Aileen Friesen is a historian of Russia, with research interests in the history of empire, religion, mobility, and culture. Her recent book manuscript examines how Russian Orthodoxy acted as a basic building block for constructing Russian settler communities in current-day southern Siberia and northern Kazakhstan. This project is based on research collected from archives and libraries in Omsk, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. As a Plett Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Winnipeg, Friesen has started a new project on mobility and colonization during the long nineteenth century, using the settlement of Mennonites into and throughout the Russian empire as her case study. She has publications in the Journal of Mennonite Studies and Canadian Slavonic Papers, as well as a contribution in the edited collection, Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Sourcebook on Lived Religion.
Ben Goossen is a scholar of global religious history at Harvard University. He is the author of Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era, forthcoming in 2017 from Princeton University Press. Goossen’s work explores new methods of narrating the processes of nationalization and global diaspora, engaging questions of warfare and pacifism, theology and political activism, gender, genocide, anti-Semitism, and national indifference. He has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and he is a Beinecke Scholar. Goossen attends the Mennonite Congregation of Boston and writes widely on Anabaptist faith, life, and history.
Felipe Hinojosa is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University where he is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies. He is the author of Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture published in 2014 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Hinojosa’s teaching and research interests include Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies, American Religion, Social Movements, Gender, and Comparative Race & Ethnicity. He has published articles on Latina/o Religion, the Chicano movement, and the War on Poverty in Texas in the Western Historical Quarterly, Mennonite Quarterly Review, and in two edited collections covering Chicana/o and Religious History.
Simone Horst is special collections librarian at Eastern Mennonite University. She grew up in Elkhart, IN and came to EMU as an undergraduate. She earned a B.A. in History and Social Sciences from EMU in 2012 then went on to earn her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2014. Her interest in EMU’s special collections began during her freshman year of college when she applied for a job as a work-study student in the EMU Archives. She worked as a student in both the EMU Archives and in Menno Simons Historical Library for six years prior to beginning her current role in July of 2014. Horst lives in Park View with her husband, Michael, and they attend Community Mennonite Church of Harrisonburg.
Jason Kauffman is a historian of Latin America with a research focus on frontiers and borderlands, economic development, and environmental history. A graduate of Goshen College, he holds an MA from the University of New Mexico and a PhD from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He currently serves as director of archives and records management for Mennonite Church USA where he is reviving a fascination with Mennonite history. Emerging research interests include Mennonite economic development efforts in Latin America and, more broadly, the many ways that Mennonites have reconciled business activity and the accumulation of wealth with their faith. His main goal as a historian is to make history relevant to a broad audience by actively working to bridge gaps that divide “academic history” and “public history.” When not doing history things he likes to sing and hang out with his awesome family.
Stephanie Krehbiel is a scholar, activist, and writer with expertise in social change movements, trauma, and institutional violence. She has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Kansas, with a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the Co-Director of Into Account, an support organization for survivors of sexual and spiritual abuse in Anabaptist and other Christian contexts. Stephanie also serves as the main researcher for the Mennonite Abuse Prevention List, a growing archive documenting Mennonite sexual abuse and housed on the website of SNAP (Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests).
Stephanie’s writing can be found on Religion Dispatches, Somatosphere, Our Stories Untold, and The Mennonite. Her book manuscript-in-progress, Pacifist Battlegrounds, examines the definition of violence and the gender politics of Christian pacifism against the backdrop of LGBTQ organizing in the Mennonite Church USA.
Javan U. Lapp is an independent scholar from Lancaster County, PA. His primary interests in Anabaptist history include spirituality, culture, tradition, and the history of Biblical interpretation. In addition to his research interests, Javan is involved in entrepreneurship, corporate strategic development, and organizational culture.
Devin Manzullo-Thomas is director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College, and a PhD student in American history at Temple University. His research falls into two categories. As a denominational historian of the Brethren in Christ Church, he applies his training in cultural and religious history to understand how this small religious community has changed over time. As a public historian of American religion, he studies the ways in which religious communities construct, commemorate, and contest the past in public through historical societies, heritage sites, museums, monuments, archives, and other institutions of public memory. His articles and reviews have appeared in Brethren in Christ History and Life, Mennonite Quarterly Review, The Conrad Grebel Review, Church History, and other publications. He, his wife Katie, and their son Lucas attend the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church.
