These Historians on Twitter Don't Have a Large Following -- But They Should!Historians/History
My 9 x great grandfather, possibly.* *probably not pic.twitter.com/sSEGmKdOev— Rebecca Rideal (@RebeccaRideal) July 23, 2014
Rebecca is the founder and editor of The History Vault. She is also the curator of an energetic, spirited Twitter feed. It's quite evident that she's a history junkie, and that she's perfectly fine with it! I pledge my allegiance to her historically sound cause.
Caroline's website FlickeringLamps.com has an irresistable motto which was inspired by a quote from Winston Churchill. “History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.” Her page immediately caught my eye, illuminating my irises with its... historical ambience. It keeps me awake at night.
Kate is a medieval and modern historian with a talent for research, and her latest efforts have been aimed at Edmond Halley, an astronomer, mathematician and sea captain from 17th Century England. Kate's blog is a companion to her feed of manuscript logs from Halley’s three voyages, which can be followed 'live' each day @HalleysLog. Please do attend! If your compass is broken, one will be provided for you. Yes, even if it's covered in exotic seaweed and Moby Dick's tooth plaque.
Happy international women's day from me to you xxxxx— Cathy Hunt (@CathyJHunt) March 8, 2013
Cathy is a historian and the author of National Federation of the Women Workers 1906-21. Seeing as her Twitter feed is currently a silent spring, alas, she may be a lost Twitterstorian for good. However, there is hope for resurrection if she sees she is featured in this article.
After sessions of philosophical consulting at Bureau de Filosoof in Amsterdam, Joyce tweets (sometimes in Dutch, sometimes in English) about religion, mysticism and theology. She holds the firm belief that scholarship of esotericism deserves more attention. "Filosoof" has to be a candidate for one of the greatest words ever, whatever language.
Friday I'm at the St. Louis Museum of Art to talk on Kara Walker's film "FallFrumGrace, Miss Pipi’sBlue Tale." http://t.co/vXTuQKs3sa— Martha S. Jones (@marthasjonesUM) April 28, 2014
Martha Jones is a writer, commentator, researcher and historian who knows important family, love, and equality is in life. Her Twitter feed reinforces these good principles, as it combines race, gender, law, and history into an uplifting mixture of the old and the new.
Just setting out for @NMMGreenwich for a workshop on Co-supervising a Collaborative Doctoral Award. Going to be great to work with students.— Paul Dryburgh (@pablodiablo74) June 9, 2014
Dryburgh is a staff member at United Kingdom's National Archives. He tweets out humorous observations on sports, as well as academia and history news. As of late, photos of spiders have been sighted on his feed. Arachnophobics beware! Eight-legged Twitterstorians, do not. We're all on the web, after all.
"Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to a cucumber who doesn't know how to turn into a pickle."--quote from my 14-yr-old daughter. #witty— Melissa Marsh (@WW2HistoryGal) July 19, 2014
Melissa is a historical fiction writer and WWII historian whose latest book is entitled Nebraska POW Camps: A History of WWII Prisoners in the Heartland. Her feed is very informative, ranging from her progress writing novels to her family and her health. You can tell she finds joy in the archives of history - I will be on the lookout for her daily World War bulletins (so long as I don't get shot at by artillery).
Historians need to be reminded about pressing issues pertinent to their jobs, their fields of inquiry, and their lifestyles. Kathleen, a biographer, historian, and author, may be the voice that Twitter needs. She retweets interesting links, informative articles, as well as material related to her book, Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life. Contrary to the subject of her book, her Twitter feed is a pleasurable - not tiresome - activity to engage in.
Such a neat story!"'Kindred Spirit' mailbox collects secrets from around the nation": http://t.co/FNvaLXzhtB— Cindy Gueli (@historybyte) June 24, 2014
Dr. Cindy Gueli tweets tons and tons of things I want to click on and read. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her book, Lipstick Brigade: Government Girls in World War II Washington, which is about the unheralded wartime adventures of the quarter of a million young women who flocked to the nation's capital.
Justin is the editor of the Notches blog, which was established in order to get people inside and outside the academy thinking about sex and sexualities in the past and in the present. His page is where political strategy, cunnilingus, and heterosexuality in America meet. You will be prompted to think differently concerning gender, and the way societies function.
My forthcoming book: Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema http://t.co/SUqoEffQ3u— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) June 9, 2014
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Italian Studies and History at New York University. Relatively new to Twitter with only 17 tweets (at the time), Ruth is off to a good start, showcasing her own work and other articles about World War I, drones, CNN Opinion pieces, and more.
Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. http://t.co/qDo9MuyuqF Very useful for New Year reboot: focus on setting up systems— Tera Hunter (@inllhrprhntr) January 5, 2014
Tera is Professor of History and African Studies at Princeton University. Americans often go to war with themselves, whether its through disunion, segregation, or other means of division and injustice. Tera is fully aware of human nature's perks, and its downfalls - her Twitter is a balanced medley of political issues, Civil War experiments, tennis, inspirational quotes and her own personal philosophy.
