Faculty Fellows 2007-2008

Jane BurbankJane Burbank
Department of History, FAS
“Russian Law in Fiction, Fact, and Fantasy”

Jane Burbank is Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. Her current research addresses the intersections of empire, law and political practices in Eurasia. At present she is writing, with Frederick Cooper, a study of empires in world history. Her recent publications include Russian Empire: Space, People, Power 1700-1930, edited with Mark von Hagen and Anatolyi Remnev (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007); “An Imperial Rights Regime: Law and Citizenship in the Russian Empire,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 7, 3 (Summer 2006): 397-431; and Russian Peasants Go to Court: Legal Culture in the Countryside, 1905-1917 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004); Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference, with Frederick Cooper. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010, pb 2011) Winner of 2011 World History Association Book Prize; “De Rome à Constantinople, penser l’empire pour comprendre le monde” and “Paris et l’Afrique, citoyenneté et nation (1945-1960),”  with Frederick Cooper (Le monde diplomatique, décembre 2011, 16-17); “Traektorii imperii [imperial trajectories],” with Frederick Cooper, in Mify i zabluzhdeniia v izuchenii imperii i natsionalisme [Myths and Errors in the Study of Empires and Nationalism] (Moscow: Novoe izdatel’stvo, 2010), 325- 361; “Un sistema imperiale dei diritti: legge e cittadinanza nell’impero russo,” in Ruth Ben-Ghiat, ed.,  Gli imperi:  Dall’antichità all’età contemporanea (Bologna: Società editice il Mulino, 2009), 245-282; “‘Nouvelles colonies’ et ‘vieux empires’,” with Frederick Cooper, Mille neuf cent 27 (2009), 13-35; “The Well-Ordered Peasant Village: Law and Sanitation at Russian Local Courts,” in Belinda Davis, Thomas Lindenberger and Michael Wildt, eds., Alltag, Erfahrung, Eigensinn (Frankfurt/NewYork: Campus Verlag, 2008), 218-231; “Empire, droits et citoyenneté de 212 à 1946,” with Frederick Cooper, Annales HSS, mai-juin 2008, no. 3, 495-531; “Securing Peasant Society: Constables and Courts in Rural Russia, 1905-1917,” in Alf Luedtke and Michael Wildt, eds., Staats-Gewalt: Ausnahmezustand und Sicherheitsregimes Historische Perspektiven (Goettingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2008), 91-116; “Traektorii imperii [Imperial Trajectories]” with Frederick Cooper, Ab imperio 2007, no. 4 (pub 2008), 47-85; “From Middletown to Tatarstan,” in Roger Porter and Robert Reynolds, eds., Thinking Reed: Centennial Essays by Graduates of Reed College (Portland: Reed College, 2011), pp. 89-103; “The Challenge and Serendipity of Writing World History through the Prism of Empire,” Interview with Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Ab Imperio 2010, no. 2: 22-45; “The Imperial Turn in Russian Studies: Ten Years Later,” Contributor to Discussion, Ab Imperio 2010, no. 1: 64-88.

She was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin from 2010-2011. She has been a Panel Member of the Scientific Council in the European Research Council since 2008 and was Panel Chair from 2010-2011. In 2011 she became a member of Annales, International Academic Committee.

Alexander GallowayAlexander Galloway
Department of Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
“On Failure”

Alexander R. Galloway is an author and programmer. He is a 2002 winner of the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica and coauthor of The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Minnesota, 2007). Alex is Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication in NYU’s Steinhardt School.

Janet NeiprisJanet Neipris
Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch
“Senzeni Na, the Mending of a Country”

Janet Neipris, a playwright, screenwriter, and composer, is the author of more than twenty plays with productions at major regional theatres, in New York, and internationally. Her plays are published by Samuel French UK and U.S., Broadway Play Publishing, and are in the collection of the Houghton Theatre Library at Harvard. A recipient of two NEAs and two Bellagio Fellowships, she has taught writers in China, Indonesia, South Africa, Prague, London, Paris, and Italy. She won a 2008 New York University Presidential Fellowship for her play about the apartheid years in South Africa, “A Question of Country.” Professor Neipris is Chair of Graduate Studies, the Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts.

