Faculty Fellows 2013-2014

Thomas Looser
Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, FAS

Tom Looser is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at NYU. His areas of research include cultural anthropology and Japanese studies; art, architecture and urban form; new media studies and animation; and critical theory. A senior editor for the journal Mechademia, he is the author of Visioning Eternity: Aesthetics, Politics, and History in the Early Modern Noh Theater, and has published articles in a variety of venues including Japan ForumMechademiaShingenjitsuJournal of Pacific Asia, and Cultural Anthropology.

Eduardo Matos-Martín
Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature, FAS

Eduardo Matos-Martín is Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Comparative Literature. His research and teaching interests mainly focus on contemporary Spanish peninsular literatures and cinema, and address a wide range of topics in political theory, biopolitics, history and the culture of memory. His current book manuscript, España y sus excluidos. Representaciones de vida desnuda en la ficción española contemporánea, examines cultural representations of the “excluded others” as “bare life” in contemporary novels, short stories and films, tracing it back from the Spanish Civil War to present-day Spain. He has forthcoming articles in Revista de Alces XXI. Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature & Film and Anales de la literatura española contemporánea. He is additionally co-editing a book entitled Fuera de la ley: el cine y la cultura quinqui de los años ochenta with Luis Martín-Cabrera, Roberto Robles and Joaquín Florido-Berrocal, in which he also authored a chapter on the urban outcast and cinema.

Ara Merjian
Assistant Professor, Department of Italian Studies, FAS

Ara H. Merjian is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies and an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History. He is the author of Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City (Yale University Press, 2014), and teaches the Italian and French avant-gardes, the modernist legacies of Nietzschean philosophy, European film theory, and the cultural politics of fascism and anti-fascism. He is currently at work on two new manuscripts: Heretical Aesthetics: Pier Paolo Pasolini against the Avant-garde examines Pasolini’s fraught position between Neorealism and the Neo-Avant-garde in postwar Italy.s considers the wide-ranging and often inimical echoes of de Chirico’s painting in European art and architecture in the early and mid-twentieth century. Among some of Prof. Merjian’s published essays are articles on Le Corbusier and Metaphysical painting for Grey Room; Giacomo Balla’s design practice for the Oxford Art Journal; Jean Cocteau’s belle-lettrist criticism for the Getty Research Journal; Luca Buvoli’s “post-utopian” video practice in Word & Image; and Gabriel Alomar’s fin-de-siècle poetics in Modernism/Modernity. Before joining the faculty at NYU, he taught at Stanford and Harvard Universities, and is a contributing critic to Artforum and frieze.

Susan Murray
Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt

Susan Murray is Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication with research and teaching interests in the areas of visual culture, screen studies, media theory and social and industrial histories of American media. She is the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars: Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (Routledge, 2005) and a co-editor, with Laurie Ouellette, of two editions of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (NYU Press, 2004; 2009). She is currently working on history of color television from the late 1920s through the 1960s—a book project under contract with Duke University Press—and has been awarded an ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year.

Melissa Rachleff Burtt
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt

Melissa Rachleff Burtt joined the Visual Art Administration Program in Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions as a clinical associate professor in 2008. Previously, Rachleff Burtt spent 8 years as a program officer at the New York State Council on the Arts. Rachleff Burtt held a variety of arts-related positions, including associate curator at Exit Art (1989-1995); head of adult and community
programs at the Brooklyn Museum (1995-1997). She has written on the subject of photography, art, and art management for a variety of
publications. Rachleff Burtt received her B.S. degree in Art and Design from Drexel University, and is an alumna of the NYU/ICP MA
Program at Art and Art Professions program. Rachleff Burtt is currently working on an exhibition and book project titled Inventing Downtown: Artist Run Galleries in New York City, 1950-1965. The exhibition will open at the Grey Art Gallery (NYU) during the 2015/2016 academic year. Her essay, “Do It Yourself:A History of Alternatives” was published in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010, by MIT Press in 2012.

Andrew Romig
Assistant Professor, Gallatin

Andrew Romig is an assistant professor of medieval studies at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study. His research focuses particularly on the cultural history of continental Europe during the Carolingian late-eighth, ninth, and early-tenth centuries, though he has taught and written on such wide-ranging subjects as the history of emotion, the history of masculinity, medieval Latin and vernacular comparative literature, and the visual arts. Professor Romig is currently finishing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Carolingian Hybridities: The Changing Face of Secular Masculinity, 8th-10th c., and is also working on the translation of a Latin treatise on images and visual art, the Opus Caroli Regis (8th c.), for the University of Toronto Press.

Zeb Tortorici
Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese Languages and Literatures, FAS

Zeb Tortorici is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. His book manuscript looks at the intersections of archives, sexuality, desire, and colonialism, in colonial Latin America between the sixteenth century and early nineteenth. He has published articles in Ethnohistory, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, History Compass, e-misférica, and in the edited volumes Death and Dying in Colonial Spanish America and Queer Youth Cultures. With Martha Few, he recently co-edited Centering Animals in Latin American History, and he is currently co-editing two special issues of Radical History Review on the topic of “queering archives.” He is also co-editing Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Anthropological Knowing with Pete Sigal, Erika Robb Larkins, and the late Neil L. Whitehead.