Molly Greene studies the history of the Mediterranean Basin, the Ottoman Empire, and the Greek world. Her interests include the social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire, the experience of Greeks under Ottoman rule, Mediterranean piracy, and the institution of the market. After earning a B.A. in political science at Tufts University (1981), Professor Greene spent several years living in Greece and then completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton (1993), where she studied Ottoman history. Upon graduating she joined the Princeton faculty with a joint appointment in the History Department and the Program in Hellenic Studies. Her first book, A Shared World: Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2000), examines the transition from Venetian to Ottoman rule on the island of Crete, which the Ottomans conquered in 1669. Challenging the assumption of a radical rupture with the arrival of the Ottomans, Greene shows that the population of Crete had been drawn into the Ottoman world long before the conquest and that important continuities linked the Venetian and the Ottoman periods. Professor Greene's most recent book is Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants: A Maritime History of the Early Modern Mediterranean (Princeton Modern Greek Studies). Her current project is a history of the Greeks and the Greek world under Ottoman rule for a multi-volume series being published by Edinburgh University Press.
Director (on leave 2013-2014)
Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and also a member of the associated faculty of the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton. 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, forthcoming in November; 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. Her translation, Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini, appeared in 2009 with Princeton University Press. She also has translated Euripides' Andromache with Wesley Smith and the poetry and selected prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione with Brunella Antomarini. 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.
Mary Harper received her 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 women's memoirs in early nineteenth-century France; law and narrative in mid nineteenth-century France; and the accounts of nineteenth-century 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.
Larissa Brewer-Garcia, Tineke D'Haeseleer, Christophe Litwin, Susanna Berger, Molly Greene (Acting Director), Stefan Kamola, Jonny Thakkar
Susanna Berger is an art historian who specializes in the interrelations between visual art and intellectual history in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. She is preparing a book manuscript, titled Philosophy and Visual Representation in Early Modern Europe, that examines the central roles of visual art in the early stages of the scientific revolution. An expansion of her doctoral dissertation at the University of Cambridge, the book considers sixteenth- to eighteenth century prints and drawings that offered visual commentaries promoting the theories of Aristotle and his scholastic interpreters, as well as the ideas of thinkers who disputed the ancient philosopher's authority in the context of writings by art theorists and philosophers on cognition. Berger's articles are published and forthcoming in The Art Bulletin, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Word & Image, Intellectual History Review, Gutenberg-Jahrbuch, The British Art Journal, and elsewhere. During her doctoral studies she held a Samuel H. Kress Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., a Professional-Development Fellowship in Art History from the College Art Association, and a Junior Research Fellowship at St Anne's College, University of Oxford. She has been awarded a Frances A. Yates fellowship from the Warburg Institute and an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship from the Huntington Library, as well as research grants from the Renaissance Society of America and the Burlington Magazine Foundation. In 2013-2014, she will participate in the fall semester of the team-taught Humanistic Studies course Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture, and in the spring she will offer the freshman seminar Visual Art and the Representation of Knowledge.
Larissa Brewer-García holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests include colonial Latin American and early modern Caribbean cultural productions, representations of the African diaspora in the early modern Atlantic and Pacific, and notions of human differences and hierarchies in early modern visual and written texts. Her dissertation, "Beyond Babel: Translations of Blackness in Colonial Peru and New Granada," examines the influence of black interpreters and go-betweens in the creation and circulation of notions of blackness in texts from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Latin America. She has published articles in the Colonial Latin American Review and Cuadernos del Centro Interdisciplinario de Literatura Hispanoamericana, and she recently completed, with Barbara Fuchs and Aaron Ilika, The Abencerraje and "Ozmin and Daraja," a translation and critical introduction to two Spanish maurophile novellas (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). At Princeton, she teaches courses affiliated with Spanish and Portuguese, African American Studies, Comparative Literature, and Latin American Studies. After completing the Cotsen postdoctoral fellowship in Race and Ethnicity Studies at Princeton, she will join the faculty of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.
