Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English, and a member of the associated faculty of the Department of Art and Archaeology. A poet and critic, she teaches the history of poetry and the philosophy of literature. Her most recent books of criticism are The Poet's Freedom: A Notebook on Making; Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, which won the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism in 2003 from Phi Beta Kappa and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2004; and The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics, a collection of her writings on contemporary art. Her most recent books of poetry are Red Rover,Columbarium, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle award, and The Forest. She also has translated or co-translated many works, including Milo De Angelis's Theme of Farewell and After Poems, Laudomia Bonanni's The Reprisal, Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini, Euripides' Andromache, the poetry and selected prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione, and selections in the recent Collected Poems of Marcel Proust. Her song cycle, "Songs for Adam," commissioned by the Chicago Symphony with music by the composer James Primosch, had its world premiere with baritone Brian Mulligan and the CSO, Sir Andrew Davis conducting, in October 2009. A former MacArthur Fellow, Professor Stewart has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and in the Spring of 2009 she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the Spring of 2014 she was a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and received as well Princeton's Behrman Award in the Humanities.
Mary Harper received her B.A. in French and German from the University of London (Westfield) and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dissertation on Gérard de Nerval and the nineteenth-century European "Voyage en Orient." Her current research projects include a study of the representations of natural history in the Description de l’Egypte; women's memoirs in early nineteenth-century France; law and narrative in mid nineteenth-century France; and the accounts of European travellers to the Middle East with particular focus on questions of gender, colonialism, and the interplay of ethnography and aesthetics. She has published articles on Gérard de Nerval's Voyage en Orient and "Temple d'Isis," Delacroix's "Femmes d'Alger," and nineteenth-century French literature and historiography. Her teaching at Princeton University has included courses on nineteenth-century European literature and culture, the modern French novel, and Orientalism.
Nijah Cunningham received his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and his B.A. in Communication and Faith, Peace, and Justice from Boston College, where he was a McNair Scholar. He comes to Princeton from a teaching position at Hunter College, CUNY. He specializes in African American and African diasporic literature and his fields of interest include black studies, performance studies, visual culture, gender and sexuality, and postcolonial criticism. Under the working title of “Quiet Dawn: Time, Aesthetics, and the Afterlives of Black Radicalism,” his current book project reconsiders the material legacies of the revolutionary past by exploring questions of embodied performance, temporality, and historiography within the context of the 1960s. The manuscript examines archival documents and a range of aesthetic forms that illuminate plural modes of action which strain against conventional notions of agency and freedom and, in turn, gesture towards worlds that could have been. He has published work in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism and The Studio Museum of Harlem exhibition catalogue, Fore. In collaboration with Erica James (Art History, Yale University) and David Scott (Anthropology, Columbia University), he has recently organized a symposium series called Caribbean Queer Visualities (CQV), which brings Caribbean artists and critics in conversation around the question of queerness as it relates to visual art practice. At Princeton, he will offer courses on black aesthetics, history and catastrophe, and fictions of black urban life. In addition to being affiliated with the Department of African American Studies and the Department of English, he will serve as a faculty fellow at Mathey College. He is currently the Project Coordinator of The Small Axe Project.
Stefan Eich’s research and teaching interests are rooted in political theory and the history of political thought, in particular their relation to the politics of the economy. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and holds an M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge as well as a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. During his doctoral research he received Yale’s Ardon L. Judd Fellowship, was a Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and continues to be affiliated with the Centre for Law, Economics and Society at University College London, where he is a principal investigator for the research initiative on digital currencies. Eich’s book manuscript in progress, entitled The Currency of Justice: Money and Political Thought, recovers debates about money as a central political institution by studying five moments of monetary politics and their imprint in the history of political thought. He is currently extending this research by working on John Locke’s influential political theory of depoliticized money and the relation between money and speech. Besides his interests in the politics of money, he will use his time at Princeton to pursue two additional projects. The first is a book on John Maynard Keynes’s political thought based on his extensive political writings and his engagement with the history of economic and political thought. The second project is a monograph on eighteenth-century discussions of economic growth, environmental limits, and political temporality – ranging from Rousseau to Malthus – that pivot around questions of how to maintain a stable commercial society prior to the carbon revolution’s circumvention of diminishing returns to land. At Princeton, Eich will be affiliated with the Department of Politics, where he will offer seminars on the politics of money and lecture on the history of political thought. He will also teach in the course sequence “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture” (HUM 216-219), and serve as a Faculty Fellow at Whitman College.
