BISEMEH people Back to 'BISEMEH' Staff with interests in the Environmental Humanities. Dr Simon Jackson Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern HistoryDirector, Centre for Modern and Contemporary History I am an historian of colonial empire with a special focus on the Middle East and the Mediterranean in the twentieth century. I work on the discourse and politics of economic development in the French League of Nations Mandate in Syria and Lebanon, on the history of Fordism in the post-Ottoman Middle East, and on the global history of colonial commodities and natural resources. For full details ... Professor Corey Ross Professor of Modern History I am Professor of Modern History. My primary research interests are in global environmental history and modern European social and cultural history. Dr Frank Uekotter Reader in Environmental Humanities I am a Birmingham Fellow working on environmental issues, both past and present, in a global context. Dr Shirley Ye Lecturer in Asian History I am a global historian. I primarily research and teach the history of China.