Fall 2015

Bürge Abiral

PhD candidate in Anthropology
Johns Hopkins University

Bürge Abiral is currently pursuing her PhD in Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She holds a masters in Cultural Studies at Sabancı University. She graduated in 2011 from Williams College, USA, with Honors in Anthropology.

Meltem Ahiska

Professor of Sociology
Boğaziçi University

Meltem Ahiska is a Professor of Sociology at Boğaziçi University. Her research interests include Orientalism, social memory, and gender studies. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College (2000) and a BA from Bogazici University (1980).

Toshio Akai

Professor of Cultural Studies
Kobe Gakuin University

Toshio Akai is a Professor teaching cultural studies at the Humanities Department of Kobe Gakuin University, Kobe, Japan.

Udi Aloni


Udi Aloni is an Israeli American filmmaker, writer and visual artist whose works focus on the interrelationships between art, theory, and action.

Carlos J. Alonso

Morris A. and Alma Shapiro Professor in the Humanities
Dean of the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences
Columbia University

Carlos J. Alonso came to the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia in fall 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Edwin B. and Leonore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages. Prof. Alonso became Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2011.

Tarik Amar

Assistant Professor of History
Columbia University

Heyman Center Fellow 2016-17 Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor, works on the history of the Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine and, more generally, East Central Europe. His interests include urban history, the history of memory, nationalism, political mass violence and genocide, the Second World War in Europe, and authoritarian forms of socialism.

Stefan Andriopoulos

Professor of Germanic Languages
Columbia University

Stefan Andriopoulos is the author of, most recently, Ghostly Apparitions: German Idealism, the Gothic Novel, and Optical Media (Zone Books, 2013). His previous book Possessed: Hypnotic Crimes, Corporate Fiction, and the Invention of Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2008) won the SLSA Michelle Kendrick award for best academic book on literature, science, and the arts.

Kinan Azmeh

Musician and Composer

Hailed as “intensely soulful,” “a virtuoso” by The New York Times and as "spellbinding" by The New Yorker, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. With his utterly distinctive, "incredibly rich sound" (as the CBC referred to it), he is equally at home in many different musical genres, and in the open, fertile spaces between them. His work seamlessly intertwines Western with Eastern styles, classical training with improvisational finesse.