Faculty

Emmanuelle Saada

Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology; Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies
Columbia University

Emmanuelle Saada’s main field of research and teaching is the history of the French empire in the 19th and 20th century, with a specific interest in law.

James Schamus

Professor of Professional Practice, Film Division, School of the Arts
Columbia University

James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Dallas Buyers Club.

Conrad Schirokauer

Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor
Columbia University

Conrad Schirokauer is a Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He studied at Yale (BA) and Stanford (PhD) as well as a year in Paris, and conducted research mostly in Kyoto but also in China. His published papers and articles are mostly on Zhu Xi and Hu Hong.

Pamela H. Smith

Seth Low Professor of History
Columbia University

Pamela Smith's research interests include Early modern European history and the history of science; attitudes to nature in early modern Europe and the Scientific Revolution; and craft knowledge and historical techniques.

Alexander Stille

San Paolo Professor of International Journalism
Columbia University

Professor Stille graduated with a B.A. from Yale University and earned an M.S. at Columbia. He has worked as a contributor to The New York Times, La Repubblica, The New Yorker magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe, and The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Michael Taussig

Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University

Michael Taussig's most recent publications include Beauty and the Beast (2012) and The Corn Wolf (2015).

Van Tran

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Columbia University

Van C. Tran is a sociologist whose primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods. Some of his recent work also adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China.