Wouter J. Hannegraaff
Wouter is Professor of the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. You will be able to tell right away that you've entered an enchanted courtyard of a Twitter page where matters such as metaphysics, Cornelius Agrippa, and mystic manuscripts flourish. Mr. Hannegraaff seems like the type of man who would be great at reciting exerpts from "Alice in Wonderland" outloud or uncovering ancient mysteries with the aid of firelight and gingerbread cookies.
Mason B. Williams
Its one thing to abandon a theory; its another to find a political path out of an unjust practice that provides benefits to pplwith power.— Mason B. Williams (@masonbwilliams) July 26, 2014
Mason is a historian specializing in urban politics, with degrees from Columbia University and Princeton University. Contrary to his first name, he is not a member of the masonic brotherhood, but he's an institutionally aware, socially conscious New Yorker who writes extensively about "The City That Never Sleeps." Make sure you follow suit, and don't sleep on his efforts in return.
Every History essay, regardless of the period, should be banned from using the phrase 'emerging middle classes'. In all circumstances.— Jonathan Healey (@SocialHistoryOx) June 27, 2014
Jonathan lectures on English Local and Social History at the University of Oxford. If you're looking for a sharp, witty historian with more than one in the chamber (he's fully loaded), this chap's feed may appeal to you in spades. He recently wrote an article about nine lessons he learned from Twitter, an amusing read. You can find him blogging at "The Social Historian" on Wordpress.
Just landed in NY. pic.twitter.com/N3SCaEEuam— Erik Paulson (@ErikPaulson) June 7, 2014
UFC heavyweight fighter Josh Barnett once described Erik Paulson, a mixed martial arts coach and former Shooto champion himself as "a walking MMA encyclopedia". While he doesn't have a degree in history, his experience in the sport, his far ranging influence on those he has trained, and his knowledge of martial arts qualifies him as one of, if not the premier historian of the rising sport of MMA. Erik is the founder of Combat Submission Wrestling, and the author of “History of American Submission Wrestling".
Samson Kaunga Ndanyi
#SecurityInKenya. Reconsidering my trip to Kenya. Might cancel if security doesn't improve in next 3 months.— Samson Kaunga Ndanyi (@kaunga23) May 23, 2014
Samson is a Ph.D student in the Department of History at Indiana University. He is also an author, stage actor, playwright, and filmmaker whose plays have won top awards in Kenya. He is relatively new to Twitter, but in time, I expect him to become the spokesman of a most interesting page. I'm looking forward to more details about his films in Kenya.
Deborah is the president of the Brooklyn Historical Society, which was founded in 1863. Like many of the people on this list of underrated historians, she tweets about everything historical, with a concentration on what's happening in Brooklyn, New York.
This new issue of Radical Teacher on "Hip Hop and Critical Pedagogy" looks great! http://t.co/xbA4argsue— Nick Witham (@ndwitham) October 31, 2013
Nick is a cultural and intellectual historian of the twentieth-century United States who uses Twitter in a constructive, positive way, predominantly retweeting posts from others while adding thoughts of his own. Job ads for historians also make an appearance here, so seekers of employment, do have your resumes at the ready & your lexicons at hand.
Hear interview on Iran I did on John Batchelor show on WABC radio 20 minutes into Podcast: http://t.co/rku0hZX6jQ— Jeffrey Herf (@JeffreyHerf) June 13, 2014
Jeff is a history professor at the University of Maryland who studies the intersection of ideas and politics in modern European history, specializing in twentieth century Germany. A new face on Twitter, Jeff is already making a great impression by posting and retweeting articles with versatile and relevant contexts. His expertise in the above listed areas is likely to produce enlightening views on world affairs. He's a worldly gentleman. He resembles Sean Penn.
Trying again to apply the 'do-the-most-difficult-thing-first' rule; that feels much better— Peter Webster (@pj_webster) July 8, 2014
Peter is a historian based in London and Chichester, with interests in the history of Christianity in twentieth century Britain, particularly the relation of church, law and state, and the religious arts. The "message on the wall" for his page seems to be updating his followers on the work he does, the work that others do, and a healthy diffusion of Christian values. Peter uses Twitter to the fullest.
Hilde de Weerdt
The perspective of a geologist: problem is that history has been commandeered by humanists; think of the planet as an archive too #aasinasia— Hilde De Weerdt(@hild_de) July 17, 2014
Hilde's feed is a constant stream of thought provoking tidbits on Chinese intellectual, political, social, and economic history, as well as medieval cartography, among many other things. If you are into Asian studies, you may want to get enrolled.
Lauren's debut novel, The Arrow of Sherwood, combines two of her lifelong loves: history and storytelling. It’s an origin story of Robin Hood, set during the turbulent reign of Richard I. She tweets about medieval marriage, British literature, costumes, articles she's written, and upcoming projects. Even the Sheriff of Nottingham gets his history news from her.
J. Pish Parrison
This is an excellent page. Jennifer is a historian who is on the ball concerning countless sources of news related to the field.