Tineke D'Haeseleer (Ph.D, University of Cambridge) is a historian of China, with a strong interest in foreign relations and cross-cultural contacts in the early middle ages in East Asia. She has taught classical Chinese and Chinese history at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Leiden. She is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her Ph.D. thesis, "Northeast Asia during the Tang Dynasty (618-907): Relations of the Tang court with Koguryŏ, Bohai and Youzhou-Yingzhou." In this book she aims to provide a new perspective on East Asian foreign relations, employing an adapted version of the concept of the "Galactic Polity" to explore the changing dynamics of the power balance in East Asia in the early medieval period. Her work explores the complexity of the decision-making process in foreign relations by taking into account the influence of domestic politics, and the historical memory of the various polities. The combined use of epigraphy, archaeology and transmitted historical sources in her Ph.D research has led to a second project: an investigation of the militarised provincial regimes in the second half of the Tang dynasty. This reflects D'Haeseleer's wider interests in the intersection of politics, economics and social organisation, and the balance between central government and local governance as a recurring theme in East Asian history. She will co-teach the courses East Asian Humanities I and II in the 2013-14 academic year.
Stefan Kamola completed an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (2007) and a Ph.D. in History (2013) at the University of Washington. His areas of research include late antique and medieval Persian history and historiography, pastoral nomadism, Islamic intellectual history, and empire studies, particularly concerning the Mongol Empire. His dissertation, "Rashīd al-Dīn and the making of history in Mongol Iran," traces practices of historical production in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century Middle East through the life and work of the period's most prominent statesman. At Princeton, he plans to publish several portions of his dissertations as articles, exploring how Rashīd al-Dīn deployed Turkic and Persian historical tradition to create a new narrative of the Mongol past. The remaining portions of the dissertation will become the basis for a monograph on ideas of sacred kingship between the Saljuq and Timurid periods (11-15th century). In the fall of 2013, Stefan will be part of the Humanities sequence teaching team; in the spring he will offer a seminar for senior history majors on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. He is also a Faculty Fellow at Wilson College.
Christophe Litwin holds a dual PhD in French Literature from New York University and in Philosophy from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He graduated from the Paris Ecole Normale Supérieure and completed an MA in German Philosophy at the Sorbonne, where he taught philosophy for four years. At NYU, he was a lecturer in French language and literature for five years. Last year, he coordinated the Humanities and Social Sciences Program at the Institut français in Paris. He is the author of numerous articles on Montaigne, Pascal, Rousseau and the Enlightenment published in Philosophie de Rousseau (2013); Bulletin de la Société des Amis de Montaigne (2012) and Eduquer selon la nature. - Seize études sur Emile de Rousseau, ( 2012). He is also the editor of Penser l'homme : treize études sur Jean-Jacques Rousseau, P. Manent & C. Habib (dir.), 2013. A member of the « Groupe Jean-Jacques Rousseau », he is working on a reedition and a commentary of Rousseau's manuscripts on Corsica and Poland. His current book project - based on his dissertation, entitled Genealogies of Self-Love: Montaigne, Pascal, Rousseau - is an inquiry into the passion of self-love and the quarrel over its interpretation that emerges after the Renaissance between the Augustinians and the Humanists. The book addresses the intertwined moral, political and aesthetic implications of this quarrel through the works of Montaigne, Pascal and Rousseau. Litwin's second book project focuses on Rousseau's critique of early utilitarian quantitative approaches to human pains and pleasures. The book hopes to show that the Enlightenment's failure to capture the core relationship between pain and subjectivity is central to the understanding of the Romantics' rejection of Voltaire's century.
Jonny Thakkar completed his PhD at the University of Chicago's Committee On Social Thought in 2013. His dissertation, "Can There Be Philosopher-Kings In A Liberal Polity? A Reinterpretation and Reappropriation of the Ideal Theory in Plato's Republic," showed that Plato can help us reconceive what it means to be an excellent citizen in a liberal democracy, despite himself being markedly illiberal and antidemocratic. This project had three stages: interpreting Plato correctly; seeing which parts of his theory could survive a transition to liberal democracy; and showing that what remained was both distinctive and compelling. The ambition was to provide an ideal that could serve as a standpoint for critiquing contemporary neoliberalism and hence to overcome the sterile opposition between ideal and non-ideal theory that has dominated much recent political philosophy. The dissertation will eventually find its way into a book, but the first step will be to publish some of the constituent research in specialist journals. At the University of Chicago, Thakkar won a division-wide competition for the (Mellon-funded) Hanna Holborn Gray three-year dissertation fellowship. He lectured extensively in the College Core program, teaching Classics of Social and Political Thought in the social sciences andHuman Being and Citizen in the humanities, as well as teaching a stand-alone course on Plato'sRepublic and serving as coordinator of a great-books major, Fundamentals: Issues & Texts. In 2009 he co-founded a twice-yearly journal, The Point, which aims to provide rigorous but accessible commentary on contemporary life and culture, and he continues to edit and write for it. One of his essays for the journal, "Hail Mary Time," was named as a "Notable Essay" inBest American Essays 2012, given a "Special Mention" in the Pushcart Prize 2013, and translated into Portuguese for the journal Forma da Vida; another, "Why Conservatives Should Read Marx," saw him interviewed on Australian public radio. At Princeton, Thakkar will coordinate and lecture in the two-semester sequence, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture: Antiquity to the Modern Period (HUM 216-219).
