Jan Marie Alegre is a social psychologist who studies stigma and intergroup relations. In her work, she examines how stereotyping and prejudice shape the dynamics of interracial interactions. In one line of research, she investigates the development, maintenance, and subsequent impact of close interracial and interethnic friendships. A second line of research explores the process of self-disclosure, social support seeking, and support provision in peer relationships.
Yaron Aronowicz specializes in modernist and 20th-century literature. He is currently at work on a project that examines the fascinations of modern fiction, which focuses on how modernist novels by Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and D.H. Lawrence represent and conceptualize attentive modes and practices. He is also at work on a project on love and its endings in modernist fiction and poetry.
Ali Aslam is a political theorist who studies the relationships among contemporary architecture, democratic politics, and ethics. His research examines the ways in which architecture conditions political possibility, focusing on how it is possible to share the same spaces on a daily basis yet live in radically different worlds. In particular, he is interested in how conditions of oblivion and obliviousness are produced, sustained, and broken through architectural and democratic practices.
Sara Bryant specializes in 20th- and 21st-¬century literature and film, with an emphasis on transatlantic modernism. Her current project examines how verbal and visual arts engage with technologies of voice from the 1920s to the beginning of World War II. Other research interests include Irish drama, gender and sexuality studies, and life writing. Recent work has been published in Modern Fiction Studies.
Joseph Califf is a biological anthropologist whose interests range from behavioral endocrinology and human evolution to science journalism and education. He studies the complex interrelationships among genes, hormones, social environment, and behavior. In particular, his research focuses on the contribution of genetic variation and numerous nongenetic factors to individual differences in testosterone and stress hormone levels.
Kristin Dombek writes about performance, rhetoric, and belief in a wide range of contexts, including contemporary American religion, our relationship to other animals, and college writing pedagogy. Her writing tends to explore the secular aspects of religion and the religious aspects of secularism. Her essays can be found in n+1, TDR (The Drama Review), and The Painted Bride Quarterly, among other places, and she is co-author, with Scott Herndon, of Critical Passages: Teaching the Transition to College Composition.
Nika Elder is an art historian who specializes in American art. She has a particular interest in intersections between visual art and material culture. Her current project interprets the still-life paintings of the late 19th-century artist William Harnett in conjunction with discourses about images, objects, and images of objects in a range of disciplines—from psychology and anthropology to the decorative arts and museology—that emerged or fundamentally transformed at the turn of the century. A second project on contemporary artist Lorna Simpson examines how and why her early work references the material and visual culture of slavery.
Khristina Gonzalez works on 19th-century English literature and culture, specializing in the Victorian novel, the history of social reform, and constructions of villainy/monstrosity. She is currently at work on a book project that argues that a new form of villainy, which she calls “malevolent civility,” emerges in the Victorian novel. Her study traces fear of that villainy through Victorian reform tracts and novels as they grapple with the concern that some social outcasts would adopt the trappings of civility, but remain essentially alien. Other research interests include the history of the novel, the imperial project, Irish modernism, and intersections of aesthetics and politics.
Dov Weinryb Grohsgal is a historian of United States history, with a focus on 20th-century American political history. His current project explores American civil rights policy in the 1960s and early 1970s, with specific interest in the relationship between civil rights policy and political strategy. His other academic concentrations include United States intellectual history and the history of the American city.
Andy Hakim studies 20th-century American fiction, film, and culture. He is currently working on a book project that charts the evolution of a widespread cultural fascination with individual prestige that took shape in the United States over the course of the last century. Tracing the contours of the myth of the self-made man, he explores the ways media technology has intensified this fascination and reshaped American ideals about what it means to be “somebody.” Other research interests include celebrity culture, race and ethnicity, detective fiction, and the literature of Los Angeles and the West.
Timothy Haupt is an anthropologist whose ethnographic work explores tensions involved in neoliberal state experiments to “activate” the long-term unemployed, which have unsettled the meaning and value of citizenship, national identity, and productivity in Germany. He is currently working on a project that investigates how hip hop artists in Berlin are re-envisioning national identity through at times paradoxically ironic and authentic appropriations and contestations of the national past..
David Hershinow is a literary critic specializing in early modern literature and culture, as well as intellectual history and critical theory. His current book project focuses on the Renaissance’s growing fascination with the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic, a radical eccentric whom Plato described as a “Socrates gone mad.” Centering on Shakespeare, the project draws out the philosophical puzzles inherent to this Diogenes obsession, and then traces its aftermath through to 20th-century philosophy. Lately, he’s been investigating the medieval and early modern history of money and the factors that were understood to determine its value.
Justene G. Hill is a historian specializing in 18th- and 19th-century American history. Her current project examines how South Carolina legal culture influenced the ways in which enslaved people engaged in their own networks of trade and commerce between the post-Revolutionary period and the eve of the Civil War. Her other research interests include Southern legal history and slavery in the Atlantic world.
Amanda Irwin Wilkins studies literature from between the wars, particularly narratives that imagine war from the relatively safe space of home. She explores the ways in which writers navigate the aftermath of collective or individual trauma and use historical analogies to make sense of the present and future. Her work in literary studies complements her work on establishing interdisciplinary communities of writers in the classroom and other spaces across the university.
Patricia “PK” Kennedy is an attorney who studies the often conflicted role of international organizations in promoting global recognition of human rights while honoring state sovereignty. Specifically, her research examines the applicability of the Geneva Conventions to movements for self-determination, and states’ ability to protect the human rights of citizens when faced with threats to security. She is currently exploring the legitimacy of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and its potential conflict with international human rights standards and constitutional principles.
Christopher M. Kurpiewski is a historian who studies the intersection of religion, power, and gender in medieval Europe. His current project attempts to better understand the rhetoric and reality of the collaborative relationship claimed by confessors and their “spiritual daughters” who were pursuing greater religion for themselves in 13th- and 14th-century Germany. Other interests include cultural studies, folklore, evolutionary psychology, and the relationship between community and memory. He is published in the Journal of Medieval History.
George Laufenberg is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in religion and medicine. He studies contemporary forms of worship, community-making, and personal and social transformation in the U.S. For his current project, he conducted ethnographic fieldwork with a group of American clinical mental health professionals who study and teach practices of “complementary and alternative medicine”—metaphysically inflected forms of care with connections to healing traditions in native North America and esotericism in Western Europe. His interdisciplinary background involves study in poetry, cultural studies, and political economy, as well as professional work in media, politics, and mental health care.
Emma Ljung, a classical archaeologist, examines Mediterranean landscapes and their influence on classical Greek and Roman societies. She is especially interested in smaller communities and the economic problem-solving mechanisms shaped by their cultural and natural constraints. She currently directs the Santa Susana Archaeological Project, an excavation that seeks to understand the complex history of a Roman villa in the central Alentejo, Portugal.
Richard Joseph Martin is a cultural anthropologist whose writing focuses on agency and symbolic transformation. His current book project is based on ethnographic fieldwork among practitioners of consensual sadomasochism in Berlin. The study focuses on how the ritualized practices he observed draw on and subvert modernist ideologies. His work explores the epistemology of encounter—how we learn through interactions with others. Other scholarly interests include: kinship and sexuality; individualism, subjectivity, and marginality; play and reality; interpretive methodologies; and cultures of pedagogy.
Andrea Mazzariello is a composer, performer, and writer. His creative output is diverse, from concert music to rock songs, sound design, prose, and collage. His scholarly pursuits include the study of popular music and vinyl culture. He is especially interested in the ways that composers and performers negotiate issues of physicality, pushing their bodies to develop new and novel approaches to music-making.
Maria Medvedeva is a sociologist of immigration. Her particular areas of interest are immigration policies and immigrant linguistic adaptation. She is currently conducting a study of how highly educated immigrant parents use the “educated person” framework to talk about and shape the adaptation experiences of their children. Her recent quantitative research about the linguistic adaptation of adolescent children of immigrants is published in International Migration Review, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Encyclopedia of Adolescence.
Danielle Meinrath studies ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature, particularly the poetry of Augustan Rome. Her current project focuses on exempla (models of conduct) in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Her other academic interests include Greek and Roman novels, animals in ancient thought and culture, and Classical themes in modern children's literature.
Renita Miller is a political scientist who focuses on understanding the influence of race and gender in political institutions with a particular focus on political rhetoric, deliberation, and leadership within state legislatures. She is currently at work on a book project that uses frame-based linguistic content analysis to empirically examine the impact of race during committee hearing deliberations. In addition, she has research interests in education inequality and representation theory.
Patrick W. Moran is a literary scholar who focuses on British literature and material culture. He is currently working on a book entitled, “Playing Modern,” which looks at how childish things, such as toy theaters, butterfly hunts, and kaleidoscopes informed the 20th-century novel. In addition to this work, he has written on such topics as hoarding, the social construction of disease, pickpockets, and spy fiction. Recent work has appeared in James Joyce Quarterly and Éire-Ireland.
Ken Nielsen is a theater scholar whose primary research focuses on the cultural construction and representation of the U.S. in intercultural performances. Most recently he has studied how gendered and sexualized American identities are produced through scenic representation in Western Europe. Both his research and his teaching are invested in furthering an understanding of the interplay of popular culture, identity, and lived experience. Current projects include work on excessive sexualities and tragedy. In addition to his scholarship, he writes plays.