Uh oh, graphs. I don't understand! My brain is just white noise and panic.— Kate Wiles (@katemond) July 8, 2014
Kate currently works as the historical language consultant for the History Channel/MGM drama, Vikings, and she is also a recent Ph.D graduate in Old English and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. Ancient Egypt, Stonehenge, Twitterstorian get-togethers, humorous self deprecation, careful examination of manuscripts - it's all there. She's known for making things that may come off as dull and boring the exact opposite: fun, engaging and accessible.
Chris is an Egyptologist and Director of the Egypt Exploration Society, a charity dedicated to exploring ancient Egyptian sites and monuments, and to creating a lasting record of the remains. He hangs out at museums, archaeological sites, and in the shadow of pyramids and bazaars in Cairo. A well-travelled man = the procuration of a cultured Twitter feed. Prepare to be mummified with knowledge! (Or just plain old mummified, if you're into that kind of stuff.)
Just been sent the full investment account of a major US pension fund by one of the world's biggest investment banks. By mistake. #Epicfail— Peter Frankopan (@peterfrankopan) July 1, 2014
Peter tweets about Aristotle, developments within banking, opera, Arabic erotology, and Soviet versions of history. Name it; he's made it a frame of reference before. As a historian at Oxford University, he works on the Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia, and on relations between Christianity and Islam.
I'm writing on Heliodorus while my off-school son watches Harry Potter. Not for the first time, I am musing on Dumbledore and Calasiris.— Tim Whitmarsh (@Twhittermarsh) July 10, 2014
Mr. Whitmarsh mish mashes wit. Say that 5 times as fast as you can. Well, it's true! Tim is a classicist and Professor of Ancient Literatures at Oxford University who tweets steadfastly about his expeditions, his lectures, ancient atheism, and British worker strikes.
Ian D. Morris
Reading François Déroche's recent book, "Qur'ans of the #Umayyads". He uses the word "hobbledehoy" (p. 8). This pleases me.— Ian D. Morris (@iandavidmorris) July 26, 2014
Ian is a researcher in early Islamic history. Arab conquests, messages from his colleagues, medievalism, and the origin of Middleastern religions are just a few of the themes discussed here. There are literally too many interesting posts to name. I'd recommend checking him out.
David is a cultural historian who focuses on Asheville, North Carolina, and how his family originated from there. I've heard of Nashville, but not Asheville, and if there are any starving historians out there, then you're probably curious about a city called 'Cashville.' Zing!
I've had so much chocolate today that it's probably illegal.— Irna Qureshi (@irnaqureshi) June 12, 2014
Irna Qureshi is an ethnographer, writer, and oral historian specialising in British Asian arts, culture, and identity. Her adventures in cooking and world cuisine are splayed against a backdrop of literature and poetry. This may be a risky statement, but her love of chocolate may rival her love of history! (Awaiting backlash from vanilla revolutionaries in 3... 2... 1...)
SPREAD THE WORD: Annual Bus Tour of Historic Harlem by the Marcus Garvey Foundation [PDF flyer] --> http://t.co/AL0sA1zHVv— Samir Meghelli (@SamirMeghelli) May 28, 2014
Dr. Meghelli is a professor of African American Studies and French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His page displays a pharaoh's hoard of American related news headlines, secret historical documents and unique perspective attained through hip hop music.
Excited to announce I am now Curator of Agriculture & Food at Canada Science & Technology Museums Corp. Office at Canada Ag & Food @AgMuseum— William Knight (@Willy_Knight) June 4, 2014
Something's fishy here... oh, that's because Willy "thinks out loud, quietly, about history, nature, and fish." Blended together, these elements of his lifestyle are insightful and valuable, especially if you're conscious about regulation and governance over our planet's oceans. For an additional fishery historian, be sure to check out Abdallah Mkumbukwa as well, @amkumbukwa.
Dr. Anirban Ganguly
Anirban is a scholar of Indian civilization and director of the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. He tweets about his columns, other Indian historians, Hindu history, analysis of current events, and more.
"The great ages of renaissance in history were those when men suddenly discovered the seeds of thought in the granary of the past."-Tagore— Dr. Anirban Ganguly (@anirbanganguly) May 9, 2014
Just finished my book about the Tower of London for @HRP_palaces If I was a Tudor, I would celebrate by going to a beheading or two...— Tracy Borman (@BormanTracy) July 12, 2014
Last year, Tracy was appointed as joint Chief Curator (with Lucy Worsley) for Historical Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House, and Whitehall. Be on the lookout for her refreshing posts on castles, kings, queens and the like!
Sime is a graduate student of prehistoric archaeology from Zagreb. He runs his own online paper called "The Celeres Daily" which he tweets about often. Actually, that's all he tweets about, but he's still awesome.
Other mentions go to:
- Mills Kelly @EdwiredMills
- Bradley Borougerdi @BradleyJ34
- Benjamin Carp @bencarp
- Kristina Richardson @krisrich
- Chris Millington @DrChris82
- Dominic Selwood @DominicSelwood
- Evan Smith @Hatfulofhistory
- Caroline Sharples @carol1ne_louise
- Reza Pankhurst @rezapankhurst
- Asia Leeds @AsiaLeeds
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