Grace Helton explores questions at the boundary of philosophy and psychology. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from New York University and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In her doctoral dissertation, she drew on both empirical and theoretical considerations to develop an account of the differences between perception and cognition. Relying on this account, she further argued that we sometimes visually perceive the intentions of others. This work was supported by a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship and an NYU Global Research Fellowship. In her next phase of research, she will consider whether perceptual experiences can be influenced by social prejudices, such as racist and sexist biases. Before joining Princeton, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Antwerp’s Centre for Philosophical Psychology, where she investigated connections between mental imagery, perception, and cognition. At Princeton, she will be affiliated with both the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Cognitive Science.
Monica Huerta received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.A. in History from Princeton University and a B.A. in History & Literature from Harvard University. She was most recently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University, where she was housed in the Program in Women’s Studies and taught a course on the historical memory of American slavery. She has also taught courses at Rutgers University, Pace University, and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico. During her doctoral course of study, she was awarded both pre-doctoral and dissertation fellowships from the Ford Foundation, a dissertation award from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, visiting fellowships from the New York Public Library and the Hispanic Cultural Center, as well as travel & research grants from the Mellon Foundation and the University of California. She is also a proud Mellon-Mays Fellow. Her research focuses on notions of expression and its relationship to identity in literature, law, and science, especially as they revolve around photography and involuntariness in the nineteenth-century study and representation of facial expressions of emotion. As a fellow at Princeton she will continue work on her first book, The Evidence of Things Unseen: Involuntary Expressions and the Making of Modern Personhood. In addition to being affiliated with the English Department, she will serve as a faculty fellow at Wilson College. At Princeton this fall she will teach an introductory course to Latino literature emphasizing the transnational, multi-racial networks that influence the works of literature we term “Latino.” Her work has appeared in J19: The Journal for Nineteenth-Century Americanists and American Literature.
Chloë Kitzinger completed her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. She also holds an MA in Russian from Middlebury College and a BA in Philosophy from Yale University. Her research and teaching interests center on the Russian and European novel, literary theory, and intersections between philosophy and literature. Her dissertation “Illusion and Instrument: Problems of Mimetic Characterization in Dostoevsky and Tolstoy” offered an account of the creation of lifelike novelistic characters, based on close readings of three Russian realist novels. Her first book manuscript, which she plans to complete at Princeton under the provisional title Mimetic Lives, will expand her discussion of Tolstoy’s and Dostoevsky’s novels as uniquely rich ground for addressing two basic but underexplored questions: how is the impression of autonomously “living” characters created, distributed, and sustained throughout a novel, and what are the outer limits of this illusion’s power to educate or transform a novel’s readers? She also plans to begin work on a second book project about ways in which Russian Symbolist literary criticism, particularly the writings of Dmitri Merezhkovsky, shaped the early theory of the novel in twentieth-century Europe. At Berkeley she taught Russian and European literature, Russian language, and academic writing. At Princeton she will offer courses cross-listed in Slavic and the Program in Humanistic Studies, and lecture in the spring semester of the year-long “Approaches to Western Culture” course.