Cyrus Patell

Cyrus Patell
Department of English, FAS
“A Cultural History of New York City”

Cyrus R. K. Patell is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Honors in the English Department at NYU. He is the author of Negative Liberties: Morrison, Pynchon, and the Problem of Liberal Ideology (Duke University Press) and recently finished a book, U.S. Multicultural Literatures: An Introduction to Emergent Writing since 1940, for NYU Press. His website is http://www.patell.org. His project for the Humanities Initiative is a cultural history of New York City, co-authored with Bryan Waterman. Their blog for the project can be found at A History of New York. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Dozen Award for Undergraduate Teaching and is a recipient of NYU’s highest pedagogical award, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Gabriella PetrickGabriella Petrick
Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Steinhardt
“The Arbiters of Taste: Producers, Consumers, and the Industrialization of Taste in America, 1900-1960”

Gabriella M. Petrick was an Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. Her current research and writing focuses on the industrialization of taste and dietary change in twentieth-century America. Her article “In Good Taste: Rethinking American History with Our Palates” is forthcoming in The Journal of American History in September 2008. Her Ph.D. is in the history of Technology and Industrialization from the University of Delaware, where she focused on the history of food science and technology. She is also interested in the history of agriculture, food systems, and sustainability.

Professor Petrick is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. She has two forthcoming manuscripts,Industrializing Taste: Food Processing and the Transformation of the American Diet, 1900-1965 (working title), (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press), and Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter: Taste in History (working title), (University of Illinois Press).

Bambi SchieffelinBambi Schieffelin
Department of Anthropology, FAS
“New Words, New Worlds: Missionization and Cultural Transformation in Kaluli Society”

Bambi Schieffelin, Collegiate Professor and Professor of Anthropology, completed a book entitled New Words, New Worlds: Missionization and Cultural Transformation in Kaluli Society (University of California Press) while a fellow at the Humanities Initiative. A member of the NYU faculty since 1986, she has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the NEH, and the National Science Foundation.

Her books include The Give and Take of Everyday Life: Language Socialization of Kaluli Children (Cambridge 1990), and she co-edited Language Ideologies: Practice and Theory (Oxford, 1998), Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies (Oxford, 2007), Anthropological Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Language Studies. 5 volumes. London: Routledge. (with P. Garrett in 2010), and most recently, The Handbook of Language Socialization. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. (with E. Ochs & A. Duranti in 2011). She also contributed the chapters Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistic Anthropology: An Introduction. In Anthropological Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Language Studies. 5 volumes. Pp 1-10. London: Routledge (with P. Garrett), When friends who talk together stalk together: Online gossip as metacommunication. In Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media. C. Thurlow & K. Mroczek, eds. Pp. 26-47. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (with G. Jones & R. E. Smith).  The theory of language socialization. In The Handbook of Language Socialization. A. Duranti,  E. Ochs, B. B. Schieffelin, eds. Pp 1-21. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. (with E. Ochs). A linguistic anthropologist, her publications on language in cultural context include work on literacy, translation, time, place, and gender. She was Associate Editor of The Annual Review of Anthropology (1991-2001), and has lectured widely in the United States and Europe, in addition to holding visiting professorships at Stockholm University and the University of Vienna.

In 2012, she won the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Bryan Waterman

Department of English, FAS
“A Cultural History of New York City”

Bryan Waterman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at NYU. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University in 2000. A historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature, he also researches and teaches courses on New York City’s many literary cultures. His book Republic of Intellect: The Friendly Club of New York City and the Making of American Literature was published in early 2007 by Johns Hopkins. He has published several articles in such journals as The William and Mary QuarterlyAmerican Literary History, and Early American Literature. Professor Waterman’s current research involves seduction stories and sex scandals in the revolutionary Atlantic World; he is also at work, with Cyrus Patell, on a cultural history of New York City, and together they maintain the weblog A History of New York.