Faculty Fellows 2011-2012

JungBong_ChoiJungBong Choi
Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch
“The Transnational Vector of Korean Cinema and Cultural Regionalization in East Asia”

JungBong Choi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. He authored Digitalization of Television in Japan: State, Economy, and Discourse (2008) and co-edited Globalization, Television and Japan (2010). Unsettling the National in Korean Cinema, a theme issue he edited for Journal of Korean Studies, was published in December 2011.

He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Trans-ing the National: Media, Culture, and Theory of Transnationality, and his first documentary, Mad about You: Yon Sama Fan Club in Manhattan, is in progress.

Alan_FeldmanAllen Feldman
Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt
“Political Speciation and the Critique of Animality

Allen Feldman is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research on the politicization of the gaze, the body and the senses  in Northern Ireland, South Africa and on  the post 9/11 global war of terror. His  research and teaching interests include visual culture,  political aesthetics, political animality,  transitional justice, and practice-led media research. Feldman is the author of the critically acclaimed book Formations of Violence: the Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland (Chicago UP 1991), numerous essays on political violence as visual and performance culture, and the forthcoming book Archives of the Insensible: War, and Aisthesis as Dead Memory (Duke UP, 2013). He teaches seminars on visual culture, war and media theory, mediated embodiment,  and the  philosophy of  media.

Kathleen_Fitzpatrick_Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Honorary)
Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College; Visiting Scholar, Steinhardt, 2010-2011
“New Narratives in Digital Technologies”

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, Professor of Media Studies (on leave) at Pomona College, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU.  She is author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press, and of Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, forthcoming from NYU Press and previously made available for open peer review online.  She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons and is the Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association.

Dennis_V_Geronimus_Dennis Geronimus 
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, FAS
“Altered Grace: Vision, Devotion and Imagination in the Art of Jacopo da Pontormo”

Dennis Geronimus is Associate Professor of Art History, specializing in Italian Renaissance art. In addition to broader introductions to visual culture from 1300-1700, his more specialized courses have addressed the legacy of Michelangelo, the problems of Mannerism, and the process of artistic transmission and exchange between Northern and Southern Europe. His current interests, as expressed in his own research and carrying over into the classroom, include the lure of the primitive, Renaissance representations of landscape as a dynamic narrative agent, and the arrival of Spanish artists in central Italy in the first half of the sixteenth century. He is the author ofPiero di Cosimo: Visions Beautiful and Strange (Yale University Press, 2006) and is currently collaborating with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, as a guest curator on the first-ever exhibition of Piero’s paintings. As a Humanities Initiative Fellow, Geronimus worked on his next book project, a comprehensive study of the intensely experimental Florentine master and one-time Michelangelo collaborator, Jacopo da Pontormo.

Lisa Gitelman
Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communications, Steinhardt; and Department of English, FAS
“Making Knowledge with Paper”

Lisa Gitelman works in the area of American media history paying particular attention to the material conditions that have helped to structure and inform the practices of reading and writing since the mid-nineteenth century. She is a former editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers and a student of the digital humanities. Currently she is working on a monograph entitled Making Knowledge with Paper as well as an edited collection entitled “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron.

Marion Kaplan
Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History, Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS
“Lisbon is Sold Out! The Refugee Crisis of World War II and the Port of Last Resort”

Marion Kaplan is Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University.  She is the author of The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany:  The Campaigns of the Jüdischer Frauenbund, 1904‑1938 (1979). She also wrote The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family and Identity in Imperial Germany (1991), which won the American Historical Association Conference Group in Central European History Book Prize for 1991/92 and the National Jewish Book Award. Her next book, Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, was published in 1998 and won the 1996 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library and the Institute of Contemporary History, London.  It was named a 1998 Notable Book by the New York Times and won the National Jewish Book Award. Her newest monograph, Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa, 1940-1945 (2008), was chosen as a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She further edited and contributed to: The Marriage Bargain: Women and Dowries in European History(1985) and Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945 (2005), and was a co-editor and contributor to: When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany (1984);Jüdische Welten: Juden in Deutschland vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart (2005); and Gender and Jewish History (2011).

Jini_Kim_WatsonJini Kim Watson
Assistant Professor, Department of English, FAS
“Ruling Like a Foreigner: On Postcolonial Authoritarianism”

Jini Kim Watson (PhD Duke Literature, 2006) is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of the Asia-Pacific, postcolonial theory, comparative modernities, and theories of architecture and urbanism. Her first book, The New Asian City: Three-dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form (Minnesota 2011), rethinks the postwar “miracle economies” of East Asia through a postcolonial and materialist lens, engaging with literature, poetry, film and urban development. She is now at work on a new book project, tentatively titled Ruling Like a Foreigner, which investigates the problem of authoritarianism and conceptions of political modernity in postcolonial literature and theory.

Jini regularly teaches undergraduate classes on Asia-Pacific literature and culture as well as introductory courses on postcolonial studies. Recent graduate seminars have included “Theories of Architecture and Space”, “Place, Space and the Postcolonial” and “Literary Dictatorships”. She is currently co-teaching a graduate seminar with colleague Crystal Parikh on “Meeting Critical Race Theory and Postcolonial Studies.”

Adina_YoffieAdina Yoffie
ACLS Fellow, Department of History
Biblical Literalism in Early Modern Europe

Adina M. Yoffie is in her second year as an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow in the History Department at New York University. She is teaching courses this academic year on the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Bible as a tool of subversion. Her research explores the meaning of the literal sense of the Bible in early modern Europe. She focuses particularly on how Protestant professors defined the term in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Germany and the Netherlands, and how their religious, political, and scholarly allegiances affected their definitions. Adina also has research experience in the field of Jewish Studies; she spent Academic Year 2009-10 as a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University, where she translated Hebrew manuscripts of the Toledot Yeshu, a medieval Jewish life of Jesus. She received her Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in June 2009.

Edward_ZiterEdward Ziter
Associate Professor, Department of Drama, Tisch
Political Theatre in Syria, 1968 to the Present

Edward Ziter is Associate Professor in the Department of Drama at New York University.  His current project is a book manuscript: Political Theatre in Syria, 1967-2011: Rehearsing Civil Society.  He is the author of The Orient on the Victorian Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and the following book chapters: “Refugees on the Syrian Stage”, in Doomed by Hope, Essays on the Theatre. Eds. Eyad Houssami and Maria Ellias. Beirut: Dar al Saqi Forthcoming; “No Grave in the Earth: Antigone’s Emigration and Arab Circulations,” Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage. Eds. Erin Mee and Helene Foley. London: Oxford University Press, 2011; and “Williams Charles Macready,” Great Shakespeareans Vol. 5. Ed Richard Schoch. New York: Continuum, 2011.