Faculty

Saskia Sassen

Professor of Sociology
Columbia University

Saskia Sassen is professor of sociology at Columbia University and is noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration.

Barry Bergdoll

Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History
Columbia University

Professor Bergdoll's broad interests center on modern architectural history, with a particular emphasis on France and Germany between 1750 and 1900. Trained in art history rather than architecture, he has an approach most closely allied with cultural history and the history and sociology of professions. He has studied questions of the politics of cultural representation in architecture, the larger ideological content of nineteenth-century architectural theory, and the changing role of both architecture as a profession and architecture as a cultural product in nineteenth-century European society.

Jonathan Cole

John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost and Dean of the Faculties, Emeritus
Columbia University

Jonathan R. Cole is currently John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost and Dean of Faculties, Emeritus at Columbia University. For fourteen years, from 1989 to 2003, he was Provost and Dean of Faculties of Columbia University - the second longest tenure as Provost in the University's 250-year history. He served as the Director of the Center for the Social Sciences from 1979 to 1987, when he became Vice President for Arts and Sciences.

Patricia Dailey

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Patricia Dailey specializes in medieval literature and culture (English, Dutch, French, and Italian) and critical theory, focusing on women's mystical texts, visions, Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose, medieval rhetoric, hermeneutics, and theology.

Jenny Davidson

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Jenny Davidson is an author and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

William Theodore de Bary

John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus
Columbia University

Professor de Bary's scholarly work has focused on the major religious and intellectual traditions of East Asia, especially Confucianism in China, Japan, and Korea. He began his career as a teacher at Columbia in 1949 when he undertook to develop the undergraduate general education program in East Asian Studies.

Jon Elster

Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences
Columbia University

Jon Elster's research interests include the theory of rational choice, the theory of distributive justice, and the history of social thought (Marx and Tocqueville).

Eric Foner

DeWitt Clinton Professor of History
Columbia University

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia, and the author of numerous works on American history. Among his best-known books are Free Soil, Free Labor Free Men (1970), Tom Paine and Revolutionary America (1976), Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution (1988), and The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010).  His books have won numerous awards, including the Bancroft, Pulitzer, Lincoln, and Los Angeles Times book prizes.