Molly Greene (Acting Director), Yulia Ryzhik, Matt McCarty, Kate Liszka, Dan Sheffield, Renee Hlozek
Renée Hlozek received her BSc degree in Mathematics from the University of Pretoria and her BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees from the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. She completed her DPhil in Astrophysics at Oxford University as a South African Rhodes Scholar. Her thesis, entitled "Probing the early universe and Dark Energy with multi-epoch cosmological data," used data from both the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Supernova Survey (SDSS-II SN) to constrain the current cosmological model. She uses small-scale measurements of the microwave sky to constrain the initial conditions in the universe, and to characterize the physics at an epoch roughly four hundred thousand years since the Big Bang. Her interest in novel statistical techniques led her to develop BEAMS, a Bayesian method for performing parameter estimation in the presence of contaminated cosmological data, which she applies to datasets such as the SDSS-II SN survey. She is currently the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics in the Astrophysics Department, where she works on a variety of cosmological and statistical problems, including preparing for the upcoming data from ACTPol, the polarization-sensitive follow-up to ACT. In addition to advising and supervising student research projects, she has co-organized the Undergraduate Summer Research Program in the Department of Astrophysics and also participates in the Prison Teaching Initiative in New Jersey. She was named one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for 2012, and is a 2013 TED Fellow.
Kate Liszka completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in Egyptology and Egyptian Archaeology. Liszka has also taught at Loyola University and Roosevelt University in Chicago, and for the last ten years, she has been a lecturer with the International Classroom at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Liszka's doctoral dissertation, upcoming book, and articles have focused on the question of an ancient Nubian people called the Medjay and an archaeological culture called the Pangrave people. She has grappled, moreover, with the question of how the Ancient Egyptian state incorporated different types of Nubians into their bureaucracy. While a fellow at Princeton, she will continue to work on these topics, examining how textual, artistic, and archaeological sources, as well as the intellectual backgrounds of researchers, influenced ancient expressions of ethnicity and scholarly perceptions of ancient ethnicity. Her future research at Princeton hopes to incorporate archaeological survey and excavation in Egypt through the study of the Pangrave archaeological culture, as well as to examine the concept of race as it has been applied in 19th and early 20th century Egyptian archaeology. At Princeton, she is teaching several courses on Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology as well as a class on the identity and ethnicity of "barbarians" in the ancient world.
Matthew M. McCarty (DPhil, Oxford) is a Classical archaeologist and ancient historian whose work focuses on the edges of the Roman Empire, ancient religion, and the relationships between material objects and knowledge. He is currently completing a monograph based on his dissertation, Empire and Worship in Roman Africa (Cambridge UP), which focuses on the agency of Roman hegemony in re-shaping fundamental premises about the gods, society, ritual, and personhood in the ancient Maghreb. McCarty's next book project, The Materiality of Religion in the Roman World, argues that because religious knowledge in the ancient world was not created and circulated by texts but instead by the manipulation of objects, images, and environments, a history of religion in the Roman world ought to start from the archaeological record. Using Mithraism and site-based case-studies, this book will attempt to write such a material-based history of Roman religion. His published articles and chapters cover a range of themes from the cognitive dimensions of ritual practice to the problems with using the concept of "heritage" to shape archaeological agendas in North Africa. Prior to joining the Society of Fellows, he served as a Lecturer in Ancient History at Worcester College (Oxford), Lecturer in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Warwick, and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Yale.
