Fall 2016

Manan Ahmed

Assistant Professor of History
Columbia University

Heyman Center Fellow 2016-17 Manan Ahmed is interested in the relationship between text, space, and narrative. His work on Islam’s arrival to Sindh in the 8th century traces the longue durée history of contestations among varied communities in South Asia.

Anna Akasoy

Professor
Graduate Center | Hunter College

Anna Akasoy is professor of Islamic intellectual history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. She teaches classes on Islamic intellectual history and the history, literature and culture of the Islamic world. Her research interests include the intellectual history of the medieval Islamic world, in particular the relationship between mysticism and philosophy, as well as contacts between the Islamic world and other cultures. Her current research projects include a study of the religious dimension of Alexander the Great in the Islamic tradition within the larger context of the classical heritage of the Middle East and Asia.

Elias Alcantara

Senior Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
The White House

Elias Alcantara serves as Senior Associate Director in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs as a liaison for local officials across the country. Previously, he served as a U.S. Fellow for the Organization of American States and resided in Santiago, Chile for two years. While in Chile, he completed coursework for a Master of Arts in International Studies at the Universidad de Chile’s Institute of International Studies. Elias is a graduate of Lehman College of the City University of New York(CUNY) and is originally from the Bronx, New York.

Zeynep Çelik Alexander

Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto

Zeynep Çelik Alexander is Assistant Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. She is an architectural historian whose work focuses on the history and theory of modern architecture since the Enlightenment. 

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.

David J. Alworth

Associate Professor of the Humanities
Harvard University

Alworth's research interests include Twentieth-century American literature and culture, visual art, and social theory.

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.

Paul Anderer

Mack Professor of Humanities; Professor of Japanese Literature
Columbia University

Paul Anderer holds degrees from Michigan (BA ’71), Chicago (MA ’72), and Yale (Ph.D. ’79). He joined the Columbia faculty in 1980. From 1989 until 1997, he was the chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He has also served the University as Vice Provost for International Relations, as Associate Vice-President for Academic Planning and Global Initiatives in the Arts and Sciences, and as Acting Dean of the Graduate School. His writings include Other Worlds: Arishima Takeo and the Bounds of Modern Japanese Fiction (Columbia, 1984); and Literature of the Lost Home: Kobayashi Hideo-Literary Criticism, 1924-1939 (Stanford, 1995), along with numerous articles exploring the culture of the city (Tokyo) and Japanese modernity. His work has been awarded support from the NEH, the SSRC, and the Fulbright Commission. He teaches Japanese fiction, film, and cultural criticism in addition to Asian Humanities. Professor Anderer is currently serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies.