Faculty Fellows 2009-2010

Emily Apter
Professor, Department of French, FAS
“‘Politics Small p’: Essays on the Social Scene and the Society of Calculation”

Emily Apter is Professor of French, English, and Comparative Literature at New York University. Her books include: The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature (2006), Continental Drift: From National Characters to Virtual Subjects (1999), as well as studies of fetishism and a monograph on André Gide. Since 1998 she has edited the book series, Translation/Transnation for Princeton University Press. She is currently co-editing (with Jacques Lezra and Michael Wood) the English edition of theVocabulaire Européen des philosophies: dictionnaire des intraduisibles [Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon], as well as an English edition of Alain Badiou’s literary writings (with Bruno Bosteels). Recent essays have focused on authorial property and the creative commons, rethinking world literature around “the untranslatable,” and the “untiming” of periodization. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations.

Martin Daughtry
Assistant Professor, Department of Music, FAS
“Sound Wounds: The Costs and Benefits of Listening to the War in Iraq”

Martin Daughtry is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music and an Affiliated Professor in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies. At NYU he has taught courses dealing with the intersection of historiography and ethnography; ethnographic field methodologies; music and politics; and voice and vocality.

His recent research deals with sung poetry in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union; post-Soviet musical nationalism; and the transformation, persistence, and attenuation of musical traditions in the wake of cataclysmic socio-political change. In 2007, Music in the Post-9/11 World, which he co-edited with Jonathan Ritter, was published by Routledge. He has published articles on Russian national anthems and uncensored media in the late Soviet period, and is currently writing, along with a number of graduate student collaborators, a large review of recent scholarship on voice. As a Humanities Initiative fellow he investigated the significance of sound and the dynamics of listening in wartime Iraq.

Michah Gottlieb
Assistant Professor, Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS
“Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn’s Theological-Political Thought”

Michah Gottlieb is Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. His current research centers on the Jewish-Christian debate over faith and reason in the period of the German Enlightenment, with attention to the social, political, and ethical dimensions of this debate. He has published numerous articles on medieval and modern Jewish thought and is editing a new collection of Moses Mendelssohn’s writings. From 2006-2007 he was a Yad Hanadiv Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In 2011, he published two books Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn’s Theological-Political Thought and Moses Mendelssohn: Writings on Judaism, Christianity, and the Bible which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. In September 2011, Professor Gottlieb convened an international symposium entitled “A Continuing Conversation: Moses Mendelssohn and the Legacy of the Enlightenment”, at the Center for Jewish History in New York that was attended by over 300 people. He also curated an exhibition, “A Continuing Conversation: Moses Mendelssohn and the Legacy of the Enlightenment”, at the Leo Baeck Institute.

Most recently, Professor Gottlieb was a Tikvah Research Fellow at Princeton University (2010-2011). A collection of his own essays, Faith, Reason, and Politics: Essays on the History of Jewish Thought, is forthcoming.

Crystal Parikh
Associate Professor, Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis and English, FAS
“Writing Human Rights: U.S. Writers of Color, Civil Rights Discourse, and the Global Politics of Culture”

Crystal Parikh is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of English. She teaches Asian American and Latino literary and cultural studies, critical race and postcolonial studies, and theories of gender and sexuality. Her first book, An Ethics of Betrayal, considered the figure of the traitor in Asian American and Latino narratives in order to theorize the relations of responsibility in which minority subjects are situated.

Professor Parikh is currently working on a comparative study of U.S. writers of color in the late twentieth century. Writing Human Rights considers the implications of human rights discourses for these authors, as they mine the limits of civil rights politics under globalization. She co-edited, “Thinking Through Violence: A Discussion with Banu Bargu, Drucilla Cornell, Allen Feldman, and Mary Louise Pratt.”, with Elena Bellina, J. Martin Daughtry, and Arvind Rajagopal which was published in the online dossier of Social Text, Periscope.  Professor Parikh also wrote “Regular Revolutions: Feminist Travels in Julia Alvarez’s How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies.” for the Journal of Transnational American Studies. In 2011 she won the New York University Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award.

Arvind Rajagopal
Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt
“Publicity and Religious Violence in Gujarat”

Arvind Rajagopal is Professor of Media Studies and is an affiliated faculty in the Departments of Sociology and Social and Cultural Analysis. His books include Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (Cambridge, 2001), which won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association of Asian Studies and the Daniel Griffiths Prize at NYU, both in 2003, and The Indian Public Sphere: Structure and Transformation (Oxford, 2009. He has won awards from the MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations, and has been a Member in the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. In addition to his scholarly writing, Arvind has also published in forums such the SSRC’s Immanent Frame and opendemocracy.net, and in newspapers and periodicals.

In the year 2010-11, he is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Zhen Zhang
Associate Professor, Department of Cinema Studies, TSOA
“Celluloid Orphans and the Melodrama of Sinophone Film History, 1945-1973”

Zhen Zhang is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies in Tisch School of the Arts. Her books include An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema 1896-1937 (University of Chicago Press, 2005; MLA’s “Honorable Mention for an Outstanding First Book”), The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century (Duke University Press, 2007), and a co-edited volumeScreening TransAsia: Genre, Stardom, and Intercultural Imaginaries (forthcoming from Hong Kong University Press). Professor Zhang is also a widely published poet and literary critic. Fellowships she has won include the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, the J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities, Faculty Fellowship in Project on Cities and Urban Knowledges, ICAS (International Center for Advanced Studies) of NYU, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend.

Her latest book project tackles the orphan figure, which looms large in the postwar cinemas of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She discusses how the orphan offers a new avenue for mapping the disjointed genealogy of Chinese-language cinema in the context of decolonization, modernization and the cold war, as well as for thinking and feeling beyond the nation.