Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, and Spanish & Portuguese, Faculty of Arts & Science
Project: Kant in the Maquis’ Backpack: Freedom in Spain’s Resistance Movements, 1939-1975
Gabriela Basterra teaches philosophy and literature at the Comparative Literature and the Spanish & Portuguese Departments at New York University, and is faculty in the Poetics & Theory Program. Between 2004 and 2010 she was also a Director of Program at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. Prof. Basterra is the author of Seductions of Fate: Tragic Subjectivity, Ethics, Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and The Subject of Freedom: Kant, Levinas (Fordham University Press, 2015). She has co-edited Quel sujet du politique? (Rue Descartes, 2010), and her published essays focus on the work of Velázquez, Racine, Kant, Nietzsche, García Lorca, Lacan, Arendt, Levinas, Ricoeur, Antelme, Nancy, and Laclau, among others. Her two ongoing book projects are Kant in the Maquis’ Backpack and Shaping the Void.
Department of French, Faculty of Arts & Science
Project: The Liberation of Paris, in Black and White
Cécile Bishop is Assistant Professor of French at New York University. She obtained her PhD from King’s College London in 2012. Before joining NYU, she was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work focuses on francophone postcolonial literatures and visual culture. She is the author of Postcolonial Criticism and Representations of African Dictatorship: The Aesthetics of Tyranny (Oxford: Legenda 2014). Bishop’s current book project examines what role the aesthetic and the literary can play in current debates on race in France.
Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science
Project: Society on the Move: Experiences of the Trans-Iranian Railway, 1850-1950
Mikiya Koyagi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He holds a PhD in History from The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include transportation, infrastructure, mobility, borderlands, and intra-Asian connections (particularly Japan and West Asia). His writings have appeared in journals such as The International Journal of Middle East Studies and The Journal of World History. His current book manuscript examines how a broad segment of Iranian society, including diplomats, nomadic tribes, migrant workers, and travelers, experienced encounters with railway infrastructure by tracing the Trans-Iranian Railway project from its conception in the mid-nineteenth century to its early years of operation in the mid-twentieth century.
Assistant Professor of History
Department of Humanities, NYU Shanghai
Project: The Chop Suey Corridor: How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled a Chinese Restaurant Boom in New York City, 1870-1946
Heather Ruth Lee is an assistant professor of history at NYU Shanghai. She is completing a book on the history of Chinese restaurants in New York City. She is exploring a second project on food rationing and the consequences on urban food provisioning and consumption. She is also developing a historical database of immigrant restaurants, which she will make publicly available through an interactive digital platform. Her research has been featured in NPR, Atlantic magazine, and Gastropod, a podcast on food science and history. She has advised and curated exhibitions, including shows at the New York Historical Society, the National Museum of American History, and the Museum of Chinese in America
Wendy V. Muñiz
Assistant Professor/Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Faculty of Arts & Science
Project: The Unofficial Archive: A Critique of Archival Culture in the Dominican Republic, 1865-1927
Wendy V. Muñiz is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the NYU Center for the Humanities and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research centers on unorthodox archival media in the Hispanic Caribbean, with a focus on the Dominican Republic. Also a writer and producer on films that explore cultural memory in the Americas, she is currently producing two documentaries that aim to preserve and disseminate endangered queer archives and contemporary curiosity cabinets in the region. Muñiz’s scholarly and filmmaking work has received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CUNY DSI Archives and Library, the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, Programa Ibermedia, and FONPROCINE, among others. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she was appointed Lead Teaching Fellow from 2015 to 2016 in recognition for her work with students, and is the recipient of the NYU Center for the Humanities Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science
Project: Land Uprising: Mystical Materialism and the Indigenous Reclamation of the Americas
Simón Ventura Trujillo is an Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies in the English Department at New York University. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he teaches and researches on Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, Borderland methodologies, decolonial social movements, and comparative racialization in the Americas. Grounded in the locality of New Mexico, his book project unpacks the labor of Indigenous land reclamation as a cross-racial and transnational intellectual labor on the politics of reading and writing. By engaging writings by La Alianza Federal de Mercedes, Leslie Marmon Silko, Ana Castillo, Simon Ortiz, and the EZLN, this project shuttles between colonial, national, and neoliberal periodicities and highlights submerged points of convergence between Indigenous North and Latin America. It thus offers a different take on Chicana/o and Indigenous cultural studies as fields constituted through intertextual and intersubjective relations that break down the abstract divisions between religion, history, politics, economy, and culture.
Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science; Gallatin
Project: Chartist drama: the performance of politics and the politics of performance
Greg Vargo is an assistant professor in the department of English, FAS and the Gallatin School. His research focuses on the literary and cultural milieu of nineteenth-century British protest movements and the interplay between politics, periodical culture, and the novel. He is the author of An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture, and the Social Problem Novel (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2017-18), which suggests that underground newspapers affiliated with radical movements fostered an experimental literary culture which stretched the contours of well-known Victorian genres including the Bildungsroman, melodrama, and social-problem fiction. A new research project focuses on anti-imperialism in nineteenth-century British radicalism. At the Center for the Humanities, he will be working on the role of theater in working-class political movements of the Victorian era.
Sebastián Calderón Bentin
Department of Drama, Tisch
Project: States of Illusion: Performance, Media, and Politics in Contemporary Latin America
Sebastián Calderón Bentin is a theater artist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama at New York University. His research interests include performance theory, mass media, theories of the baroque and Latin American cultural studies. His writings have appeared in the journals TDR, Identities, and Istmo as well as book anthologies such as Neoliberalism and Global Theaters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Support Networks (University of Chicago Press, 2015). His current book project, The Politics of (Dis)illusion, explores the effects of new video technologies on the relationship between illusion and power in contemporary Latin American politics. He has been a visiting teacher at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, the Teatro de la Universidad Católica in Peru and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics where he is an Associate Faculty member.
Chanda Laine Carey
Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Art History, FAS
Project: Embodying the Sacred: Marina Abramović, Transcultural Aesthetics and the Global Geography of Art
Chanda Laine Carey is the Andrew W. Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities. Her research and focuses on the transcultural aesthetics of Contemporary art in global context, with an emphasis on artists whose practices reflect the diversity of transnational cultural geographies. She holds a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of California at San Diego, and MA in Theory and Criticism from Art Center College of Design, and a BA an Art History and Criticism from the University of California at San Diego. Chanda is a member of the Yale Bouchet Honor Society, and her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the European Science Foundation, the Max and Iris Stern International Symposia, and the Société Européene pour l’Astronomie dans la Culture.
Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch
Project: Cultural Crisis, Cultural Citizenship: The Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Toby Lee is an artist, anthropologist, and Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her research interests include visual and media anthropology, the anthropology of cultural institutions, cultural citizenship, expanded documentary, and cultures of surveillance and documentation. She works across video, installation, performance and drawing, and her work has been been exhibited at the Locarno Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. She has a PhD in Anthropology and Film & Visual Studies from Harvard University, where she was a member of the Sensory Ethnography Lab. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Film Study Center at Harvard University, and the Flaherty Film Seminar.
Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS
Project: Cultures of Aging in the Medieval Jewish Mediterranean
Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, is a historian of Jewish life and culture in the Islamic world, including the religious and intellectual intersections of Judaism and Islam. He is the author of a book on the Jewish-Sufi movement of thirteenth-century Egypt, entitled Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt: A Study of Abraham Maimonides and His Circle (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is currently working on a book on the experience and perception of aging in the medieval Jewish communities of the Mediterranean basin. Major topics the book explores include familial and communal support networks, divergent experiences of older men and women, physiological changes in light of medieval medicine, ethical and legal duties for the treatment of the old, and paradigms of aging in Jewish thought and Hebrew literature.
Project: Postmortem Effects: Theorizing (Beyond) Impasse
George Shulman teaches political theory and American Studies at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He has published three books, Radicalism and Reverence: The Political Thought of Gerrard Winstanley; American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Politics; and, with Romand Coles and Mark Reinhardt, Radicals Futures Past: Essays in Contemporary Political Thought. He has written extensively about the political theory canon, contemporary political thought, and political theology on the one hand, and about American literature and politics with a focus on issues of race.
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt
Project: Media Hot and Cold
Nicole Starosielski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. She is author of The Undersea Network (Duke University Press, 2015), which charts the development of transoceanic cable systems, beginning with the nineteenth century telegraph network and extending to today’s fiber-optic infrastructure. She is also co-editor of Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure (University of Illinois Press, 2015) and Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (Routledge, 2016). Her current project, Media Hot and Cold, traces the relationship between media technologies, embodied perception, and thermal conditions.
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt
Project: Architectures of Memory and Defense: American Empire and Post-9/11 Visual Culture
Marita Sturken is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she teaches courses in visual culture, cultural memory, and consumerism. Her current research focuses on the visual culture of empire in post-9/11 American culture, looking at the cultural memory of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in relation to the post-9/11 visuality of security, defense, detention, and drone wars. She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (1997), and Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, Third Edition forthcoming 2017), and Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (2007). She was the editor of American Quarterly from 2003-2006.
