Faculty Fellows 2012-2013

Aisha KhanAisha Khan
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, FAS
“Sacred Sacrilege: Religion and the View from Caribbean Obeah and Hosay”

Aisha Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Undergraduate Studies, and is also a joint faculty member with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU. She specializes in race and ethnicity; social stratification; theory and method in diaspora studies; religion; the Caribbean and Latin America. She has co-edited Empirical Futures: Anthropologists and Historians Engage the Work of Sidney W. Mintz (2009, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press), and Women Anthropologists: Biographical Sketches (1989, Urbana: University of Illinois Press), and is the author of Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity among South Asians in Trinidad (2004, Durham: Duke University Press). Professor Khan is currently completing two manuscripts: Islam and the Atlantic World andSacred Sacrilege: Religion and the View from Caribbean Obeah and Hosay.

Professor Khan has been the recipient of awards from Fulbright, Sigma Xi Society, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and has won a Richard Carley Hunt Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Ilya KligerIlya Kliger
Assistant Professor, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, FAS
“Untimely Community: The Tragic Imagination in the Age of Russian Realism”

Ilya Kliger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, and specializes in 19th-century Russian and French novel, theory of the novel, literary theory, aesthetics, epistemology. He is the author of the recently published, The Narrative Shape of Truth: Veridiction in Modern European Literature (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011).

Elizabeth McHenryElizabeth McHenry
Associate Professor of English, FAS
“Enter the New Negro: African American Literary Activism in a New Century”

Elizabeth McHenry is an Associate Professor of English, and specializes in African-American literature, culture, and intellectual history; nineteenth and twentieth-century United States literature; and the history of the book. She is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards, including: Columbia College Alumna Achievement Award, Columbia University, 2004; Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction, 2003; John Hope Franklin Center Book Award, 2002; National Humanities Center, National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow, 1998 – 1999. Professor McHenry is the author of Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies (Duke University Press, 2002), and several articles.

Eve MelzterEve Meltzer
Assistant Professor, Gallatin
“Group Photo: The Psycho-Photographic Process in the Making of Group Identity”

Eve Meltzer is assistant professor of visual studies and visual culture at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study, with research and teaching interests in the areas of contemporary art history and criticism, the history and theory of photography, material culture, and a range of philosophical and theoretical discourses including psychoanalysis, structuralism, phenomenology, and affect theory. Her first book, Systems We Have Loved: Conceptual Art, Affect, and the Antihumanist Turn will be published by University of Chicago Press in 2013. Meltzer is beginning work on a second book project that will attempt to bring together psychoanalytic theories of group psychology with close readings of several bodies of photographs that could be called “group photos.” Meltzer also regularly writes exhibition reviews for Frieze Magazine.

Shelley RiceShelley Rice 
Arts Professor, Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch
“Local Space/Global Visions: Archives, Networks and Visual Geography Around 1900”

Shelley Rice is Arts Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch. She is the author of Parisian Views (MIT Press, 1997; shortlisted for the Kraszna-Krausz Award, 1999); Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman (MIT Press, 1999). She is also the co-author of numerous catalogues, books, and criticism.  She most recently was awarded the rank of chevalier, or knight, in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contributions to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.

Professor Rice has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (1992); Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (France, 1988) and Fulbright Senior Lecture Fellowship (to create a Media Center linked to public television at Bosphorus University, Istanbul,1999). She has also received a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency (1989), two National Endowment for the Arts grants, two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, two New York State Council on the Arts grants, a Bourse d’Etude from the French Minister of Culture (1991), and the PEN/Jerard Award for Non-Fiction Essay (1989).

Martin ScherzingerMartin Scherzinger
Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt
“African Genealogies of European and American Art Music: 1950-1980”

Martin Scherzinger is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at Steinhardt. His research specializes in sound studies, music, media and politics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a particular interest in the music of European modernism and after, as well as African music and transnational musical fusions. His research includes the examination of links between political economy and digital sound technologies, the poetics of copyright law in an international frame, the relation between aesthetics and censorship, the sensory limits of mass-mediated music, the mathematical geometries of musical time, and the history of sound in philosophy. This work represents an attempt to understand what we might call contemporary “modalities of listening;” that is, the economic, political, metaphysical, and technological determinants of both mediated and (what is perceived as) immediate auditory experience.


Sebastian de VivoJuan Sebastian De Vivo
Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Classics, FAS
“The Memory of Battle in Ancient Greece: Warfare, Identity, and Materiality”

Juan Sebastian De Vivo is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Classics at NYU. His research centers upon the significance of objects, their display, use, contemplation, collection, and representation, and how these then come to constitute narratives of identity, particularly within traumatic and interstitial spaces: battle, emigration, rites of passage. His dissertation, entitled “The Memory of Battle in Ancient Greece: Warfare, Identity, and Materiality,” focuses upon the experience of warfare in Archaic and Classical Greece, asking how the material culture of battle—particularly armor—shaped the experience, representation, and commemoration of warfare during a critical transitional period in Greek history. Other interests include Greek epic, Roman portraits, the anthropology of diaspora and transnationalism, border studies, the history of collecting and display, Jorge Luis Borges, and Julio Cortázar. He received his PhD in Classical Archaeology from Stanford University, an MA from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University, and his BA in Liberal Studies and Classics from California State University, Los Angeles. For the academic year 2009-10, he was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute.