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For the academic year 2008-2009, I will teach one course during the fall semester, History 610, Geographic Information Systems in Historical Studies. During the spring semester 2008 (and the spring semester 2009), I will be on research leave due to my work as co-project leader and principal investigator (PI) for a multi-national, multi-disciplinary project funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF; award no. 0740345; $394,000 for three years, 2007-2010).

The project that I created is entitled "Dynamic Complexity of Cooperation-Based Self- Organizing Commercial Networks in the First Global Age" (acronym: DynCoopNet). DynCoopNet is one of five multi-national, multi-disciplinary projects within ESF's EUROCORES (European Collaborative Research) Scheme program "The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading" (TECT). You will find an illustrated brochure about TECT and these projects (including the section I wrote about DynCoopNet) in pdf at the URL:

DynCoopNet builds on my work on sixteenth-century smuggling that I developed with a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH; 2000), a full NEH Fellowship (2004-2005), a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2005-2006), and several small grants from ISU's Faculty Research Committee and Humanities/Social Sciences Research Committee. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from all of these sources.

In September 2005, my most recent book, "By My Absolute Royal Authority": Justice and the Castilian Commonwealth at the Beginning of the First Global Age was published by the University of Rochester Press as part of its series "New Interpretations of Early Modern Europe."

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