Alessandro Giammei, Maria Paula Saffon Sanin, Johan Samsing, Susan Stewart (Director), Alexander Harper, Alberto Rigolio
Alessandro Giammei received his Perfezionamento (PhD) in Italian Literature from Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, completed his Laurea and Laurea Magistrale studies at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and taught at NYU as a Visiting Scholar Researcher. His published articles address topics such as the interactions between verbal and iconic codes in both classicist and experimental texts, avantgarde and neo-avantgarde writing, the appropriation of early-modern cultural objects in 20th century literature and art, and the work of Italian poets that have been marginalized because of their peripherality, their gender, their infirmity, their ideology. Alessandro’s first book, Nell’officina del nonsense di Toti Scialoja: Topi, toponimi, tropi, cronotopi, was fully sponsored by a grant from Fondazione Toti Scialoja, and won the Harvard edition of the Edinburgh Gadda Prize in 2015. As a fellow at Princeton, Alessandro will complete his current book project A Poet in Marble, which is based on his doctoral thesis. The work shows how the multimedia legacy of Orlando Furioso — the most influential book of the Italian Renaissance and a model of ‘interdisciplinarity’ avant-la-lettre — intersects with the major aesthetic and literary experiences that define twentieth-century Italy as it moved through colonialism, totalitarianism, two world wars, and through highly visible vanguard artistic movements. While at Princeton, Alessandro will be affiliated with the Department of French and Italian, teaching courses on both Renaissance and modern Italian literature and art, and he will also take part in the Prison Teaching Initiative.
Alexander Harper specializes in social and economic histories of art, architecture, and urbanism during the later Middle Ages, particularly in southern Italy. He holds a PhD from the Department of Art at the University of Toronto and a BA in Medieval Studies and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. He most recently was a postdoctoral fellow in Italian Studies at Bryn Mawr College. His doctoral dissertation, which was awarded fellowships and grants from the University of Toronto, the Fulbright Commission, and the Medieval Academy of America, examined the early fourteenth-century architecture, art, and urbanism of Lucera in Apulia (southern Italy), a former Muslim colony rebuilt and re-Christianized during the first half of the fourteenth century after its destruction in 1300. That work emphasized the growth of Angevin cities as social and historical phenomena and most fundamentally examined how the emergence of a centralized Angevin crown affected architectural production and the dissemination of artistic styles throughout the southern Italian Kingdom of Naples. At Princeton, Alex will complete his first book, tentatively titled Angevin New Towns: Studies in Medieval Colonialism, an architectural, urban, and institutional history of seven new urban projects initiated by the Angevin Kings of Naples from the second half of the thirteenth century through the first quarter of the fourteenth century. In addition, he will complete projects on the structure of the medieval construction worksite at Manfredonia in Southern Italy, and the value of vernacular architecture in medieval architectural studies, and begin work on Angevin “colonial” architecture outside of the Italian peninsula. At Princeton he holds the Link-Cotsen Fellowship and is affiliated with the Department of Art and Archaeology. In the academic year 2016-17, he will be teaching a Freshman Seminar, "Pilgrimage Art, Architecture, and Experience," and in the spring a 300-level course on "Gothic Architecture." Recent publications are listed here.
Alberto Rigolio holds a BA in Classics from UCSC Milan, and an M.Phil. in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and a D.Phil. in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford. His work focuses on the transmission of Greek literature into Syriac and into Arabic during the Late Antique and Byzantine period. In his dissertation he argued that the Syriac translations of Plutarch, Lucian, and Themistius provide insight into the developments of higher education during Late Antiquity, and call for a reassessment of inherited views on ʽmonasticʼ and ʽscholasticʼ education. He is endlessly fascinated by the uses (and misuses) of classical authors during Late Antiquity, and, being generally unsatisfied with too narrow subject boundaries, finds a continuous source of interest in intercultural and interlinguistic interactions throughout Antiquity. He has also worked on the Syriac and Arabic translations of Aristotle, and on Christian literature in dialogue form composed in Greek, Latin, and Syriac. His postdoctoral project addresses the bewildering career of possibly the most influential statesman of the fourth century AD, Themistius, a teacher of rhetoric and philosophy who, albeit pagan, was active at the court of four Christian emperors. Before moving to Princeton, Alberto taught Greek and Latin languages and literatures as a College Lecturer at Oxford, mostly St. Johnʼs and Merton Colleges; he has carried out research as a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington DC, and at the Fondation Hardt in Geneva; and he has studied spoken classical Syriac at the Monastery of Mor Gabriel in Turkey. In the academic year 2016-17 he is lecturing in the team-taught course “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture” (HUM 216-219), and in the spring, teaching his own course on religions in the Roman Empire. He is also a Faculty Fellow at Mathey College. A list of publications can be found here.