Department of English, FAS
Patrick Deer is Associate Professor of English. He is the author of Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire and Modern British Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; paperback, forthcoming fall 2015), and has published widely on war culture and war literature, modernism, and the novel, music and film. He is currently working on two book projects about twentieth and twenty-first century transatlantic literature and culture: Surge and Silence: Understanding America’s Cultures of War; and Deep England: Forging British Culture After Empire. He guest edited special issues of Social Text on The Ends of War (ST 91, Summer 2007) and co-edited Punk and Its Afterlives (ST 113, Fall 2013). He is co-organizer of NYU’s Cultures of War and the Post-War research collaborative, which was begun with Humanities Initiative support.
Cinema Studies, Tisch
Anna McCarthy, Professor of Cinema Studies in Tisch School of the Arts, is the author of two books–Ambient Television (2001), The Citizen Machine, (2010)–and co-editor of the 2004 anthology MediaSpace. for eight years she was a co-editor of the journal Social Text.
Her current research explores the digital commodity we commonly refer to as content. Content is the product of a casualized, high yield, piecework economy, and the content market has developed its own rules of supply and forms of value. To grasp them, McCarthy’s research combines the work of theory and the eye level analysis of a participant. This year she will also begin work on an account of media and religion in 20th century Ireland.
Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Charlton McIlwain (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2001) is an Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. His research focuses on the intersection of race, media and politics. In addition to continuing work on race and political campaigns, he currently studies the influence of digital media in contemporary racial justice activism. He is the co-author of the award winning book, Race Appeal (Temple, 2011), the Routledge Companion to Race & Ethnicity (Routledge, 2011), along with two additional books and numerous journal articles.
Department of History, FAS
Photography and Imaging, Tisch
Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University amd a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Willis received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book (with Barbara Krauthamer) “Envisioning Emancipation.” Other notable projects include “The Black Female Body A Photographic History,” “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present;” “Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present;” “Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs,” a NAACP Image Award Literature Winner, and “Black Venus 2010: They Called Her ‘Hottentot.’”
Associate Professor, Department of English, FAS
Jennifer Baker is associate professor of English, where she specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature and intellectual history. She is the author of Securing the Commonwealth: Debt, Speculation, and Writing in the Making of Early America, co-editor of a special issue of Early American Literature on “Economics and Early American Literature,” and board member of the Melville Society Cultural Project, which organizes archival research, visiting fellowships, programming, and lectures related to Herman Melville at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. She is currently at work on a book entitled “American Romanticism and the Victorian Concept of Life,” which examines works by Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Poe, Hawthorne and Dickinson as part of a general reconsideration of American Romanticism in relation to the life sciences.
Associate Arts Professor, Department of Photography & Imaging, TISCH
Wafaa Bilal is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a contemporary artist known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics. His area of research mainly focuses on dynamic encounters and their significance to life in our increasingly mediated world, the role of the artist who initiates a platform for encounters, viewer-participants who engage and co-author the narrative, as well as agency, viewership, and platforms for participation. He is the author of “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun,” about his life and the Domestic Tension project, a performance where Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun people could use to shoot him over the internet.
Professor, Department of Anthropology, FAS
Faye Ginsburg is David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology at NYU, where she also directs the Center for Media; Culture, and History; the Center for Religion and Media; and co-directs the NYU Council for the Study of Disability. An author/editor of four books, many articles, and prestigious awards including MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, she has a longstanding interest in understanding cultural activism, from her first book, the multiple-award winning Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community; to her two decades of work as a scholar, advocate, and curator of Indigenous media; to her current project, Disability, Personhood and the New Normal in 21st Century America, the focus of her work at the Humanities Initiative. With anthropologist Rayna Rapp, she has received support for this project from The Spencer Foundation, NYU’s Institute for Human Development and Social Change, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Collaborative Research Initiative (2014-16).
Alex P. Jassen is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Dr. Jassen holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. He is the author of Mediating the Divine: Prophecy and Revelation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2007), winner of the 2009 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Cambridge University Press, 2014), as well as many articles in leading journals. He is the co-editor of Scripture, Violence, and Textual Practice in Early Judaism and Christianity (Brill, 2010), and co-editor-in-chief of theJournal of Ancient Judaism (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). His work on religious violence has been recognized with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, FAS
Zachary Lockman is Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and of History. His main research and teaching field is the socioeconomic, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East, especially Palestine/Israel and Egypt. His most recent book is Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (Cambridge, 2004/2009). He is also the author of Comrades and Enemies: Arab and Jewish Workers in Palestine, 1906-1948 (California, 1996) and (with Joel Beinin) Workers on the Nile: Nationalism, Communism, Islam, and the Egyptian Working Class, 1882-1954 (Princeton, 1987). His current research explores the institutional and intellectual history of area studies as a component of American academic life and the (often unanticipated) consequences of that development, with particular focus on the origins and trajectory of Middle Eaststudies as an academic field.
Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, FAS
Prof. Robbins has published and carried out research on Cuban cinema, Walt Disney and Sergei Eisenstein, as well as on visual culture and war in the United States in 1898. His translations of essays by the Brazilian philosopher Marilena Chaui appear in the English-language anthology of her work Between Conformity and Resistance: Essays on Politics, Culture, and the State published by Palgrave Macmillan. His current book project traces the intellectual history of spirit possession and trance in Brazil and its relationship to different models of political subjectivity through an analysis of medical accounts of a 19th-century dancing mania, criminal cases related to the persecution of hypnotists, Brazilian theories of the trance-inducing effects of certain rhythms, and copyright cases involving texts authored by spirit mediums.
Professor, Department of English, FAS
Lytle Shaw is Professor of English. His books include Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (2006), The Moiré Effect (2012) and Fieldworks: From Place to Site in Postwar Poetics (2013). He is currently at work on two books: New Grounds for Dutch Landscape reframes the art of three seventeenth-century Dutch painters (van Goyen, Ruisdael and Hobbema) less as a mimetic project than as a literalist reenactment of the physical processes of Dutch land reclamation; Narrowcast: Poetry and Sonic Research is a site-specific account of recorded postwar American poetry focusing on its non-intentional and non-human dimensions. A collection of art essays is forthcoming as Specimen Box. Shaw is a contributing editor for Cabinet magazine.
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 Forum, Mechademia, Shingenjitsu, Journal of Pacific Asia, and Cultural Anthropology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
Toral Gajarawala is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She teaches courses on postcolonial studies, South Asian literatures, Anglophonism, and the novel. Her current research interests include literary movements; vernacular language politics; the translation of metaphor; and the various crises of realism. In 2011, Professor Gajarawala won the William Riley Parker Prize for best essay in the PMLA (May 2011), “Some Time between Revisionist and Revolutionary: Unreading History in Dalit Literature”.
Assistant Professor, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, FAS
“Our Native Antiquity”: Russian Modernists Imagine the Steppe
Michael Kunichika is Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies. At NYU he has taught courses on the Russian and Soviet avant-garde; the interrelations of art and literature; primitivism and the concept of Eurasianism. He was a contributor to the volume Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture, and has completed two interrelated articles on avant-garde cinematic ethnography and ecstatic space in the work of Dziga Vertov. As a Humanities Initiative Fellow, he examined the literary history of the Russian steppe, the last part of his book on the creation of an indigenous antiquity during the Russian modernist period. He is currently at work on a book examining the creation of an indigenous antiquity during the Russian modernist period.
Eugene Ostashevsky teaches Cultural Foundations at the Liberal Studies Program: in Florence for the past three semesters and in NYC normally. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford with a dissertation on the history of zero in the Renaissance but, since graduating in 2000, has shifted his academic focus to Russian avant-garde writing from the 1930s by the OBERIU group. His books include OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern UP, 2006), as well as several volumes of his own poetry, the most recent of which is The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008).
Professor Ostashevsky was the recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Translation Project, 2010.
Dana Polan is the author of 8 books in film and media and approximately 200 essays, reviews, and review-essays. These most recent works include an essay on Raymond Williams and Film publicized in Cinema Journal, an essay on Elena Zelayeta publicized in an anthology on approaches to TV studies, and an essay on the year 2009 published in the Rutgers anthology on American Cinema of the 2000s. One of his books, The Sopranos, was published in 2009 in Duke University Press’s new series, Spin-offs, on individual television shows. Another recent book in this series is on Julia Child’s The French Chef.
He is a former president of the Society for Cinema Studies, the professional society for film, and a former editor of its publication, Cinema Journal. He has a Doctorat d’Etat in Letters from the Sorbonne Nouvelle and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought from Stanford. He has been knighted by the French Ministry of Culture for contributions to cross-cultural exchange, and in 2003, he was selected as one of that year’s two Academy Foundation Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Martha Rust works in the literary-historical period of the Middle Ages, focusing on late-medieval manuscript culture: that network of beliefs and practices– devotional, pedagogical, economic, technological, agricultural, among others–that constituted the milieu of medieval book production and use. The broader interests she brings to her study of this field include the phenomenology of reading, picture theory, and cognitive linguistics. Her first book, Imaginary Worlds in Medieval Books: Exploring the Manuscript Matrix, demonstrates the interpretive power of conceptualizing the medieval manuscript as a virtual realm, one that is called forth by a reader’s engagement with a book’s play of picture and text. In her current book project, Item: Lists and the Poetics of Reckoning in Late Medieval England, Rust seeks to develop a theory of a written list as a device that functions within three signifying domains: the domains of words, of pictures, and of things.
