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Editor: Marc Jason Gilbert


Marc Jason Gilbert is the NEH Endowed Chair in World History at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the incoming President (2012-2014) of the World History Association. He is co-author with Peter N. Stearns, Michael Adas and Stuart Schwartz, of World Civilizations: The Global Experience, now in its 6th edition. He writes widely on the place of Asia in World History. With Tom Mounkhall of the State University at New Paultz, he regularly conducts workshops for instructors in world history in the United States and also in Cambodia at the request of Teachers Across Borders. He is a long-serving Advanced Placement World History Reader. Contact him at

Senior Associate Editor: Tom Laichas


Tom Laichas teaches at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. He is the author, for the National Center for History in the Schools, of “Infinite Patience, Indomitable Will: Ralph Bunche and his Struggle for Peace and Justice” and writes regularly on world history education for World History Connected and other publications. Contact him at

Associate Editor:
Rick Warner


Rick Warner is a lifetime member of the World History Association. Rick is Associate Professor of Latin American and World History and Associate Dean of Students at Wabash College. Most recently Rick edited an edition of the World History Bulletin focused on Food in World History, and edited a review forum about Felipe Fernandez-Armesto’s The World a History for H-WORLD. At present he is involved in research about the pedagogy of World History in high schools and colleges. He can be contacted at

Associate Editor:
Jonathan T. Reynolds


Dr. Jonathan T. Reynolds is an Associate Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, where he received the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 2001. He teaches African, World, and Middle Eastern History, as well as courses on Historical Method. He also serves as advisor to the International Student Union and the Phi Alpha Theta History honor society. He and co-author Erik Gilbert recently published Africa in World History: From Prehistory to the Present (Prentice Hall, 2004). Reynolds has also authored The Time of Politics (Zamanin Siyasa): Islam and the Politics of Legitimacy in Northern Nigeria, 1950–1966 (UPA, 2001) and several articles on "Africa in World History" and Islam and Politics in West Africa.

Managing Editor: Heidi Roupp


Heidi Roupp is Managing Editor of World History Connected. Heidi taught world history in the Aspen Public Schools for 20 years. She has received Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson fellowships, and the first recipient of the American Historical Association's Beveridge Teaching Prize. During her tenure as president of the World History Association (1998-2000), she organized a nation-wide program of world history institutes for educators preparing to teach world history which was made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the College Board. She is author of Teaching World History (1997), and co-author of Barron's SAT II World History. She is currently executive director of World History Connected, Inc., the parent of this journal. She can be reached at

Book Review Editor:
Christine Skwiot


Christine Skwiot is Associate Professor of Humanities and History at Maine Maritime Academy. Christine can be reached at:

Christine Skwiot

Departmental Editors:


Craig Benjamin, editor for Big History, is an associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He is the author of numerous published papers, chapters, and books on ancient Central Asia, big history, and historiography. He is a member of the Executive Council of the World History Association, and a frequent presenter and lecturer at conferences worldwide. At Grand Valley State Craig teaches big history, ancient Eurasian history, and world history historiography to students ranging from freshmen to graduates.



Sharon Cohen, editor for scholarship on teaching and learning in world history, is an Advanced Placement P World History teacher at Springbrook High School in suburban Maryland. From 2002 – 2006, she was on the AP World History Test Development Committee. She has produced several publications for the College Board, including the Teacher’s Guide for AP World History (2007) and Special Focus on Teaching About Latin America and Africa in the Twentieth Century (2008). She contributed to the curriculum projects World History For Us All and Bridging World History. She also presents frequently about teaching and learning at conferences worldwide. As a College Board consultant, she has conducted AP World History workshops and summer institutes since 2001. She can be reached at



James Diskant, editor for Pioneering New Classroom Approaches, is James A. Diskant, Ph.D., teaches at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury (Boston), Massachusetts; and currently (spring 2008) also teaches graduate students at Boston College’s School of Education. He was also a Program Associate at the former World History Center at Northeastern University in Boston, from 1999 until it closed in 2003 and keeps the Center’s ideas alive through teaching, writing curricula, facilitating workshops, and participation in a Book Group. He can be reached at



Wendy Eagan, editor for Visual Literacy, teaches AP World History, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Comparative Religion at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. She has written features for World History Connected since November, 2003. She serves as a Table Leader at the AP World Reading and has conducted teacher institutes and seminars as a Faculty Consultant for the College Board. She is a member of the World History Association and has frequently presented sessions at the annual National Council for the Social Studies Conferences since 2002. She has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to the American University in Cairo, and a grant recipient from both the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and The Freedman Foundation. She works in the Washington, DC metropolitan area as an educational consultant for a variety of clients. Contact her at



John Maunu, editor for Internet Resources, is an AP/College Board World history consultant and veteranAP World Reader and Table Leader. John has taught high school history for 39 years in Wisconsin (3 years--Riverdale School District) and 36 years at Grosse Ile high school, Michigan. He is a former Christa McAuliffe National Fellow (1989 NFIE) and MEA-Michigan
Global and Diversity Educator of the Year (2003). John teaches AP World history College Board workshops nationally. He can be reached at*



Saundra Schwartz, editor for pre-modern history, is Assistant Professor of History, University of Hawai'i, Mānoa, and her email address is


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Bill Strickland, editor for Instructional Technology, teaches AP World History at East Grand Rapids High School in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can reach him at


     Jean Coffman

Jean Coffman, copy editor is a retired Associate Professor of English as a Second Language, Hawai‘i Pacific University, where she taught for just over 25 years, she developed courses and worked with students preparing to teach overseas and in the Hawai‘i school system in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, specializing in oral English. Her main love in teaching is being with students and seeing their enthusiasm and creativity develop.

Past Editors:


Heather Streets is a founding co-editor of World History Connected (2003-2008). After earning her Ph.D. at Duke University in 1998, Heather came to Washington State University at Pullman, teaching the undergraduate world civilizations survey. She has written extensively on the British Empire, most notably Martial Races: The Military, Race and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914 (Manchester University Press, 2005), Heather has also edited Jerry Bentley and Herbert Ziegler's Global Encounters: A Brief Global History, the condensed version of the McGraw-Hill text, and is Britain and British Empire editor for the Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2008).



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