Maria Paula Saffon Sanín earned her Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of the school of law of Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. Her fields of specialization are comparative politics and political theory, with an emphasis on the political history of Latin America. Her research interests include the history of institutions, land politics, ethnic and peasant groups, contentious politics and social movements, democracy, constitutional and human rights law, and transitional justice. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications on these subjects, including the article “Procedural Democracy: the Bulkwark of Equal Freedom”(with Nadia Urbinati), which appeared in Political Theory, and the book Distributive Justice in Transitions (co-edited with M. Bergsmo, P. Kalmanovitz and C. Rodriguez). At Princeton, she will transform her dissertation into a book. Entitled When Theft Becomes Grievance, the dissertation develops a historical-institutionalist theory of the conditions under which land redistribution is demanded from below. She argues that claims for land redistribution are more likely to emerge in places where prior dispossessions (or land theft) occurred at a significant level, as a result of exogenous shocks that increase the value of land. She also argues that the type of legal rights attacked by dispossessions define the trajectories of rural conflict and agrarian reform in different countries. She applies the theory through an analysis of the impact of dispossessions during Latin America’s first export boom (1870-1920s) on rural political contestation in the mid-20th century (1920s-60s). She offers an in-depth study of the different historical trajectories followed by Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. The study combines qualitative analysis based on historical and secondary literature with GIS geo-referencing and basic quantitative analyses of unexplored archival data. At Princeton this fall she will teach a lecture course, “Latin American Politics” (POL 367), and in the spring a seminar entitled “Latin American Politics From Below.”
Johan Samsing comes to Princeton from Denmark where he was awarded a PhD in Astrophysics from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. In his PhD thesis, entitled "Dynamics of Stars, Dark Matter and the Universe," he studied a variety of phenomena where gravity plays a central role. One of his key results was the discovery of how three gravitationally-bound compact stars, known as neutron stars, can emit a special gravitational wave signal which can be used to test general relativity in new regimes. By studying the effect from a possible early dark energy contribution with collaborators from Berkeley, he also made some of the first model-independent constraints on the expansion history of our universe just after the Big Bang. During his first year at Princeton, Johan will explore the dynamics of multi-stellar systems, including effects from general relativity and tidal forces, to understand the rate of stellar collisions. Such collisions could play a role in the formation of giant stars and black holes. He is also interested in exo-planets, and has recently developed a new method he is now using to search for exo-planets with rings and asteroid belts. At Princeton he is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, supported by the NASA Einstein and the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Fellowships. While at Princeton he will co-organize the Undergraduate Summer Research Program in the Department of Astrophysics as well as advise student research projects.
Andrew Hamilton, Susan Stewart (Director), David Minto, Eric Huntington. Mira Siegelberg, Sara Pursley
Andrew Hamilton received his PhD and M.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and his B.A. in the History of Art from Yale University. He was most recently a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale at the Collège de France. During his doctoral research, he was awarded fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays, Dumbarton Oaks, the Sainsbury Research Unit, and the Musée du Quai Branly. His research focuses on scale and its expressive capacity in art, particularly in the material culture and built environments of the Inca civilization and the Pre-Columbian Andes. As a fellow at Princeton he will complete his first book Scale and the Incas, based on his doctoral thesis, and a second monograph on the Dumbarton Oaks Tunic—a masterpiece of royal Inca weaving in the Dumbarton Oaks collection. While at Princeton, he will be affiliated with the Department of Art and Archaeology, teaching courses on Pre-Columbian Andean art and seminars exploring art and scale. He will also be associated with the Program for Latin American Studies.
Eric Huntington specializes in the relationships between visual arts, ritual, and philosophy in the Buddhist traditions of Tibet, Nepal, and India. He holds a PhD from the department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, as well as degrees in religious studies, fine arts, and philosophy. His current book project examines depictions of the cosmos in the literature, art, and rituals of India, Nepal, and Tibet, revealing ways in which cosmology has been an underappreciated foundation for many aspects of Buddhist culture. The project is explicitly framed to transcend boundaries between the academic disciplines of religious studies, area studies, and art history. Huntington also publishes on other topics involving religion, art, and material culture, including Buddhist architecture and illustrated ritual manuals. Prior to his appointment at Princeton, he served as the Mellon/Korff Postdoctoral Fellow in South Asian Art at Washington University in Saint Louis and the Saint Louis Art Museum, where he curated the exhibition Facets of the Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art. In Spring of 2017, he will teach a course, Creating the Universe, about the role of cosmology in Buddhist ritual and art.