Rust’s teaching is inspired by her fascination not only with medieval manuscript culture but also with its contemporary “new media” and “post-modern” analogues. Thus in addition to conventional essay writing, her classes often entail the use of collaborative writing environments such as wikis and blogs as well as experimentation with a variety of “marginal” genres that characterize medieval pages and web “pages” alike as collage, including the note, anecdote, proverb, commentary, and fragmentary or even found text.
She is a recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions Grant.
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu is an Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Her research focuses on the relationship between culture and economy, particularly the ways that these converge to produce new identities, labor formations, and social networks. She has explored this relationship in a variety of projects that consider how material structures, including commercial markets, state policies, and cultural geographies, shape seemingly immaterial productions, like art, fashion, and beauty. She is the author of The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion (Duke UP, December) and editor, with Mimi Thi Nguyen, of Alien Encounters: Popular Culture in Asian America (2007) and, with Alondra Nelson, of Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (2001).
Jerome Wakefield is University Professor, Professor of Social Work, and Professor of Psychiatry, and Affiliate Faculty in Bioethics and the Center for Ancient Studies, at New York University. He holds two doctorates, in Social Work and Philosophy, both from University of California at Berkeley, and has previously held faculty positions at University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. He writes primarily on the conceptual foundations of the mental health professions, especially the concept of mental disorder and the validity of psychiatric diagnostic criteria in distinguishing mental disorder from nondisordered forms of suffering.
Most recently, he is author with Allan Horwitz of The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder (Oxford, 2007), named the best psychology book of 2007 by the Association of Professional and Scholarly Publishers. He is currently on the Editorial Boards of Evolutionary Psychology, Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences (Pub. In Italian), and Clinical Social Work Journal.
Adina M. Yoffie is 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 last year 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.
HONORARY FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOW
Visiting Scholar, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt
“New Narratives in Digital Technologies”
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at Steinhardt-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 (2012, NYU Press; also available for open peer review online athttp://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/plannedobsolescence). She is a founding editor of MediaCommons (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org), and has published articles and notes in journals including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA,Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Thomas Augst is Associate Professor of English at NYU, where he teaches courses in American literature and culture. His work explores the social and material contexts of reading, writing, and speaking, seeking to understand how literary institutions and practices have shaped the moral life of modern liberalism. He is the author of The Clerk’s Tale: Young Men and Moral Life in 19th Century America (Chicago, 2003), and the co-editor of Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States (UMass, 2007). He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, and has received research fellowships from the NEH and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
Professor Augst is currently the Interim Faculty Director of the Humanities Initiative.
Kim Phillips-Fein is an Assistant Professor in the Gallatin School, where she teaches courses on 20th-century American political history with a focus on economic ideas and culture. Her first book, a history of the role played by business and economic thought in the modern conservative movement, will be published early in 2009 by W.W. Norton. It is titled Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan. Her work at the Humanities Initiative focused on the New York City financial crisis of the mid-1970s and its role in reshaping the city, as well as the part it played in the rightward shift of American politics during the decade. She has written for a wide range of publications, including The London Review of Books and The Nation.
Hala Halim is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her research focuses on cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, translation studies and postcolonial theory. Her latest project addresses nineteenth-century Arab texts that reflect critically on the encounter with European modernity. She has published articles on Alexandrian cosmopolitanism, as well as a translation of a novel by Mohamed El-Bisatie, Clamor of the Lake.
Laura Levine is an Associate Professor of Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts. Her first book, Men in Women’s Clothing: Anti-theatricality and Effeminization 1579-1643, explores anxieties about cross dressing on the Renaissance stage. She is currently at work on a book about anxieties about witchcraft and their relation to the form trials take. She has held grants from NEH, the Mary Ingraham Bunting foundation and the Folger Shakespeare Library. She teaches courses in Shakespeare, Theatre Studies and autobiographical performance.
Hasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, with a joint appointment in the departments of history and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and is the Director of the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History. Previously she was a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park. Professor Diner held a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Haifa in Israel, 1990-1991. She has been a Lilly Fellow at the Mary I. Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, in 1998 won election to membership in American Academy of Jewish Research and in 2004 to the Society of American Historians. She has also been a fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Research at Princeton University. She received her Ph.d. in History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her bachelor’s degree was awarded in 1968 from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s at the University of Chicago in 1970.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 Quarterly, American 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.