dr. Lewis Cusato's book project is entitled The Maghreb Goes Abroad, and it examines the ways in which some of the Maghreb's most well known contemporary literary and cultural works and figures have navigated a global market
Nathan Rowley earned his PhD from the Department of Geography at the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. He has been at the Department of Geology and Geography since his arrival at Ohio Wesleyan University in fall of 2014. His works focuses on the physical aspects of our planet with specific emphasis on using satellite imagery to understand interactions between ice sheets and the atmosphere. More broadly Dr. Rowley works on aspects related to global climate change and the anthropogenic processes that drive them, such as land use land cover change.
Through a travel learning course, he has taken students to Costa Rica to observe environmental changes and compare environmental response in the tropics to those responses in the mid-latitudes (Delaware, Ohio). His courses integrate the social and natural aspects of environmental change and he aims to motivate students to take a holistic approach when tackling issues of global environmental significance.