David Minto completed his Ph.D. in History at Yale University in 2014. An interdisciplinary scholar, he also holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an M.A. in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck, University of London. David’s work focuses on the intersection of sexuality—that most intimate of human domains—and geopolitical processes and formations. At Princeton he is currently revising his dissertation manuscript for publication under the title of Special Relationships: Transnational Homophile Activism and Anglo-American Sexual Politics. The project examines the affective and strategic dimensions of cross-border gay activist connections in the decades following World War II, exploring the transatlantic nature of a movement nevertheless subject to territorial strictures. Putting the “special relationships” of homophiles in dynamic tension with the “special relationship” of postwar Anglo-American exchange, it charts an “Intimate Atlantic” around which ideas, texts, and people—often marginalized in their home cultures—insistently circulated with significant local and international effects. David’s research has previously appeared in British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives (edited by Brian Lewis) and he has presented at numerous conferences, including collectively with Yale’s Working Group on Globalization and Culture. This group helped to inspire a second book-length project he is pursuing on sexuality, spies, and domestic and imperial surveillance. At Princeton he will hold the Fund For Reunion-Cotsen Fellowship in LGBT Studies; he is also the Resident Faculty Fellow at Butler College. In Spring 2015 he will teach a course on Queer Utopias.
Current Faculty Fellows
Yelena Baraz specializes in Latin literature, Roman cultural history, and history of ideas. She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2004. In 2004-2005 she held the APA-NEH postdoctoral fellowship at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. She taught at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, before coming to Princeton in 2007, where she currently holds the Jonathan Edwards Bicentennial Preceptorship. She is interested in how literary texts shape, and are in turn shaped by, social and cultural forces. Her first book, entitled A Written Republic: The Cultural Politics of Cicero's Philosophy, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. It locates the body of philosophical work Cicero produced in the 40s BCE under Caesar's dictatorship in its historical and cultural context, investigating writing philosophy as a cultural act. She has co-edited, with C. van den Berg, a special issue of AJP on intertextuality (134:2013). She has written articles on Pliny, Vergil, and both Senecas, and has contributed lexicographical articles to the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae: her particular favorites are the adjective popularis and the exclamation pol. She is now working on a book that explores various aspects of pride and related concepts in Roman society across periods and genres. She has also become very interested in post-Vergilian pastoral, especially Calpurnius Siculus, and expects to turn to that next.
David A. Bell is a historian of early modern France, whose particular interest is the political culture of the Old Regime and the French Revolution. He attended graduate school at Princeton, where he worked with Robert Darnton, and received his Ph.D. in 1991. From 1990 to 1996 he taught at Yale, and from 1996 to 2010 at Johns Hopkins, where he held the Andrew W. Mellon chair in the Humanities, and served as Dean of Faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2010. Bell has written three books. Lawyers and Citizens (Oxford University Press, 1994) examined the politicization of the French legal profession in the eighteenth century, showing how spaces for radical criticism of the French monarchy first opened up within the structure of the French state itself. The Cult of the Nation in France (Harvard University Press, 2001) argued that nationalism, as opposed to national sentiment, was a novelty of the French Revolutionary period, and that it arose both out of, and in reaction to, Christianity. The First Total War (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), is a general study of the political culture of war in Europe between 1750 and 1815, which showed how an aristocratic culture of limited warfare gave way to a world in which total war was possible-and in which, between 1792 and 1815, it actually took place. His major current project is a comparative and transnational history provisionally entitled Men on Horseback: Militarism and Charismatic Authority in the Age of Democratic Revolutions. In addition to his research and teaching, Bell writes frequently for a range of general-interest publications, particularly The New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He is committed to the proposition that serious history can be readable, enjoyable, and accessible to an interested general public.