Yulia Ryzhik holds a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. Her dissertation, "Donne's Spenser: A Problem in Literary History," elucidates a hitherto unexamined relation between the poetry of John Donne (1572-1631) and that of his immediate predecessor, Edmund Spenser (1552-1599). This relation, at once antagonistic and emulative, provides the basis for a new, broader conception of the history of Renaissance poetics and the crucial transition from allegory to metaphor as the dominant instrument of poetic thinking. In this difficult transition, precipitated by the intellectual paradigm shifts of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, we can see the emerging terms of creative expression in the modern world. Ryzhik's graduate studies were supported by several fellowships, including the Mellon, Paul and Daisy Soros, and Whiting. She also spent a semester as a Reader at the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti (Florence, Italy). Her publications include "Books, Fans, and Mallarmé's Butterfly" (PMLA, May 2011) and "Chastening Pictures: Donne and Aretino" (Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, Olschki, 2013). At Princeton she will revise her dissertation for publication and begin research on a new book project on the culture of satire, anchored in the Renaissance (classical and continental influences on English satire; Shakespeare as a satirist), and examining the philosophical status of satirical hyperbole and the capacity of satire to generate reform. In 2013-2014 she will offer a course on 17th century English literature and will again join the faculty of the Humanistic Studies sequence for the second half of the course, covering material from the Renaissance to Modernity.
Daniel Sheffield holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, where he specialized in Iranian and Persian Studies. His dissertation charted the evolution of discursive practices by which Zoroastrians in Iran and India struggled to define their communal identity through constructions of the life of Zarathustra, the central figure of their religion. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cosmopolitan Zarathustras: Religion, Translation, and Prophethood in Iran and South Asia, which explores themes of orthodoxy, syncretism, vernacularization, and colonialism, and examines how Zoroastrian thinkers adopted cosmopolitan religious vocabularies from the Islamicate and Sanskritic literary traditions around them in order to create new discursive spaces for a world in which Zoroastrians were no longer a dominant political force. He is also preparing a critical edition and translation of an unpublished Zoroastrian Middle Persian textThe Book of Religious Judgments (Wizirgerd ī Dēnīg) for publication. Daniel's recent and forthcoming articles appear inThe Bulletin of the Asia Institute, On the Wonders of Land and Sea: Persianate Travel Writing (ed. Sharma and Micallef), and There's No Tapping Around Philology (ed. Korangy and Sheffield). In January 2013, he co-organized an international conference on Zoroastrian and Parsi Studies in Navsari, Gujarat (India), entitled Celebrating a Treasure: 140 Years at the First Dastoor Meherjirana Library. He is currently pursuing research on a second book project, tentatively entitled The Parsis and the Colonial Construction of Zoroastrianism. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he will offer a course on Timurid, Safavid, and Mughal history, as well as a seminar on religion and translation.
Hannah Freed-Thall holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California-Berkeley and specializes in modern French literature and theory. She has published articles in New Literary History, Modern Language Notes, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and in 2013, was awarded the Malcolm Bowie Prize for her article on Proust and fake diamonds ("'Prestige of a Momentary Diamond': Economies of Distinction in Proust"). Freed-Thall is currently completing a book about the afterlife of aesthetic beauty in twentieth-century France. The project, drawn from her dissertation research, identifies four experimental aesthetic concepts that spoil distinctions of taste: Marcel Proust's "quelconque" ("whatever"), Roland Barthes's "nuance," Francis Ponge's "profanation," and Nathalie Sarraute's "douceâtre" ("sickly sweet"). Other work in progress includes a study of the rhetoric of revulsion in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France, and articles on queer ecology, modernist speculation, and grunge aesthetics in contemporary poetry. At Princeton, she has lectured on topics ranging from Rabelais to nineteenth-century art for Humanistic Studies 217-218, a team-taught course which explores interdisciplinary approaches to Western Culture since the Renaissance. In the French department, she has taught seminars on emotion in modernity and on taste and disgust, and in Fall 2013 will offer a course on contemporary French thought. Freed-Thall is also the Resident Faculty Fellow of Whitman College.
Joel Lande completed his Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Chicago in the Department of Germanic Studies. He is currently completing a book manuscript with the tentative title "The Persistence of Folly: Comedy and the Fool in the Age of Enlightenment." This is the first book-length examination of the social, philosophical, and literary forces that transformed theatrical performance and comic literature in the German-speaking lands in the eighteenth century. Lande's current research is centered in the fields of German literary studies and theater history, but his interests and competencies reach into other areas of European literature, especially classical antiquity and its various receptions. He also maintains an active intellectual engagement with the European philosophical tradition and its contemporary Anglo-American interpretation. Lande has published articles in theDeutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte and in multiple collected volumes. The conference volume, Dynamische Figuren: Gestalten der Zeit im Barock, which he co-edited, appeared in 2013. In the course of his studies, Lande spent extended periods of time in Basel, Berlin, and Konstanz. His teaching experience includes courses at all levels of the curriculum in both German language and literature, among these a number of self-designed courses on drama in the Enlightenment period. At Princeton, Lande has coordinated and lectured in the two-semester sequence, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture: Antiquity to the Modern Period (HUM 216-219), and served as Resident Faculty Fellow of Forbes College.