Timothy Recuber is a sociologist who focuses on mass media and consumer culture. He has written about the deployment of therapeutic discourse in online archives devoted to disasters and their victims, about the ways in which popular culture has helped inspire fears of terrorism, and about the impact of “immersive” projection technology and theater architecture on contemporary cinema spectatorship. His other scholarly interests include urban studies, race and ethnicity, and the sociology of emotion.
Sajan Saini is a materials scientist and writer whose popular science articles examine the impact of complex technologies in our modern engineered society. He has conducted research in optical communications and solar cell devices, taught courses on introductory modern physics and astronomy at Queens College (CUNY), and authored book chapters on photonics and spectroscopy. He is one of the co-founders of the Science Action student video project at Princeton and is currently working on a book about the invention of parallel microchip computing.
Keith Shaw specializes in modern Western political theory and environmental philosophy. He studies the tensions between liberalism and sustainability to find ways of making our politics more accommodating to ecological concerns. In particular, he explores the conflicts between property rights and environmental regulation and shows how the liberal conception of the individual is compatible with a robust form of environmentalism. Other research interests include deep ecology, bioethics, the right to privacy, and American political thought.
Karen E. H. Skinazi is a literary critic engaged in teaching and studying multiethnic North American literature. She writes about the Franco-Americanness of Jack Kerouac, literary and media representations of ultra-Orthodox Jews, and narrations of racial ambiguity. She published a critical edition of Marion: The Story of an Artist’s Model by first Asian North American writer Winnifred Eaton with McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2012. Her essays have appeared in the journals American Studies, Canadian Review of American Studies, and MELUS, as well as in two edited collections.
Gregory Spears is a composer who writes instrumental and vocal music that blends together stylistic aspects of romanticism, minimalism, and early music. His music has won honors from BMI, ASCAP, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been played by So Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, and the American Composers Orchestra. His works have been commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony, the Present Music Ensemble, and the JACK Quartet. His opera Paul’s Case is currently being developed by American Opera Projects.
Josh Vandiver is a political theorist who studies and teaches the canon of Western political theory, from the ancient Greeks to today, and aims to call that canon into question by means of excluded thinkers, ideas, and events. He is currently focused on analyzing and developing political and cultural concepts to better understand imperialism, conservatism, racism, and their opponents.
Benjamin Weber studies the development of English literature and intellectual culture in the Middle Ages. He is particularly interested in the influence of Latin literature on the development of Old English poetry, and his current project focuses on the role played by poetic translations in Anglo-Saxon attempts to appropriate Latin literary culture. His other research interests include medieval poetics (especially alliterative verse), Old Norse literature, medieval theories of rhetoric, and the reception of Classical texts in the Middle Ages.
Leanne Wood is a historical musicologist who specializes in American musical theater and film studies. Her current project focuses on aural and visual representations of the Midwest in musicals of the mid-20th century. She examines how nostalgia, pastoralism, and regional stereotypes shaped Broadway and Hollywood productions such as Oklahoma!, State Fair, The Pajama Game, and The Music Man. Her interdisciplinary work situates these place-based musicals within the context of postwar and Cold War culture, and explores how “Midwestern” musicals continue to influence popular conceptions of the nation’s heartland.
Amelia Worsley specializes in 17th- and 18th-century British literature and culture, with a particular focus on poetry. Her current project, “Loneliness: The Story of a State of Mind,” charts the arrival and development of the words “lonely” and “loneliness” in English literature. She argues that just as literature affected the language people used to describe emotions, loneliness influenced literature’s development, particularly as the notion of what it was to be a poet became increasingly allied with this state. Other research interests include historical poetics, aesthetics, drama, and performance studies.
Brendan Wright is a political theorist who studies the relationships among democratic politics, law, and religion. His current project investigates the ways in which religious traditions such as Christianity constitute a principal aesthetic for democratic claims making in American political culture. Other research interests include the politics of religious liberty and the role of political thought and practice in American political development.
Neil J. Young is a historian of modern U.S. religion and politics. His work focuses on the rise of the religious right. His current book project examines the relationship among Mormons, Catholics, and evangelicals active in the modern conservative movement and how religious disagreements and historical tensions affected their political strategies and outcomes. Other historical interests include the Civil Rights Movement, Southern history, and the rise of the suburban nation.
Andrew Zwicker is a physicist and science educator. His current laboratory research includes dusty plasmas in the lab and under microgravity conditions and atmospheric plasmas for use as a music speaker. His educational interests include remote control of plasmas for laboratory courses and issues at the interface between science and society, and science and art.