Isabelle Clark-Decès’s research interests are in South Asia, with a research focus on the Tamils of South India. Her first three books focus on Tamil ritual and the series of conceptual, existential, theoretical issues it opens up: Religion Against the Self: An Ethnography of Tamil Rituals (as Isabelle Nabokov); No One Cries for the Dead: Tamil Dirges, Rowdy Songs and Graveyard Petitions; and The Encounter Never Ends: a Return to the Field of Tamil Rituals. She has edited a volume of essays that explore how ongoing discussion about the nature and effects of modernity and globalization is reshaping the anthropological study of India (A Companion to the Anthropology of India). Her ethnography of marriages to close kin in Tamil Nadu seeks to make a contribution to the anthropological interpretation of kinship and social change (The "Right" Spouse: Preferential Marriages in Tamil Nadu). Currently she is looking at the processes of growing up in the Indian state of Karnataka as well as planning a new research on individual and social being in South India. She teaches courses on India, ritual, kinship, anthropological theory and ethnography and directs the Program in South Asian Studies.
Bradin Cormack (Ph.D. Stanford University) studies early modern and Renaissance literature, with a focus on poetry and drama as they relate to law, the bookish disciplines, and intellectual culture more generally. His first book, A Power to Do Justice (Chicago, 2007), considers how writers including Skelton, Wyatt, More, Spenser, and Shakespeare addressed the principle and practice of jurisdiction at a time when the central law courts were consolidating the common law’s institutional identity in relation to the state and its subjects. With Richard Strier and Martha Nussbaum, he has recently edited Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation among Disciplines and Professions (Chicago, 2013); and with Leonard Barkan and Sean Keilen, he edited The Forms of Renaissance Thought (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Cormack’s interest in the material history of the book is reflected in the analytic catalogue Book Use, Book Theory, 1500–1700 (University of Chicago Library, 2005), co-authored with Carla Mazzio. Most recently, Cormack has been writing on the philosophical dimensions of early modern poetry and drama. A new book, Shakespeare’s Substance: Being in the Sonnets, places the 1609 Quarto of Shakespeare’s sonnets in the grammatical and logical culture of the late sixteenth century so as to read the poems as experiments in erotic philosophy at the boundary of ethics and ontology. Related work includes an afterword on lyric desire in the reissue of Thom Gunn’s edition of The Selected Poems of Fulke Greville (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Cormack is also writing a short book on Shakespeare and Law, towards which he has published essays on the shape of legal possession and legal sovereignty in Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare, and Law and Humanities. With Lorna Hutson, he is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500–1700, expected from Oxford UP in 2016. In addition to a range of courses on Renaissance literature, he teaches on Utopianism, poetry and poetics, and media studies.
Simon Gikandi is Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and editor of PMLA, the official journal of the Modern Languages Association (MLA). He was born in Kenya and graduated with a B.A [First Class Honors] in Literature from the University of Nairobi. He was a British Council Scholar at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from which he graduated with a M.Litt. in English Studies. He has a Ph.D in English from Northwestern University. His major Fields of Research and Teaching are the Anglophone Literatures and Cultures of Africa, India, the Caribbean, and Postcolonial Britain, the “Black” Atlantic and the African Diaspora. He is also interested in the encounter between European and African languages in the modern period, literature and human rights, and writing and cultural politics. He is the author of many books and articles including Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature, Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism, and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Publication for 2004, and co-author of The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945. He is the co-editor of The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature and the editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of African Literature. His book, Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton University Press, 2011) has won many major awards, including the Melbern Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University; the Melville Herskovits Award for the most important scholarly work in African studies; and the James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding scholarly work by a member of the Modern Languages Association. He is currently working on This Thing Called English: The Colonized and their Books, the Novel from Below, and The Atlantic Crypt: the African in the Archive of Slavery.
Hendrik Hartog is the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty and the director of Princeton University’s Program in American Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Brandeis University (1982), a J.D. from the New York University School of Law (1973), and an A.B. from Carleton College (1970). Before coming to Princeton, he taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School (1982-92) and at the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law (1977-82). Hartog has spent his scholarly life working in the social history of American law, obsessed with the difficulties and opportunities that come with studying how broad political and cultural themes have been expressed in ordinary legal conflicts. He has worked in a variety of areas of American legal history: on the history of city life, on the history of constitutional rights claims, on the history of marriage, and on the historiography of legal change. He is the author of Public Property and Private Power: the Corporation of the City of New York in American Law, 1730-1870 (1983), Man and Wife in America: a History (2000), and Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age (2012). He is the editor of Law in the American Revolution and the Revolution in the Law (1981) and the coeditor of Law in Culture and Culture in Law (2000) and American Public Life and the Historical Imagination (2003). He has been awarded a variety of national fellowships and lectureships, and for a decade he coedited Studies in Legal History, the book series of the American Society for Legal History. He is affiliated with Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs and with the Program in American Studies.