Ted Maust is currently pursuing an M.A. in Public History at Temple University. He graduated from Goshen College (Ind.) with majors in History and English, writing his thesis on John F. Funk and the ‘Herald of Truth’. Ted’s academic interests include oral history, Anabaptist/Mennonite history, East African studies, cultural criticism, and thinking about ways for cultural institutions to share stories outside their walls and their “lifeblood” constituencies.
Christina Entz Moss
Christina Entz Moss is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, with previous degrees from the University of Waterloo and Saint Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Her research interests include the influence of apocalyptic and visionary/prophetic movements on religious communities and the intersection of gender, class, and religion in Reformation-era Europe. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘”Your sons and daughters shall prophesy:” Prophecy, Visions, Apocalypticism and Gender in Strasbourg, 1522-1539’
Ben Nobbs-Thiesen is currently a post-doctoral research associate in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. He received his PhD from Emory University in 2016. His research explores the role of migrants in the “March to the East” a large-scale settlement and rural development initiative undertaken by the Bolivian state after 1952. Over half a century hundreds of thousands of settlers arrived in the tropical Department of Santa Cruz in Bolivia’s Eastern Lowlands to begin new lives as frontier farmers. Among the migrants were indigenous Bolivians from the nation’s highlands, low-German speaking Mennonites from Canada, Paraguay and Mexico as well as groups of Japanese and Okinawan colonists that had been re-settled with support from the Japanese government and the U.S. military. Together these diverse streams made the March to the East a uniquely transnational affair and a compelling case study for understanding migration and mid-century rural modernization. In addition to the PhD he holds an MA and BA from the University of British Columbia. He has also written and published on the history of the Chaco War.
Joel Horst Nofziger
Joel Horst Nofziger is director of communications for the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, where he is also editor of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage. A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, his research interest lies in understanding how Mennonites in the United States have constructed and perpetuated their identity through the stories they tell themselves. He has a BA in History and Peacebuilding & Development from Eastern Mennonite University. He and his wife Eileen attend Pilgrims Mennonite Church in Akron, Pennsylvania, and Keystone Friends Monthly Meeting (Ohio Yearly Meeting Conservative).
Tobin Miller Shearer
Tobin Miller Shearer is an associate professor of history at the University of Montana where he also directs the African-American Studies Program. He is, with Regina Shands Stoltzfus, the co-founder of the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process. His forthcoming book Two Weeks Every Summer: Fresh Air Children and the Problem of Race in America is due out from Cornell University Press in the spring of 2017.
Anna Showalter lives in Durham, NC where she works as a musician, trains as a hospital chaplain and attends Durham Mennonite Church. Anna’s interests in music, theology and Mennonite history led her to earn a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of South Florida and a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University Divinity School. Also a graduate of the Goshen College history department, she has written on post-World War II Mennonite relief and reform movements as well as Mennonite hymnology.
Janneken Smucker, a 5th-generation Mennonite quiltmaker, is Assistant Professor of History at West Chester University where she specializes in digital and public history, and American material culture. The author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), she lectures and writes widely on the topic of quilts for both popular and academic audiences. As a digital history specialist, Janneken leads workshops on digital tools and strategies, consults on digital projects for non-profits and museums, and brings digital humanities into the undergraduate classroom, recently through the award winning oral history project, Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia. She is board president of the non-profit, Quilt Alliance, working closely with its oral history project, Q.S.O.S. — Quilters Save Our Stories.
Regina Shands Stoltzfus
Regina Shands Stoltzfus currently teaches at Goshen College in the Peace, Justice Conflict Studies (PJCS) and Bible, Religion and Philosophy (BRP) departments. Her
courses include Race, Class and Ethnic Relations, Personal Violence and Healing, Spiritual Path of the Peacemaker, and Transforming Conflict and Violence. Regina is co-founder of the Roots of Justice Anti-Oppression program (formerly Damascus Road) and continues as a core trainer with Roots of Justice. From 1993-1996, she served as Staff Associate for Urban Peacemaking with Mennonite Central
Committee. She has also served as an associate pastor at Lee Heights Community Church in Cleveland (1995-2002), and as a campus pastor at Goshen College (2002-2005). Regina is currently a doctoral candidate in the Theology, Ethics and Human Sciences program at Chicago Theological Seminary. Regina is the recipient of the state of Indiana’s 2016 Spirit of Justice Award, the highest award conferred by Indiana’s Civil Rights Commission.