Faculty

Frederick Neuhouser

Viola Manderfeld Professor of German & Professor of Philosophy
Barnard College

Frederick Neuhouser's areas of expertise include German philosophy, Marxism, psychoanalysis, critical social theory, and social and political philosophy.

Christina Duffy Ponsa

Associate Professor
Columbia Law School

Christina Duffy Ponsa is a legal historian whose work focuses on the constitutional and international legal history of American empire.

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.

George Saliba

Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science
Columbia University

George Saliba studies the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity till early modern times, with a special focus on the various planetary theories that were developed within the Islamic civilization and the impact of such theories on early European astronomy.

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.