Welcoming Douglas McRae to RRCHNM

We are happy to announce that Dr. Douglas McRae has joined our team at RRCHNM as a postdoctoral fellow. Douglas received his PhD from Georgetown University in 2021 and his research interests are in urban environmental history, particularly the history of water and sanitation in Brazil and throughout Latin America. His work focuses on the changing relationship between São Paulo, Brazil and its water resources since the 19th century. Douglas will be working on the next phase of the Tropy project, which mostly involves outreach efforts to promote the software to audiences in North America and Latin America. As a fluent speaker of both Spanish and Portuguese, Douglas will be working with diverse audiences all across both continents.

The Tropy project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, began its life here at RRCHNM and is now based at our partners at C2DH at the University of Luxembourg. Our former RRCHNM colleague Sean Takats leads the project. Our partnership with C2DH includes this project and formal exchanges of faculty, staff, and students between our two centers, and a textbook for teaching digital history that is still in the planning stages.

If you visit our offices you will find a mural featuring our founder Roy Rosenzweig and the title of one of his most famous essays – What’s Next for Clio? – published in the Journal of American History in 1995. This title has personal relevance for Douglas because he and his family have a cat named Clio who likes to remind him, typically around 5:30 am, that what’s next for Clio is breakfast. Now.

To read more about all of our team members, please visit the “Our People” page on our website..


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