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 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.
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 doctoral dissertation examined depictions of the cosmos in the literature, art, and rituals of Nepal and Tibet, revealing ways in which cosmology has been an underappreciated foundation for many aspects of Buddhist culture. This project was also framed so as to transcend boundaries between academic disciplines such as religious studies, area studies, and art history. One of his current projects is to expand this dissertation into a book, including additional analyses of issues concerning literary narrative, sacred space, and other cosmological models. Huntington has also worked on other topics involving religion and the arts, including the ritual significance of lay artistic craftsmen and the visual encoding of illustrations in ritual texts. At the University of Chicago, he received the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship, and in 2013–14, he served as the Mellon/Korff Postdoctoral Fellow in South Asian Art at Washington University in Saint Louis and the Saint Louis Art Museum. He has curated or co-curated several art exhibitions, including Facets of the Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and has an article forthcoming in the Cambridge World History of Religious Architecture. In Fall of 2014, he will teach Visualizing Buddhism, combining religious and art-historical approaches to the study of Buddhism. In Spring of 2015, he will teach Creating the Universe, an examination of the scientific ideas behind Buddhist ritual life.
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.
Sara Pursley received her PhD in history in 2012 from the Graduate Center of CUNY, where she taught for two years in the master’s program in Middle East Studies and for three years in the history department of Queens College. She works on the cultural and social history of the modern Middle East, especially around questions of subject formation, gender, economic development and modernization theory, conceptions of time and space, histories of psychology and selfhood, and the expansion of American influence in the region. She is working on her first book manuscript, Familiar Futures: Time, Selfhood, and Sovereignty in Iraq, 1932-63 (Stanford University Press). It looks at how various notions of time and selfhood shaped pedagogical interventions in the family, the school system, and the law, especially in the context of decolonization, the dawn of the global “age of development,” and the 1958 Iraqi revolution. Her planned second book explores the social and ecological effects of postwar land settlement projects in Iraq, Syria, and Jordan that relocated peasants and pastoral nomads onto isolated nuclear-family farms in accordance with US Cold War modernization theories of agrarian reform and political stability. She is the author of several articles, including “The Stage of Adolescence: Anticolonial Time, Youth Insurgency, and the Marriage Crisis in Hashimite Iraq,” in History of the Present, and “Daughters of the Right Path: Family Law, Homosocial Publics and the Ethics of Intimacy in the Works of Shi`i Revivalist Bint al-Huda,” in the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. From 2009-2014 she served as associate editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. At Princeton she teaches courses on the modern Middle East in the Near Eastern Studies department, including, in the fall of 2014, “Youth and Youth Movements in the Middle East.” In 2016, Pursley will join the department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU as assistant professor of modern Middle East history.
Mira Siegelberg completed her PhD in International History at Harvard University in May 2014 and holds a B.A in History and Human Rights from Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests include the history of international society, modern international relations, international law, human rights, and ideas of international order. Her dissertation “The Question of Questions: The Problem of Statelessness in International History 1921-1961” examines the evolution of the concept of statelessness and its impact on ideas and practices of rights, sovereignty, and international law. It draws on a variety of archival and textual sources to illuminate a body of legal and political thought on statelessness, as well as to recover the experiences and self-understanding of the stateless themselves. Her book manuscript, based in part on the dissertation, will provide a history of statelessness from World War I to the present day. She has published articles in Modern Intellectual History, the Journal of Genocide Research, and History Workshop Journal. At Harvard, she taught in the Social Studies and History and Literature concentrations. During the 2014-2015 academic year at Princeton, she will teach a course on the history of human rights, and will lecture in the second half of the “Approaches to Western Culture” sequence.
Larissa Brewer-Garcia, Tineke D'Haeseleer, Christophe Litwin, Susanna Berger, Molly Greene (Acting Director 2013-2014), Stefan Kamola, Jonny Thakkar
Susanna Berger holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Cambridge and specializes in Renaissance and Baroque visual art. She is currently preparing a book manuscript, Philosophy and Visual Representation in Early Modern Europe, that examines the roles played by visual arts in the early stages of the scientific revolution. 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 of cognition. Berger's articles are published and forthcoming in The Art Bulletin, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Word & Image, Intellectual History Review, 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. At Princeton, she has lectured on Greek, Roman, and medieval art and philosophy for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages and has taught a freshman seminar on Visual Art and the Representation of Knowledge. In the Department of Art and Archaeology she offers courses on Baroque and Renaissance art. Berger is also the Resident Faculty Fellow of Mathey College and teaches in the Prison Teaching Initiative in New Jersey.
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. In Fall 2014 she will co-teach East Asian Humanities I; in Spring 2015 she will teach with Matt McCarty a new comparative history course on the Rome and Han empires.
