johnthumbJohn Harney, Assistant Professor of History, East Asian Specialist. @profjohnharney

John has been at Centre since 2013. His scholarly interests include identity formation and colonial and post-colonial relations in East Asia, the history of popular participation in sports in the modern era, Catholicism and Catholic communities in 20th-century China, representations of history in video games and the wider uses and interpretations of history in popular culture. You can find him talking about video games at History Respawned.

John has a B.A. in history and English literature from University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, an M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of Sheffield in the U.K., and a Ph.D. in modern East Asian history from the University of Texas at Austin.

He likes music with guitars in it, video games, and science fiction.

tarathumbTara Strauch, Assistant Professor of History, United States Specialist. @historiantara

Tara joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of history. Her fields of interest include America to 1877, the American Revolution, religious culture, political culture, identity, and the Atlantic world.

She received a B.A. in history and classical languages from The College of Wooster, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina.

Tara likes coffee, pizza, and really long novels. She dislikes packing her lunch and working with her office door closed although she should do both.