Ellen Lockhart holds a PhD from Cornell University in Musicology. Her dissertation, "Moving Statues: The Rise and Fall of Pygmalion, 1770-1815," was the recipient of a Donald Jay Grout Memorial Prize; this research has been published in the form of articles in Eighteenth-Century Music and the Cambridge Opera Journal. Her critical edition of Donizetti's Betly was published by Ricordi in 2011, and she is currently reconstructing an early version of Puccini's La fanciulla del West for a 2014 performance conducted by Riccardo Chailly (with a complete critical edition to follow). Ellen recently completed a DAAD Fellowship on "Media (Theory), Performance (Theory), and Mise-en-Scene," led by David Levin at the University of Chicago. She studies opera of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly as it intersects with the history of science and epistemologies of the senses. She is currently at work on a book, provisionally titled Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830; and a volume of essays, co-edited with James Davies, following their conference Sound Knowledge: Music and Science in London, 1800-1850, at King's College London in October 2013. At Princeton, she teaches seminars and lectures on the history of opera, critical editing, and discourses of animation from Ovid to Disney. Ellen is an enthusiastic performer of chamber music, both on the viola and on the piano. She is also the Resident Faculty Fellow of Butler College at Princeton.
Tey Meadow holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. Her work examines the ways social institutions such as law, politics and the family respond to challenges to gender and sexual classifications. Her current book project, Raising Transgender: Being Male and Female in the 21st Century, won the Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Fellowship from the American Sociological Association for the best dissertation proposal in gender and sexualities. In it, she utilizes the responses of parents, physicians and educators to extreme gender atypicality in children to depict the rapid expansion of a cultural lexicon for gender over the last decade. Previous projects include a study of how U.S. courts cope with individuals who seek to alter their legal gender, and a comparative historical analysis of the law and politics of same sex marriage in South Africa and the United States. Tey's work has received support from the American Sociological Association, The Social Science Research Council, The Institute for Public Knowledge, and New York University. Tey maintains an active commitment to public sociology, holding a Bennett Fellowship at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, contributing to reports on LGBT youth for the National Institutes of Health and serving on the board of directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the Ettelbrick Project at the Stonewall Community Foundation. During the 2013-2014 academic year, she will debut a new course called Queer Citizenship, which seeks to interrogate the relationship between academic theory and community-based activism. In the summer of 2014, she will join the Department of Sociology and the Program in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University.
Current Faculty Fellows
Wendy Belcher specializes in medieval, early modern, and modern African literature. Her current research addresses the circulation of African thought in Europe and England before the nineteenth century. She works at the intersection of diaspora, postcolonial, and eighteenth century studies, theorizing transcultural intertextuality as a form of discursive possession in which African discourse animates representations in the English canon. These scholarly interests emerge from Professor Belcher's life experiences growing up in East and West Africa, where she became fascinated with the richness of Ghanaian and Ethiopian intellectual traditions. Her other research interests include race and gender in eighteenth century English literature; rhetorical indirection as a form of resistance in twentieth century African diasporic novels; prison literature; African manuscript cultures; African female saints; Ge`ez (Ethiopic) literature; third culture and immigrant memoir; and intellectual autobiography. Her teaching focuses on how non-Western literature has participated in a global traffic in invention, pairing texts across national and continental boundaries in order to debunk stereotypes of Africans as peoples without history, texts, or influence until the 1950s. Professor Belcher has published an award-winning memoir about Ghana, is co-editor of volumes on the Chicano personal essay and African politics and development, and has written for such media as the BBC, Salon.com, The Seattle Times, LA Weekly, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Ethiopian Review, Index on Censorship, and other. She spent 2010-2011 on a Fulbright in Ethiopia studying manuscripts about Ethiopian female saints. Her latest book, Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson: Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.