Wendy Heller, Professor of Music and Director of the Program in Italian Studies at Princeton University, is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the field of Baroque music. Specializing in the study of baroque opera with emphasis on the music of Monteverdi, Cavalli, and Handel, Heller is the author of Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women’s Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice, which was named a finalist for the Otto Kinkeldey Prize from the American Musicological Society and was also a winner of the annual book prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Heller’s commitment to the study of opera from interdisciplinary perspectives has earned her numerous fellowships and prizes from such organizations as the ACLS, the Mellon Foundation, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Winner of the Rome Prize, Heller has also been a been a Mellon Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Columbia University, an appointee at the Villa I Tatti Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies (as winner of the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars), and was also the Sylvan C. and Pamela Coleman Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Heller’s work for students and general readers includes Music in the Baroque and its companion volume Anthology of Music in the Baroque, part of the innovative new series Western Music in Context: A Norton History (W. W. Norton, 2013). Known for her engaging lecture style, Heller has spoken recently for such organizations as Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, Boston Early Music Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Portland Art Museum (Oregon), and the Drottningholm Palace Theater in Stockholm. Having trained as a singer at New England Conservatory before receiving her PhD in musicology from Brandeis University, Heller maintains a strong interest in performance. At Princeton she has been a driving force in the baroque operas at Princeton, and served as dramaturg for Princeton Univeristy Opera Theater’s 2014 production Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. As Director of the Program in Italian Studies and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Handel Society, Heller has organized numerous conferences and projects that promote collaborations between scholars and performers, such as the 2013 American Handel Festival at Princeton. Her current projects include critical editions of Handel's Admeto and Cavalli's Veremonda L' Amazzone d'Aragona, and a study of antiquity in early opera entitled Animating Ovid: Opera and the Metamorphoses of Antiquity in Early Modern Italy.
AnneMarie Luijendijk joined the Princeton faculty in 2006 after receiving her doctorate from Harvard Divinity School. At Princeton she is the Melancthon W. Jacobus University Preceptor in Religion (2009-2012). A scholar of New Testament and Early Christianity and a papyrologist, Luijendijk is interested in the social history of early Christianity, using both literary texts and documentary sources. Her book Greetings in the Lord: Early Christians and the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (Harvard University Press, 2008) investigates papyrus letters and documents pertaining to Christians in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus in the pre-Constantinian period. Her next book, Forbidden Oracles entails a previously unknown 5th- or 6th-century Coptic manuscript entitled "The Gospel of the Lots of Mary" that contains Christian oracular answers. She also works on a book on the Gospel of Thomas in Late Antiquity, and more generally on Christian manuscripts, the development of the New Testament canon, and material culture. Luijendijk specialized in New Testament at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and received her doctorate from Harvard University, The Divinity School, in 2005. She won an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for the 2008-2009 academic year and was the Melancthon W. Jacobus University Preceptor in Religion for 2009-2012.
Ex Officio members
Kathleen Crown, Executive Director of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, received her Ph.D. in Literatures in English at Rutgers University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Louisiana State University. A scholar, poet, and administrator, her research focuses on testimonial literature and contemporary poetry, and she has devoted particular attention to the place of poetry in the public sphere, with essays published in Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, Women's Studies, and many other journals and edited collections. Before coming to Princeton she held a position as Assistant Professor at Kalamazoo College, Michigan, where she taught American literature, 20th-century poetry and poetics, and creative writing. She has also taught at Rutgers University and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, as well as in Princeton's Writing Program, where her seminars have included "The Politics of Personal Narrative" and "Poetry and the Public Sphere." She has also taught courses that engage students in community-based service projects. Before coming to the Council, she was for ten years a director of studies in Princeton's residential colleges, where she was responsible for advising undergraduates about the curriculum and developing programs focused on the arts and humanities, including the Mathey Writers Studio, the Firestone Society, and the Edwards Collective, a new residential option for students interested in the creative arts and humanities. Among other awards, she was the recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship and a Stanley Seeger Fellowship for research in Greece.
