Tom Verschaffel, Professor of cultural history at the University of Leuven and Visiting Professor with the UCLA Dutch Studies Program (Spring 2019). He studied in Leuven and at the European University Institute in Florence and his primary research interests are historiography and popular historical culture, cultural nationalism, the history of cultural infrastructure and cultural transfer, and Belgian cultural history in general, mainly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His main publications include De hoed en de hond: geschiedschrijving in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden, 1715-1794 [The dog and the hat: historiography in the Southern Netherlands, 1715-1794] (1998) and De weg naar het binnenland. Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse literatuur 1700-1800: de Zuidelijke Nederlanden [The way to the interior: history of Dutch literature, 1700-1800: the Southern Netherlands] (2017), and the edited volumes Current Affairs and their Impact on History Education since 1789 (with Kaat Wils, 2012) and Cultural mediation in Europe, 1800-1950 (with Reine Meylaerts and Lieven D’hulst, 2018).
Uğur Ümit Üngör, Associate Professor at the Department of History at Utrecht University, Research Fellow at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, and Visiting Professor with the UCLA Dutch Studies Program (Fall 2019). His main area of interest is mass violence in the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries. He is an editor of the Journal of Perpetrator Research, and coordinator of the Syrian Oral History Project. His publications include Genocide: New Perspectives on its Causes, Courses and Consequences (Amsterdam University Press, 2016, ed.), Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property (Continuum, 2011), the award-winning The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2011), and the monograph Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State (Oxford University Press, 2020). He is currently working on his forthcoming monograph Shabbiha: Assad’s Militias and Mass Violence in Syria (forthcoming).