Susan Breitzer (Board member)
Susan Roth Breitzer completed her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and is currently revising her dissertation, “Jewish Labor's Second City: The Formation of a Jewish Working Class in Chicago, 1886-1928,” and working on a book proposal. She has published essays in History Compass, the Indiana Magazine of History, and Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts. She has presented papers at the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. She has recently served on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, for which she organized the organizations first affiliated society panel. She has taught United States and world history at Fayetteville State University, and is currently teaching Western Civilization and United States History for the Fort Bragg Extension Campus of Campbell University.Read more
Tula Connell (Communications Officer)
Tula Connell is an historian of the United States focusing on 20th century labor and social movements. Connell received her Ph.D. in American History from Georgetown University in 2011, and holds an M.A. in European History from Yale University and a B.A. in Journalism from Marquette University. An independent scholar, Connell has worked in labor communications for more than 25 years and currently is Senior Communications Officer at the Solidarity Center, an international labor rights organization. Her book, Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee, was published in April 2016 by the University of Illinois Press. Conservative Counterrevolution is a volume in the series, “The Working Class in American History” edited by Nelson Lichtenstein et al. Read more
Joan Cunningham (Board member)
Joan Cunningham is a cancer epidemiologist, retired in 2013 from the Medical University of South Carolina. She grew up mostly in Toronto, Canada, with one very interesting year spent in Sri Lanka at age 12. Joan holds a B.Sc. (honours, zoology) and M.Sc. (biology: aquatic eco-embryology) from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and PhD (public health: epidemiology) from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health (Houston). Prior to completing her PhD, she worked at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, served as a lab tech, and then spent several years in clinical trials research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Areas of continuing research and scholarly collaboration include breast cancer racial disparities; and the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches, such as massage therapy and natural products, to ameliorate side effects of anti-cancer treatment. Non-academic interests include listening to and participating in choral and folk music (voice and viola); reading historical fiction, biographies and much more; travel; volunteer work in the community; and Zumba! She lives with her husband in San Antonio, TX.Read more
Amanda Haste (Vice President)
Amanda Haste is a British researcher and academic translator currently based in France, and has been President of NCIS since July 2015. After 20 years as a professional musician and music educator she resumed her studies and gained an MA in Musicology (with Distinction) in 1997 at the University of Exeter, and in 2009 was awarded her PhD in musicology from the University of Bristol. Since then she has been engaged in multidisciplinary work encompassing identity, gender studies, performativity and the intersections between music and spirituality in contemporary society., She is currently researching the 'British Colony' in Marseille, drawing not only on historical sources but also on the ever-expanding literature on - and her own experience of - the issues faced by ex-patriates.
Dr Haste is active as a peer reviewer and editor, and has presented her work at conferences in England, Scotland, Belgium, Austria, France, Germany and the USA. An invited lecturer, she was a keynote speaker at the 2014 History of Women Religious conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been published in Culture & Religion, the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, and Music and Arts in Action; her article on authenticity of the musical product has also appeared in The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World, ed. Russell Cobb (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), and she currently has articles under review for books by Cambridge UP and Routledge. Dr Haste has also co-edited (with Professor James Block, DePaul University, USA) a collection of essays on identities entitled Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization (Ex Modio, 2015), for which she was delighted to be able to include several independent scholars among the authors.
As a freelance translator (French-English) and proofreader (French-English and English-English) Dr Haste specialises in academic, musical, historical and social sciences material. She...Read more
Nhi Lieu (Board member)
Nhi T. Lieu is author of The American Dream in Vietnamese (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). Her other works have been published in journals such as Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies. She currently lives in Austin, Texas and is a full-time parent to two exuberant children. As an independent scholar, she is working on a few research projects: one book length project explores how the strategies of consumption in private and personal choices in fashion and beauty reconstitute Asian American cultural and racial identities; another examines gender and visual culture in Asian American weddings and bridal photography. Additionally, she is compiling and editing a scholarly cookbook for the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. She has taught courses in U.S. history, Asian American studies, immigration, popular and consumer culture, comparative beauty, and transnationalism. Read more
Shelby Shapiro (Board member)
San Francisco-born, I grew up on Guam. Returning after earning my BA in Anthropology, I worked for 19 years in a law office writing trial memoranda and appeal briefs, doing land title examinations, pursuing photography part-time, while hosting a Jazz & Blues program on various AM and FM stations for 9 years.
Self-taught in Yiddish, I went back to school when I came to the Washington metro area, earning an MA and PhD in American Studies studying the Yiddish press and acculturation of women immigrants. I am presently toiling to turn the dissertation into a book. I am the Associate Editor for Connecticut Public Records, Vol. XXI; a copy editor for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; and a Yiddish-to-English translator.
I served as editor for the newsletter and later the small magazine of Yiddish of Greater Washington for more than a decade, continue to serve on its Board, as well as that of Operation Understanding-DC.Read more
David Sonenschein (Membership Officer)
Early Member of NCIS, has served as NCIS Board Secretary, Book Review Editor, and adjunct member of the Board as Database Manager. He is currently Membership Officer for NCIS. Academically trained and with field experience in anthropology, sociology, and psychology, Sonenschein fled the academia and has been writing and publishing as an Independent Scholar since 1973.Read more
Edward Wall (Board member)
I graduated in 1963 from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) with a B.S. in Mathematics (with minors in the physical and biological sciences). Subsequently, working as an applied mathematician and attending graduate school at the University of Maryland (College Park), I received a M.A. in Mathematics in 1968. Returning to academics I received a Sloan Foundation Grant from the University of Chicago in 1969 and spent a number of years as a graduate student in Mathematical Biology.
For various reasons I began to question a possible future career in academics and moved in the 70s to Wisconsin where, while self employed as a system analyst, I would, in 1989, receive a B.S. in secondary mathematics education at the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) with certification in Learning Disabilities. I taught in both Wisconsin and Colorado and in the 90s returned to graduate school at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). I received a Ph. D. in Secondary Mathematics Education in 2003 and in the same year became faculty in Childhood Education (which I preferred for various reasons over Secondary Education) at the City College of New York. I was tenured in 2008 and I retired from City College in 2014.Read more
Janet Wasserman (Secretary)
JANET I. WASSERMAN is the founder and executive director of the Schubert Society of the USA (2003) and has been a member since 1999 of the Schubert Institute-United Kingdom (SIUK). She is a published independent scholar in the fields of music history (with an emphasis on Franz Schubert), music iconography, art history, and biography. She is a graduate of City College of City University of New York (CUNY) with BA and MA degrees in Modern History; she reached candidacy for a Ph.D. in Modern German History (ABD) at the CUNY Graduate Center; and has a J.D. degree from CUNY Law School. She has over forty years of administrative and executive experience in the nonprofit sector, government and academia. She has been a member since 2001 of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars and was elected Vice President for 2005-2006, then served as interim President until she was elected President in 2008, serving one term. She was appointed Secretary in 2013 to fill the unexpired term of the former Secretary and was subsequently elected to the position in 2014. Her publications are available at the NCIS website member pages where they are cited in full in her CV and at her personal site “An Independent Scholar’s Voice” (www.janetwasserman.com).Read more
Mary E Zimmer (Treasurer)
Mary Zimmer is a unique blend of academic scholar, high-level university administrator, and accomplished entrepreneurial leader. She has published and taught in her fields of 17th century British poetry and prose, medieval thought and literature, and early modern science. She has held executive administrative positions at Rice University, where she received her PhD. In 2007, after almost twenty years in academia, she took the helm of a family business with a nearly four decade history. In her time there, she has doubled the size of the business and diversified its operations into different markets. Read more