Miguel A Centeno is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the founding Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. From 1997-2004 he also served as Master of Wilson College at Princeton. He has published many books as author or editor including Democracy within Reason: Technocratic Revolution in Mexico (2nd. 1997),Blood and Debt: War and Statemaking in Latin America (2002), The Other Mirror: Grand Theory and Latin America (2000), Discrimination in an Unequal World (2010) and Global Capitalism (2010). He is currently working on several book projects including: Paper Leviathans: State Building in the Iberian World and War and Society, as well as an essay on the rise and fall of neoliberalism. Through the Mapping Globalization project, he has worked on improving the quantitative scholarship available on globalization. In 2000, he founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides intensive supplemental training for lower-income students in three local high schools. For this work, he was recently awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Bonner Foundation Award. From 1980 to 1985 he worked in advertising and private marketing consulting, dealing with the US Hispanic Market.
Rachel DeLue's area of specialization is the history of American art and visual culture, with particular focus on intersections between art and science and the history of African American art. She is the author of George Inness and the Science of Landscape (2004) and the co-editor, with James Elkins, ofLandscape Theory (2008). She has also published on the French painter Camille Pissarro, Spike Lee's Bamboozled, Darwin and the visual arts, and the relationship between art writing and medical diagnosis in America circa 1900. Her most recent publications include an essay on art and science in America and an essay on beauty and stereotype in the work of the contemporary artists Kara Walker and Michael Ray Charles. She is currently writing a book about the twentieth century American abstract painter Arthur Dove. In addition to presenting at domestic and international conferences and symposia, Professor DeLue has served as a consultant to various museums and collections, including the Terra Foundation. In June 2005 she was a faculty member for a Terra-sponsored professional development program for public high school teachers in Chicago, and in 2010 and 2011 she served as faculty for a similar program, on race in American history and culture, for New Jersey public school teachers sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Professor DeLue is affiliated faculty in the Center for African American Studies and is active in Princeton's American Studies Program. She will begin a three-year tenure as Reviews Editor for The Art Bulletin in 2012.
Constanze Guthuenke's research and teaching are in the field of Reception Studies, the study and the implications of ancient texts and materials moving outside their own spatial, temporal, social or cultural contexts, from antiquity to the modern period. She was trained both as a classicist (B.A. Cambridge, 1996) and a comparatist and modern linguist (M.Phil Cambridge, 1997; D.Phil, Oxford, 2002), with a special focus on the literatures and intellectual histories of Germany and Modern Greece. Her first book Placing Modern Greece. The Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840(Oxford University Press, 2008) examined the effect of Greece as a modern, national entity on its literary representations, arguing that Idealist readings of the Greek landscape were in a structural dialogue with Greece's material presence. Her current, second book project, Greek Lives. German Classical Scholarship and the Language of Attachment, 1790-1920, is on German classical scholarship in the long nineteenth century, asking about the rhetorical strategies and the guiding images used by classicists to describe and develop their scholarly practices. Guthuenke's interests in the history of scholarship and in reading scholarly writings as primary literature involve issues of Romantic aesthetics, translation, disciplinarity, nationalism, hermeneutics, philology, biography ancient and modern, and the history of emotions. Her publications include articles on European Philhellenism and Romanticism; the history of classical scholarship in Greece, Germany and America; Modern Greek literature from Solomos to Seferis; the biographical as a scientific parameter; and the relation between knowledge and affects. She is also an Associate Editor of the recently establishedClassical Receptions Journal, published by Oxford University Press.
Thomas Hare is William Sauter LaPorte '28 Professor in Regional Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature. He came to Princeton in 2001, having been an undergraduate here in the raucous '70s. He did graduate work at the University of Michigan (PhD, Far Eastern Languages and Literature, 1981) before moving to Stanford University where he worked in the Department of Asian Languages and, eventually, the Department of Comparative Literature. He works in Japanese drama and literature through the eighteenth century, Buddhism in Japanese cultural history, the music of Noh drama and ancient Egyptian literature and arts. His most recent book, Zeami, Performance Notes won the Kanze Hisao Memorial Prize in Noh Drama, awarded by Hosei University, in 2008.
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 ofPublic 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) andAmerican Public Life and the Historical Imagination (2003).
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.
