Paul Peucker is archivist/director at the Moravian Archives. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and has been a member since 2008.
By Ethan Ehrenhaft
In 2009, archaeologists uncovered a small copper medallion in a pit at Fort Shirley, Pennsylvania. Dated to the early 1750s, the trinket may have gone unnoticed were it not for the single phrase in Arabic emblazoned on its surface: “No god but Allah.” Its owner was most likely an enslaved person in the service of trader George Croghan. The Fort Shirley medallion has become part of a rare yet influential assortment of artifacts connected to the lives of enslaved Muslims in the United States.
Mark Sedgwick is a professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. He lives in Aarhus and has been a member since 1997.
From choosing a graduate school to selecting a dissertation topic, a history PhD is full of avenues not explored. Not all research, for instance, makes it into the final dissertation draft. It’s one thing to discard a source that just doesn’t fit. But what about a trove of sources that have the potential to alter the direction of a project entirely?
Usha Sanyal is an independent scholar and adjunct instructor at Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been a member since 2010.
Sarah Walsh is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney. She lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and has been a member since 2012.
Mou Banerjee is a PhD candidate in modern South Asian history at Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has been a member since 2013.
Lilian Calles Barger is an independent scholar. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, and has been a member since 2008.