Stefan Kamola received a MA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (2007) and a Ph.D. in History (2013) from the University of Washington. His work examines intellectual and administrative history in the Mongol Empire, with a particular concentration on Persian historiography. More broadly, his interests include pastoral nomadism, Islamic intellectual history, and the intersection between oral and literate traditions of social organization and communal memory. Stefan is currently preparing a biographical study of Rashid al-Din, the most prominent statesman and most famous historian from the Mongol Middle East, as well as a series of articles on the text and early manuscript tradition of Rashid al-Din’s dynastic history of the Mongols. He is involved in the Digital Humanities community at Princeton as part of his interest to apply digital tools to the study of manuscripts and other unique historical items both in his own research and in the classroom. In the fall he will teach a Freshman Seminar titled, “Nomads, nomadism, and nomadology.” 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, Hobbes, Rousseau and the Enlightenment published in Philosophie de Rousseau (2014); La politique et l'âme. Autour de Pierre Manent (2014); 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 holds the Haarlow-Cone Fellowship. In 2013-14 he coordinated and lectured in the two-semester humanities sequence, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture: Antiquity to the Modern Period (HUM 216-219). In the Spring of 2015 he will also teach Political Philosophy (PHI 309).
Molly Greene (Acting Director 2013-2014), 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 been co-organizing the Undergraduate Summer Research Program in the Department of Astrophysics since 2012; she also participates in the Prison Teaching Initiative in New Jersey and formed the Hope-Princeton exchange which brings female students in astronomy to work in Princeton over the summer. She was named one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for 2012, and is a 2014 TED Senior 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. Before coming to Princeton, she taught at Loyola and Roosevelt Universities in Chicago, and for ten years, was a lecturer with the International Classroom at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. At Princeton, she has taught courses on Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology, as well as a class on ethnicity in antiquity. She has also been the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Faculty Innovation for the Princeton Art Museum, The David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project, and The University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Society Sciences at Princeton, as well as the William Penn Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania. Also at Princeton, she has conducted a study of the scarab amulets in the Princeton University Art Museum with the help of her class on Ancient Egyptian Archaeology. Liszka’s scholarship grapples with the question of how the Ancient Egyptian state incorporated different types of Nubians into their bureaucracy. Three major projects have developed from this question. She is currently working on a monograph about ancient Nubian people -- the Medjay -- to examine how their relationship with the state changed from pastoral nomads to policemen over a half millennium. She is also beginning a second research project that examines the identity of Pangrave archaeological culture, a group of Nubians who may have worked as mercenaries for the Egyptians. As the director of an archaeological project at the site of Wadi el-Hudi in Egypt, she will conduct a study of this ancient amethyst mining area that reflects both Egyptian and Nubian traditions. Wadi el-Hudi also allows Liszka to examine chronological differences of urbanism, mining, and cross-cultural interactions by comparing areas of the Middle Kingdom (c. 1800 BCE) to the same activities in the Greco-Roman Period.
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. His teaching at Princeton covers topics including Roman archaeology, conflict in Roman religious life, and comparative analysis of the Roman and Han Chinese empires. As director of the Apulum Mithraeum III Project, an excavation aimed at understanding the ritual and social dimensions of a Roman "mystery cult," he also brings students abroad to study field archaeology over the summer. He is currently completing a monograph based on his dissertation, Empire and Worship in Roman Africa (Cambridge UP), which focuses on child sacrifice and 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 cults of Mithras (including the one he is excavating) 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 concepts of of historical continuity to 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 book in progress, "Donne's Spenser: From Allegory to Metaphor in Renaissance Poetics," 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, represents a crucial transition from allegory to metaphor as the dominant instrument of poetic thinking, particularly with respect to the truth claims made by figurative language. In this difficult, dialectical progression 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). Ryzhik is currently putting together an edited collection of essays, Spenser and Donne: Thinking Poets, and beginning research on a new monograph 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. At Princeton, she has taught 17th-century British literature, been part of the faculty team in the Humanistic Studies sequence, covering material from the Renaissance to Modernity, and in fall 2014 will reprise her upper-level English seminar, Satire: Mockery and Reform from Aristophanes to South Park.
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 came 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 tells the story of the Zoroastrian communities of Iran and South Asia by tracing how the embrace of a cosmopolitan theological vocabulary and the reception of the canon of Classical Persian literature affects these communities, promoting the production of new forms of meaning-making and literary production under the specter of scholastic traditions inherited from Late Antiquity. He is also preparing a critical edition and translation of an unpublished Zoroastrian Middle Persian text, The Book of Religious Judgments (Wizirgerd ī Dēnīg), for publication. Daniel's recent and forthcoming articles appear in The Bulletin of the Asia Institute, On the Wonders of Land and Sea: Persianate Travel Writing (ed. Sharma and Micallef), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism (ed. Stausberg and Vevaina), and No Tapping Around Philology: A Festschrift Celebrating Wheeler M. Thackston Jr.'s 70th Birthday (ed. Korangy and Sheffield). He is currently pursuing research on a second book project, tentatively entitled On Translation and Toleration: The Free-Thinkers of Safavid Iran and Mughal India. At Princeton, Daniel offered undergraduate courses on Zoroastrianism, Orientalism, Early Modern Islamicate history, and the application of translation theory to religious studies, and reads Middle Persian and Classical Persian with interested graduate students.