Carolyn Rouse (www.uncertainsuffering.com) is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on why people accept systems of inequality. Her work on race and inequality examines the discourses and practices that are used to rationalize forms of suffering as well as to negate them. Rouse's fieldwork focuses on four domains; religion, medicine, education and development. Each of these domains provides different cultural strategies for social transformation. For African American Muslims, Qur'anic exegesis becomes a tool for negotiating within the ummah and for imagining new social and personal possibilities. In biomedicine, scientific authority and operationalized treatment protocols are used to legitimate suffering and to redirect health care resources. Education and development are tools for shaping the subjectivity and sociality of the poor. Rouse is the author of Engaged Surrender: African American Women and Islam (2004) andUncertain Suffering: Racial Health Care Disparities and Sickle Cell Disease (2009). She is finishing a co-written book entitledTelevised Redemption: The Media Production of Black Jews, Christians and Muslims. Her current book project, Development Hubris: Adventures Trying to Save the World, examines discourses of charity and development and is tied to her project building a school in a fishing village in Ghana. In addition to being an anthropologist, Rouse is also a filmmaker. She has produced, directed, and/or edited a number of documentaries including Chicks in White Satin (1994), a film about a lesbian wedding; and Purification to Prozac: Treating Mental Illness in Bali (1998).
Michael Wood , B.A., M.A., Ph.D 1957, 1961, 1962, Cambridge University. His research and teaching interests include Twentieth-Century Literature, Film, Literary Theory, History of Criticism. Selected publications: Stendhal (1971); America in the Movies (1975, 1989); The Magician's Doubts: Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction (1994); Children of Silence: on Contemporary Fiction (1998); The Road to Delphi: the Life and Afterlife of Oracles (2003); Literature and the Taste of Knowledge (2005) andYeats and Violence (2010).
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.
Gideon Rosen (Ph.D., Princeton, 1992) joined the faculty in 1993, having taught previously at the University of Michigan. His areas of research include metaphysics, epistemology and moral philosophy. He is the author (with John Burgess) of A Subject With No Object (Oxford, 1997). Gideon Rosen is Chair of the Council of the Humanities and Director of the Program in Linguistics.
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.
Andrew Feldherr works on Latin Literature, with a particular interest in historiography and the poetry of the Augustan period. His first book, Spectacle and Society in Livy's History (University of California Press, 1998), argued that Livy's manipulation of viewers' perspectives in his representation of the Roman past tapped into the political and religious power of spectacle in contemporary Roman.Playing Gods: Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Politics of Fiction (Princeton University Press, 2010) examined the role of fictionality in the poem in light of other cultural discourses, especially in the visual arts. Both of these projects had the larger aim of highlighting the ambitious new claims about the role and power of literature made during this era of social, political, and cultural revolution and reconstruction. He has also recently edited or co-edited collections of essays on classical historiography, The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and The Oxford History of Historical Writing (Oxford University Press, 2011). He was an undergraduate at Princeton (Class of 1985) and from there went to Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in 1991.
Claudia L. Johnson joined the faculty at Princeton in 1994 and was Chair of the English Department from 2004-2012. She specializes in eighteenth- and early nineteenth century literature, with a particular emphasis on the novel. In addition, she has strong interests in eighteenth century music and culture, in the idea of voice, in mysteries and narrative theory, in Yiddish story, and in the American Songbook of the 1930s and 1940s. Johnson's books include Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (Chicago, 1988), Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in the 1790s (Chicago, 1995), and The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (Cambridge, 2002), The Blackwell Companion to Jane Austen, ed. with Clara Tuite (Blackwell, 2005), and Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures (Chicago, 2012). Her research has been supported by major fellowships such as the NEH and the Guggenheim. At present Johnson is working on several book-length projects: Her Picture in the Exhibition at Last, a short book about the vicissitudes of the controversial "Rice Portrait" of Jane Austen, its likely resolution through digital technology, and its entanglement in larger notions about how we think "classic" authors" should look, and about the competing authority of families and museum, with vested interests in their positions and their property; Raising the Novel, which explores key phases in the history of the novel in which critics have attempted to elevate them to keystones of high culture; and in the literary impact of the Handel Commemorations of 1784 and 1791.
Eileen Reeves is Professor of Comparative Literature, and specializes in early modern Italian, English, and French literature. Her work concerns the relationships between sixteenth and seventeenth century literature and developments in cartography, magnetism, and astronomy. She published Painting the Heavens: Art and Science in the Age of Galileo in 1997, Galileo's Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror in 2008, and together with Albert Van Helden, On Sunspots in 2010.Evening News: Optics, Astronomy, and Journalism in Early Modern Europe is forthcoming in 2014. She is an associate faculty member of the Program in the History of Science, and served as director of the Program in European Cultural Studies from 2008-2012.