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.

Liane Carlson

Stewart Postdoctoral Research Associate
Princeton University

Public Humanities Fellow Liane Carlson received her PhD in philosophy of religion at Columbia University in 2015, where she received her M.A. (2010) and M.Phil (2012) after graduating summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University (2007).

Nicole Gervasio

Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Public Humanities Fellow Nicole Gervasio is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.  During her Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellowship, Nicole will bring together high school students from diverse backgrounds for reading and writing workshops aimed at bridging divides between them.

Robert Gooding-Williams

M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies,
Professor of Philosophy
Columbia University

Robert Gooding-Williams holds appointments in both the Philosophy Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), where he is a member of the Core Faculty and founding director of the Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice.

Matthew Hart

Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Matt Hart specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, with an emphasis on modernism, poetry, and contemporary British fiction. He is also interested in connections between literature and the visual arts and between literary history and political history. Recent classes have focused on the question of Late Modernism, on Contemporary Black British Literature, and on rethinking the nation-state/transnationalism relation in contemporary writing and critical theory.  

Jean Howard

George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities
Columbia University

Heyman Center Fellow 2016-17 Jean Howard's areas of interest include Renaissance literature, history of drama, feminism, new historicism, and Marxism.

Natasha Lightfoot

Assistant Professor of History
Columbia University

Heyman Center Fellow 2016-17 Natasha Lightfoot, assistant professor, specializes in slavery and emancipation studies, and black identities, politics, and cultures in the fields of Caribbean, Atlantic World, and African Diaspora History. Her forthcoming book focuses on black working class people's everyday forms of freedom in Antigua after emancipation.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Assistant Professor in Classics
Princeton University

Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities 2015 -16 Dan-el Padilla Peralta studies the history of the Roman Republic and Empire, with a particular focus on trends in religious practice. He received his PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 2014 and holds previous degrees from Princeton and Oxford. While at Stanford, he held the university’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, intended to reward and encourage work across the disciplines.