Fall 2013

Vanessa Agard-Jones

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University

Vanessa Agard-Jones earned her PhD from the joint program in Anthropology and French Studies at New York University, where she was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and recipient of the Bourse Chateaubriand. A political anthropologist specializing in the study of gender and sexuality in the African diaspora, her ethnographic research focuses on the intersections of sexual and environmental politics and their relationship to debates about sovereignty in the (French) Caribbean.

Olindo De Napoli

Visiting Scholar
Blinken European Institute

Olindo De Napoli earned doctorates in both Modern History and History of Law from the University of Naples Federico II. His first book, La prova della razza: Cultura giuridica e razzismo in Italia negli anni Trenta, concerns Italian legal culture and racism during the 1930s. He is the author of articles published in Italian and international journals about racism, totalitarian dynamics and law and gender relations in colonial societies.

Giovanni Giorgini

Professor of Political Philosophy
University of Bologna

Giovanni Giorgini is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Bologna and Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is also Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, where he was previously a Visiting Fellow.

Nikolas Kosmatopoulos

Stavros Niarchos Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University

Nikolas Kosmatopoulos is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in questions of contemporary government by expertise and technopolitics, with a specific focus on the Middle East and the Mediterranean. He holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Zurich (summa cum laude) as well as a Master in Cultural Anthropology from the Free University in Berlin and a degree in Economics and Political Economy from the University of Piraeus. He has taught in Athens (Panteios), Berlin (Free University), Zurich U, Paris (Sciences Po) and New York City (Columbia University).

Steven Pincus

Bradford Durfee Professor of History
Yale University

Steven Pincus teaches 17th and 18th century British and European history, the history of the early British Empire, and Directed Studies. In addition to research seminars in History, he regularly co-teaches cross disciplinary seminars with faculty in other departments.  Recent topics have included the Divergence of Britain, Comparative Revolutions, and Early Modern Empires in Theory and Practice.

Lila Abu-Lughod

Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science
Columbia University

Lila Abu-Lughod is Director of the Center for the Study of Social Difference. She is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, and Professor of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her courses focus on gender politics and nationalism in the Muslim world and on liberalism, culture, and the politics of human and women’s rights. A leading voice in debates about gender, Islam, and global policy, her books and publications have been translated into more than 13 languages.

Carlo Invernizzi Accetti

Alexander Bodini Research Fellow in Culture and Religion
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University

Carlo Invernizzi Accetti is the Alexander Bodini Research Fellow in Culture and Religion at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. His work focuses on relativism in democracy: Catholic political thought and the role of truth in politics.

Jeremy Adelman

Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor in Spanish Civilization and Culture
Princeton University

Jeremy Adelman studies the history of Latin America in comparative and world contexts. Over the years, he has focused on economic, legal, and political transformations, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. More recently, he has turned to the study of modern political, economic, and intellectual transformations. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he earned a master’s degree in economic history at the London School of Economics (1985) and completed a doctorate in modern history at Oxford University (1989). He has been teaching at Princeton since 1992.