Current Visiting Scholars

Read about our resident scholars’ previous achievements as well as their current projects with the Centre.

Hilary Moss

Hilary Moss is professor of History and Black Studies, and soon to be Education Studies, at Amherst College. As an historian of education and the African American experience, her research explores how communities have allocated educational opportunity in its many forms. At Amherst College, she teaches courses on African American history and foundational courses in Education Studies. She has served as chair of the Black Studies department (2013–2015) as well as chair of the History Department (2019–2020). She is especially proud of her efforts to help create a program in Education Studies at Amherst, which will begin Fall 2021. In 2022, she will be the incoming Vice President/President for the History of Education Society (HES).

Hilary is the author of Schooling Citizens: The African American Struggle for Education in Antebellum America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), which received the Outstanding Book Award from the History of Education Society in 2010. She has also published essays in the History of Education Quarterly, the Journal of Urban History, and New England Quarterly, among others. While Schooling Citizens traced the origins of segregation in American education, her current research explores the re-segregation of public schools, particularly through the adoption of policies like choice and zoning. Her next book, "There Goes the Neighborhood School: A Comparative and Transnational History of Zoning and Choice in late 20th century New Zealand and the United States," explores how ideas about the neighborhood school evolved during two experiments with public school choice and de-zoning that unfolded during the late twentieth century -- one in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the other in New Zealand.

Saman Hassibi

Dr Saman ‘Sam’ Hassibi is a Research Fellow/visiting scholar at the Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Canterbury. She is interested in cultural studies of food, cultural history of food, and media studies. Her previous research focused on food-related trends and consumption patterns as depicted in New Zealand print media. As a Research Fellow at the Stout Centre, Sam is involved with organising research and seminar projects; she has co-hosted the Rebellious Minds seminar and podcast series and is currently involved in the Stout Centre’s Wai Aotearoa research project.

Eva Bischoff

Associate Prof Eva Bischoff (University of Trier, Germany). Eva has previously been a visiting scholar at the Stout Centre (2019) and is returning for short two week stay to check material in the Turnbull Library and to present a seminar on her project: Family Business: Creating a 'Maritime Contact Zone' in the Colonial Anglo-World, 1790-1840’.  Eva will be joining the Centre in May.

Miriam Meyerhoff

Professor Miriam Meyerhoff (All Souls, Oxford).  Miriam is an internationally acclaimed linguist specialising in Vanuatuan and New Zealand language analysis. At the Stout Centre, she will be working on a project on variations in New Zealand sign language. She will also present a seminar on her Auckland Voice Project, ‘The Impact of Migration on New Zealand English’.  Miriam will be joining the Stout in June.

Judith Mölhoff

Judith Mölhoff (Germany) is a PhD Candidate of Christian Volk, Political Theory, Humboldt University, Berlin.  Judith’s research topic relates to recognition of the rights of nature according to Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge systems in the plurinational constitution of Ecuador and the Whanganui River Claims Settlement (Te Awa Tupua) Act, and how these transform conceptions of legal personality.  Judith will be at the Stout from 1 July to 30 October.