Wendy Laura Belcher is an assistant professor of comparative literature and African American studies, and Robert K. Root University Preceptor. She specializes in early African literature and how it has informed a global traffic in invention. Her books include Abyssinia’s Samuel Johnson: Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author (2012), Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success (2009), and Honey from the Lion: An African Journey (1988). Belcher is a recipient of the Fulbright US Scholar Research Award and has received national awards for her writing, including the Dick Goldensohn Grant for Innovative Journalism, the Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, and the PEN Society Martha Albrand Award. She is currently working on a translation of an early modern hagiography of an Ethiopian woman, an anthology of early African literature, and a book on the Queen of Sheba. Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles.
David Bellos is a professor of French and Italian and comparative literature, and director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. His current interests are in literary translation and the development of translation studies. He has also worked in 19th-century studies, modern and contemporary French writing, the history of the book, and film studies, and as a translator and biographer. Among his works are biographies of Georges Perec, Jacques Tati, and Romain Gary and translations of Perec, Balzac, and Albanian author Ismail Kadare. His most recent book, Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything (2011), takes a new look at many of the intellectual, historical, and social issues raised by the practice and theory of translation. He is currently working on the reception and adaptation of popular fiction in translation across the globe. Ph.D. University of Oxford.
John Borneman is a professor of anthropology at Princeton University and one of the founding editors of P-ROK: Princeton Report on Knowledge. He has conducted fieldwork in Germany, Central Europe, Lebanon, and Syria. His interests include the symbolic forms of political identification, the relation of the state to everyday life, forms of justice and accountability, and regime change. He has written widely on kinship, sexuality, nationality, and political form, with an ethnographic focus on Germany and Lebanon. A prolific author, his recent publications include Political Crime and the Memory of Loss (2011), Being There: The Fieldwork Encounter and the Making of Truth (with Abdellah Hammoudi, 2009), and The Case of Ariel Sharon and the Fate of Universal Jurisdiction (2004). At Princeton, Borneman teaches courses on culture and international order; the anthropology of memory; and money, sex, and cultural diversity. He is currently working on a project on the therapeutic and legal treatment of incest and the sexual abuse of children in Berlin, Germany. Ph.D. Harvard University.
Miguel Angel Centeno is a professor of sociology and international affairs who specializes in Latin American affairs. His project, Mapping Globalization, pursues leading-edge scholarship on the structures of international trade and the asymmetries of power and equality at play in the global economy. He is one of the principal organizers of the Princeton Network on State Building in the Developing World, an on-going international research cohort that aims to improve the comparative analysis of states and their development. In 2000, Centeno founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, an initiative based on the idea that academically gifted students from low-income families need more than financial aid to succeed at top-tier colleges and universities. A prolific author, his recent books include War and Society (2014), Republics of the Possible: Statemaking in the Iberian World (2013), Global Capitalism (2010), and Discrimination in an Unequal World (2010). Centeno was the founding director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Ph.D. Yale University.
Benjamin Elman is Gordon Wu ’58 Professor of Chinese Studies, and professor of East Asian studies and history. He works at the intersection of several fields including history, philosophy, literature, religion, economics, politics, and science. His ongoing interest is in rethinking how the history of East Asia has been told in the West as well as in China, Japan, and Korea. He is currently studying cultural interactions in East Asia during the 18th century, in particular the impact of Chinese classical learning, medicine, and natural studies on Tokugawa, Japan, and Choson, Korea. The editor, author, or coauthor of numerous publications, Elman’s recent books include Classicism, Examinations, and Cultural History (2010); A Cultural History of Modern Science in China (2009); and a textbook for world history, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World from the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present (2008). Elman has also been effective in building relationships between Princeton University and institutions in East Asia, and has taught extensively at Fudan University in Shanghai and the University of Tokyo. Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.
Constanze Güthenke is an associate professor of classics and Hellenic studies. Her research and teaching are in the field of reception studies—the study and implications of ancient texts and materials moving outside their own spatial, temporal, social, or cultural contexts from antiquity to the modern period. Her first book, Placing Modern Greece: The Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840 (2008), examines the effect of Greece as a modern national entity on its literary representations. Her current book project on German classical scholarship in the long 19th century examines the rhetorical strategies and guiding images used by classicists to describe and develop their scholarly practices. She has published on European classicism, philhellenism, and romanticism; the history of classical scholarship, philology, and the humanities in Greece, Germany, and the US; modern Greek literature; the biographical as a scientific parameter; and the relation between knowledge and affects. Ph.D. University of Oxford.
Michael Laffan is a professor in the Department of History. He studies the history of Southeast Asia, with a current focus on Islam, nationalism, Dutch colonialism, and orientalism. Laffan’s most recent book, The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past (2011), looks at the results of an engagement between Islamic reformers with intellectual links to Cairo and influential colonial scholars. His work in progress is an exploration of Indian Ocean mobilities and religious exchange in the 18th century. Ph.D. University of Sydney.
Alan Patten is a professor of politics. His research and teaching interests include the history of political thought and contemporary political philosophy. Patten’s books include, as coeditor with Will Kymlicka, Language Rights and Political Theory (2003), and as author, Hegel’s Idea of Freedom (1999). He recently completed a book manuscript, Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Cultural Rights. Patten’s articles include “Political Theory and Language Policy,” Political Theory (2001); “The Humanist Roots of Linguistic Nationalism,” History of Political Thought (2006); “The Most Natural State: Herder and Nationalism,” History of Political Thought (2010); and “Rethinking Culture: The Social Lineage Account,” American Political Science Review (2011). Ph.D. University of Oxford.