Eric Gregory joined the Department of Religion in 2001, and was promoted to Professor in 2009. He is the author of Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (University of Chicago Press, 2008), and articles in a variety of edited volumes and journals, including the Journal of Religious Ethics, Studies in Christian Ethics, and Augustinian Studies. His interests include religious and philosophical ethics, theology, political theory, law and religion, and the role of religion in public life. In 2007 he was awarded Princeton's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned an M.Phil. and Diploma in Theology from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and his doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has received fellowships from the Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame, the Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at New York University School of Law. Among his current projects is a book tentatively titled, What Do We Owe Strangers? Globalization and the Good Samaritan, which examines secular and religious perspectives on global justice.
Old Dominion Faculty Fellows in the Society of Fellows
This program offers faculty members the opportunity to spend a year of academic leave in the Humanities Council, pursuing research and participating in the Society of Fellows.
Thomas Hare earned his BA from Princeton in East Asian Studies, his PhD from the University of Michigan, and before coming to Princeton, taught at Stanford University. A specialist in Japanese literature through the eighteenth century as well as ancient Egyptian representational systems, he is the author of ReMembering Osiris: Number, Gender and the Word in Ancient Egyptian Representational Systems (1999). His most recent book, Zeami, Performance Notes (2008) won the Hôsei University Noh Drama Prize in memory of actor Kanze Hisao.
Emmanuel Kreike holds a Ph.D. in African history from Yale University (1996) and a Dr. of Science (PhD) in Tropical Forestry from the School of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University (2006), Netherlands. His research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of war/violence, population displacement, environment, and society. His publications include Re-Creating Eden: Land Use, Environment, and Society in Southern Angola and Northern Namibia (Heinemann, 2004), Deforestation and Reforestation in Namibia: The Global Consequences of Local Contradictions (Brill and Markus Wiener, 2010), and Environmental Infrastructure in African History: Examining the Myth of Natural Resources Management in Namibia (Cambridge, 2013). With William Chester Jordan he edited Corrupt Histories (University of Rochester Press, 2004).
Deborah Nord works on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with emphasis on the novel, painting, autobiography, writing about the city, gender, and social criticism. Her books have included studies of the Fabian socialist Beatrice Webb, urban investigation, and the representation of gypsies in British writing and myth. She has just completed a book with her colleague Maria DiBattista on women writers and public life, and is now working on the relationship between fiction and the visual arts in the Victorian period.
Michael Wachtel’s research focuses on Russian poetry and poetics from the eighteenth century to the present. He is especially interested in questions of literary interpretation, both how a poem communicates as an individual work of art and how it fits into a larger tradition (whether Russian or European). These concerns are reflected in Wachtel’s books The Development of Russian Verse (Cambridge, 1998) and The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Poetry (Cambridge, 2004). Two poets play an especially prominent role in Wachtel’s scholarship: Aleksandr Pushkin (1799–1837) and Viacheslav Ivanov (1866–1949). The former, widely acknowledged as Russia’s greatest writer, helped to create the modern literary language. Wachtel’s Commentary to Pushkin’s Lyric Poetry 1826–1836 (U. of Wisconsin Press, 2011) provides the biographical, literary, historical, and cultural background essential to understanding Pushkin’s achievement. Viacheslav Ivanov was one of the most significant figures in pre-revolutionary Russian culture, but his emigration to Italy in 1924 made him a persona non grata in the Soviet Union. Wachtel’s numerous books and articles have been part of a post-Soviet Ivanov renaissance. These include a monograph that traces Ivanov’s indebtedness to German writers (Russian Symbolism and Literary Tradition: Goethe, Novalis, and the Poetics of Vyacheslav Ivanov, U. of Wisconsin Press, 1994) as well as two books of correspondence gathered in archives in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Israel, and the USA.