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.
Göran Blix studies the tradition of nineteenth-century French prose writing in the context of major historical and political developments. His interests include romanticism, realism, literary aesthetics, the historical imagination, and the relationship between democracy and literature. He has published articles on Balzac, Hugo, Michelet, Flaubert, Tocqueville, the Goncourt brothers, and Zola, among others, and his book on romantic historicism, From Paris to Pompeii: French Romanticism and the Cultural Politics of Archeology (2008), examines the impact of the nascent science of archeology on modern secular attitudes to death, memory, and immortality. He earned a B.A. in Literature from Harvard College (1996), a DEA from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (1998), and a Ph.D. in French from Columbia University (2003). He joined the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University in 2003.
Rachael 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.
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.
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).
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.
Denis Feeney works on Latin literature and on Roman culture more broadly, including especially Roman religion and time. After his first degree at Auckland University in New Zealand, he went to Oxford for his D.Phil. (1982), and after positions both in Britain and the United States, came to Princeton in 2000. In addition to articles on Latin literature (particularly on his favourite Latin poets, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, and Ovid), he has written three books. The Gods in Epic (Oxford, 1991) investigated the problem of how gods were represented in (especially Latin) epic, focusing on the problems of fiction involved in negotiating the boundaries between Roman religion and epic forms of representation. His second book, Literature and Religion at Rome (Cambridge, 1998), looked more broadly at the problem of the interaction between the literary and religious systems of Rome, framing the issues in terms of a dialogue between the way scholars tend to read Greek culture and Roman culture more generally. His third book, Caesar’s Calendar (California, 2007), based on his Sather Classical Lectures of 2004, examined Roman constructions of time, in terms of synchronism, historical vs. mythical time, and calendrical time. He is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled Roman Horizons, about why Rome developed a literature in Latin when it shouldn’t really have done so.
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).
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.
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.
David Bellos gained his doctorate in French literature from Oxford University (UK) and taught subsequently at Edinburgh, Southampton and Manchester before coming to Princeton in 1997. He worked first in nineteenth century studies, particularly on the novel and the history of literary ideas, then developed interests in modern and contemporary French writing, as the translator and then the biographer of Georges Perec. He has interests in several other fields, including the history of the book and film studies, but has been engaged most of all in recent years in literary translation and in Translation Studies. He has a joint appointment in French and Comparative Literature and is also Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. He has won the French-American Foundation's translation prize (1988), the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie (1994) and the Man Booker International translator's award (2005). Recent publications include Romain Gary: A Tall Story. London, (Secker Harvill, 2010) and Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. Penguin (UK) and Faber (US), 2011.
Wendy Heller specializes in the study of 17th- and 18th-century music from interdisciplinary perspectives, with particular emphasis on gender and sexuality, art history, and the classical tradition. The winner of numerous awards and Fellowships from such organizations as from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, Heller has been a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the Villa I Tatti Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, and has taught in the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Specializing in the music of Monteverdi, Handel, Cavalli, and recognized for her expertise in the interpretation of Venetian opera, Heller has published numerous articles in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music & Letters,Cambridge Opera Journal, Early Music, and Saggiatore Musicale. Her book, Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women's Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice, was the winner of the annual book prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and was named a finalist for the Otto Kinkeldey Prize from the American Musicological Society. She serves on a number of editorial and advisory boards including Cambridge Opera Journal, Journal of Musicology, and the Journal for the Society of Seventeenth-Century Music. She is also on the Executive Board of the Society for Study of Early Modern Women. An accomplished professional singer, her research and teaching interests include women and music, Jewish music, performance studies, and opera from its inception to the present day. She is currently completing a textbook on Baroque music and a study of Ovid and the uses of antiquity in early modern Italian opera.
Michael Jennings focuses his teaching and research on European culture in the twentieth century. In addition to literature, he teaches on topics in cultural theory and the visual arts, with special emphasis on photography. He approaches cultural material from a perspective informed by historicist interpretive strategies and the critical theory of the Frankfurt School. Jennings is an Associated Faculty Member of the Department of Art and Archaeology and the School of Architecture, and a Faculty Associate of the Center for the Study of Religion. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Program in European Cultural Studies and the Ph.D. Program in Humanistic Studies. He is the author of two books on Walter Benjamin:Dialectical Images: Walter Benjamin's Theory of Literary Criticism (Cornell University Press, 1987) and, with Howard Eiland, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life (Harvard University Press, forthcoming in 2013). He also serves as the general editor of the standard English-language edition of Benjamin's works, Walter Benjamin, Selected Writings (Harvard University Press, four volumes, 1996ff.) and the editor of a series of collections of Benjamin's essays intended for classroom use, including The Writer of Modern Life: Essays on Charles Baudelaire (2007); with Brigid Doherty and Thomas Levin, The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility and other Writings on Media (2008) ; and, with Miriam Bratu Hansen, One Way Street (forthcoming in 2014). He is currently at work on two book projects: studies of the German photo-essay in the twentieth century and of calendrical forms in the German culture of the 1970's.