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Christopher Capozzola is Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses on U.S. history, war and the military, and U.S.-Asian relations. He is the author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen and is at work on Brothers of the Pacific, a history of Filipinos in the U.S. armed forces since the 1890s. He contributed two units on photography in the Philippines to Visualizing Cultures.


John W. Dower is a Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder, in 2002, of MIT's "Visualizing Cultures" project, a website that breaks new ground in the scholarly use of visual materials to reexamine the experience of Japan and China in the modern world. As of 2014, eleven of the presentations on this multi-unit site were authored by him. Dower’s 1999 book Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II won the U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction, the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the Bancroft Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, and the John K. Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association. Dower earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Amherst College in 1959, and a Ph.D. in History and Far Eastern Languages from Harvard University in 1972. He expanded his doctoral dissertation, a biography of former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru, into the book Empire and Aftermath. His many other publications include a selection of writings by E. Herbert Norman and a study of mutual images during World War II entitled War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War. Dower was the executive producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of California-San Diego. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1991, and was honored with the American Historical Association's "Award for Scholarly Distinction" in 2013.


Lead Content Developer for MITx on VJx v1. Ellen Sebring has been Research Associate/Creative Director of Visualizing Cultures at MIT since the project’s founding in 2002. Her own Visualizing Cultures unit, “Civilization & Barbarism” premieres September 2014. Sebring earned a Masters degree at MIT and was a Fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies for six years. Currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Plymouth, UK, her publications include Transcultural Tendencies | Transmedial Transactions (Bristol, 2012); Consciousness Reframed 12, (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal 2011). As President of Botticelli Interactive (1997-2002) Sebring directed new media development, including the “Titian Kiosk,” awarded The New York Festivals’ World Medal; an interactive television prototype commissioned by the Institute for Civil Society; "Star Festival," Best of Show at MacWorld Expo; and "StarNetwork," starring George Takei, awarded the Distinguished Award at the Multimedia GrandPrix 2000, Tokyo. Selected for the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute to direct a film in Hollywood, Sebring has also directed documentaries on the arts, including "Severe Clear," featuring light artist James Turrell for Public Television. Awards include The Artist's Foundation Fellowship for Video Art, Canon Europa prize at the WorldWide Video Festival, Holland, and commissions for national broadcasts by WGBH and WNET.



Genevieve Clutario is a Assistant Professor of History and History & Literature at Harvard University, and is a cultural historian who specializes in interdisciplinary and transnational feminist approaches to gender, race, and colonialism particularly in relation to Filipino diasporic histories. Her first book project, The Appearance of Filipina Nationalism: Body, Nation, Empire, examines how colonial and nationalist projects used fashion, beauty regimens, and public spectacles to police Filipino women’s bodies, while Filipino women used these same arenas to negotiate their own definitions of modernity, citizenship, and nation. She uses multi-sited and multi-lingual research that includes written, visual, and material evidence from the nineteenth century up until the early 1940s. Clutario’s other major research and teaching interests include Asian/American histories in global perspectives; comparative histories of modern empire; transnational feminisms; and gender, race, and the politics of fashion and beauty.


Carla Sinopoli is the Curator of Asian Archaeology at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and the Director of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on complex societies and political economy in Southern India. She is currently co-directing a multi-year archaeological field project in the Tungabhadra River Valley of South India, focusing on emergent social and economic inequalities and the formation to territorial polities during the South India Iron Age (first millennium BC). Her prior work in the area included a 10-year systematic regional survey of the hinterland of the 14th-16th c AD imperial capital of Vijayanagara, where she focused particularly on examining the relations of imperial and temples institutions in the control and organization of craft production. As curator of the Museum of Anthropology's extensive collections from Asia, Sinopoli is conducting research and publishing on material culture and trade in South and Southeast Asian history and prehistory.



Video post-production assistant for VJX v1. Sylvia is an independent video producer and editor specializing in educational content. She documented the work of the famous Yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar, including his 75th birthday celebration in India and produces and distributes DVDs specializing in yoga. In addition, she carries on a family tradition, distributing a unique collection of classic train films produced by her father.


Ruodi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Harvard. Her research focuses on the various strands of Third World, Pan-Africanist, and Afro-Asian ideas and movements that took shape during the Cold War. Her other academic interests include Asian American history, Pacific history, and cultural and ethnic studies. She received her B.A. in Black Studies from Amherst College.


Project assistant for VPx. Helen is a MIT '19 majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She worked on building many of the image-based assessments in this course. She is interested in the intersection of technology and culture.