Fellows

Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)
Columbia University

Joelle M. Abi-Rached received her Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University. She holds a Medical Doctorate from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. Her first book co-authored with Nikolas Rose, entitled Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind (Princeton University Press, 2013) explored the genealogy of the neurosciences and their growing salience in the governance and everyday life of neoliberal democracies. 

Rachel Adams

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Rachel Adams is a writer and Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous academic articles and book reviews, as well as three books: Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (Yale University Press, 2013), which won the Delta Kappa Gamma Educators' Award; Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination and Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (both published by the University of Chicago Press). She is co-editor (with Benjamin Reiss and David Serlin) of Keywords for Disability Studies (NYU Press, 2015), (with David Savran) of The Masculinity Studies Reader (Blackwell, 2002) and editor of Kate Chopin's The Awakening (Fine Publications, 2002). Her public writing has also appeared in such places as the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education and the Times of London. In 2012 she won a Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty award.

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.

Naor Ben-Yehoyada

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Columbia University

Naor Ben-Yehoyada (MA, Tel Aviv University, 2005; PhD, Harvard University, 2011) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. His work examines unauthorized migration, criminal justice, the aftermath of development, and transnational political imaginaries in the central and eastern Mediterranean. His The Mediterranean Incarnate: Transnational Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II, offers a historical anthropology of the recent re-emergence of the Mediterranean, as an example for the processes through which transnational regions form and dissipate. His current work follows anti-Mafia investigators and the perpetual debate about what the Mafia is. 

JM Chris Chang

Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History
Columbia University

JM Chris Chang is a student in modern Chinese history working on the relationship between petition writing and ideological revisionism in the post-Mao transition. He received his BA from Amherst College and a dual-MA from Columbia and the London School of Economics. Prior to returning to Columbia to begin the PhD track, he was a visiting researcher at Beijing University

Anna Danziger Halperin

Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History
Columbia University

Anna K. Danziger Halperin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University. She focuses on comparative social policy, gender, and childhood. Anna graduated from Barnard College in 2006 with a degree in History and Human Rights. Before returning to Columbia, she conducted research on U.S. child care policies and other related issues affecting low-wage working families during her employment with the Urban Institute and the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Her dissertation comparatively analyzes child care policy in Britain and the United States, interrogating conceptions of motherhood, child-rearing, and state interventions in the private realm.

Claire Gallien

Edward W. Said Fellow
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Dr Claire Gallien lectures at the English Department of the University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 (UPVM3) and is member of the CNRS (IRCL, UMR 5186). She works on 17th-18th cent. orientalism, as well as contemporary Arab literatures in English and in translation. Her first book, L’Orient anglais (Oxford, 2011), deals with the interactions between popular and scholarly cultures of the East in 18th cent. England.

María González Pendas

Lecturer and Mellon Research Fellow
Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University

María González Pendás received her PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Columbia University. Trained as an architect and a historian, González Pendás explores the intersections of spatial and building practices with processes of political, technological, and religious modernization during the twentieth century. Her research more particularly weaves together the history of modern architecture with the politics of fascism, Catholicism, and development across the Spanish postcolonial world. Her current book manuscript, Holy Modern: A Spatial History of Fascism, Catholicism, and Technocracy at Mid-Century, examines these dynamics in the context of the regime of Francisco Franco, a dictatorship that serves as a unique sense into the ideological reconfiguration of fascism in the context of the Cold War—a reconfiguration here revealed through designs of, and historical narratives about the built environment. Her next project considers the broader history of the impact of Catholicism on the development of building technologies, architectural labor, and modernist aesthetics in the Iberian world, what follows from her research and publications on the socioeconomics of concrete shell construction in México and on the relationship between architecture and exile in the structural designs of Félix Candela. Her work has received the support of the Fulbright Commission, the Temple Hoyne Buell Center and the Graham Foundation, among others, and has appeared in both English and Spanish in journals like Grey Room and Bitacora and publications including Architecture of Great Expositions 1937-1958 and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories.