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Howard Baskerville - Morgan Shuster

Baskerville presented by Thomas M. Ricks


Thomas M. Ricks has a BA in Philosophy and History from Notre Dame University. Following his Peace Corps service (Mahabad ,Mashhad, 1964-66) he earned a MA and Ph.D. from Indiana University in Middle Eastern Studies and Persian Language. His academic career spans many decades, most recently at Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Palestinian Birzeit University. He has written extensively on Howard Baskerville and is currently an independent scholar researching Iranian, Palestinian and Persian Gulf social and cultural history.



Shuster presented by Joan Gaughan


“Finding in Morgan Shuster a spirit resembling that of the Peace Corps volunteers who served in Iran from 1962 to 1976, I knew the writing of this book (The Shuster Mission to Iran) was almost unavoidable,” says Joan Gaughan.  Her own Peace Corps experience in Iran (1964 – 1966, Lahijan, Rasht)  and her knowledge of the country and language make her uniquely qualified to evaluate Morgan Shuster’s efforts in 1911 to put that country’s chaotic finances on a sound footing at a time when Iran was divided between British and Russian spheres of influence.

Gaughan holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan and has taught history and humanities in college for thirty years.  Her publications include the three volume Milestones in Western Civilization, seven articles in the Victorian Encyclopedia, and The ‘Incumbrances’: British Women in India, 1615 -1858. She makes frequent presentations at conferences on British colonial history and other topics.

Currently, Gaughan is editor of the Peace Corps Iran Association’s newsletter, KhabarNameh, and is co-founder and manager of McKenzie Sporthorses.  She lives in Michigan.



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