Brian Owensby, Director of the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation

Brian Owensby 

Brian Owensby is professor of history in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.  His scholarly work has ranged from social and political history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazil to legal and imperial history in seventeenth-century Mexico.  Current research includes historiography and historical theory from a Brazilian perspective and a book-length project on the Jesuit New World synthesis of the eighteenth century as a counterpoint to Eurocentric accounts of modernity.  He has taught a variety of courses large and small to undergraduates, including a Global History class, and is supervising several graduate students.  He served as chair of the Corcoran Department of History from 2009 to 2012.


Cliff Maxwell

Cliff Maxwell leads the administration of Global Grounds, the home of the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation, as well as the Office of Global Internships and the Global Studies major. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, received a Fulbright Commission grant for study in Sri Lanka, and formerly managed UVA’s J-1 exchange visitor visa program. Cliff focused the subject of his dissertation research on the perspectives and motivations of Buddhist laypersons in the practice of vipassana mediation. Having previously instructed courses in cultural anthropology, he currently teaches a course in Buddhist Development for undergraduates in Global Development Studies. In his spare time, Cliff gardens, keeps bees, and gets home to the High Desert when he can.  


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