Professor of History, University of Florida
Professor Jon Sensbach received his Ph.D. in 1991 in early American history from Duke University, his B.A. in 1980 from the University of Virginia. He joined the University of Florida Department of History in 1998 after teaching at the College of William and Mary and the University of Southern Mississippi. He teaches the Department’s foundation graduate course on early America and has recently taught a graduate seminar on the Black Atlantic as well as undergraduate courses on the Atlantic slave trade, colonial America, and the American Revolution.
Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Columbia University
Carla Shedd is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests focus on: crime and criminal justice; race and ethnicity; law; inequality; and urban sociology. Shedd has been published in the American Sociological Review, Sociological Methods & Research. She is the author of Unequal City: Race, Schools, & Perceptions of Injustice (2015).
Professor of Anthropology, BRAC University
Dina M. Siddiqi divides her time between New York and Dhaka, where she is Professor of Anthropology, BRAC University.
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Columbia University
Audra Simpson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. She is the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States(Duke University Press, 2014), winner of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association’s Best First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies Prize, the Laura Romero Prize from the American Studies Association as well as the Sharon Stephens Prize from the American Ethnological Society (2015). She is co-editor of Theorizing Native Studies (Duke University Press, 2014).
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Joseph Slaughter teaches and publishes in the fields of postcolonial literature and theory, African, Caribbean, and Latin American literatures, postcolonialism, narrative theory, human rights, and 20th-century ethnic and third world literatures. His many publications include articles in Human Rights Quarterly, Research in African Literatures, The Journal of Human Rights, Politics and Culture, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. His essay, “Enabling Fictions and Novel Subjects: The Bildungsroman and International Human Rights Law,” appeared in a special issue on human rights of PMLA (October 2006) and was honored as one of the two best articles published in the journal in 2006-7.
Associate Professor of Journalism
Alisa Solomon directs the Arts & Culture concentration in the M.A. program at the Journalism School.
Associate Professor of English, Columbia University and Barnard College; Associate Director, Program in Narrative Medicine
Maura Spiegel has a joint appointment at Columbia University and Barnard College where she teaches literature, film and American Studies. Associate director of the Program for Narrative Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, she teaches film to second-year medical students, as well as graduate students in the Master of Science Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia. Recently she ran a writing workshop for the staff of the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivor’s of Torture.
Adjunct Professor, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race & Department of Anthropology
Elsa Stamatopoulou is Adjunct Professor, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race & Department of Anthropology as well as Director, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Born in Athens, Greece, Stamatopoulou has devoted 21 years of her UN work to human rights, in addition to several years exclusively focusing on Indigenous Peoples rights.
Sarah Stillman is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, and director of the Global Migration Program at Columbia Journalism School. She has written on topics ranging from asset forfeiture abuse to the return of debtors prisons, and from Mexico's drug cartels to Bangladesh's garment factories. Her coverage of human trafficking on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan won the National Magazine Award, the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” and the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, among other prizes.
Nash Professor of Law
Kendall Thomas is the Nash Professor of Law and co-founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University in the City of New York. He joined the faculty in 1984 and his teaching and research interests include U.S. and comparative constitutional law, human rights, legal philosophy, feminist legal theory, Critical Race Theory and Law and Sexuality.
Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College
Anja Tolonen is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College. She works on economic development, with a specific focus on gender. Her recent work focuses on the local welfare effects of natural resource extraction in Africa, where she explores how mining investments affect employment inequality, women’s empowerment, and health. She teaches Development Economics and Women in Development Economics at Barnard.
Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities, Department of English & Comparative Literature
Gauri Viswanathan is Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.
She has published widely on education, religion, and culture; nineteenth-century British and colonial cultural studies; and the history of modern disciplines. She has held numerous visiting chairs, among them the Beckman Professorship at Berkeley, and was recently an Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and a Visiting Mellon Scholar at the University of Cape Town. She has received Guggenheim, NEH, and Mellon fellowships, and was a fellow at various international research institutes. Prof.
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University
James L. Dohr Professor of Law
B.A., Wellesley, 1972; J.D., Harvard, 1975. Practiced as deputy city attorney, Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney; and as staff lawyer, Western Center on Law and Poverty.
Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Mabel O. Wilson navigates her multidisciplinary practice between the fields of architecture, art, visual cultural analysis, and American studies.
Associate Professor of Gender, Conflict and Development, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague