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.

Jürgen Barkhoff

Professor of German
Trinity College Dublin

Jürgen Barkhoff is Professor of German (1776) at the Department of Germanic Studies at Trinity College, University of Dublin. His main research areas are literature and medicine, science and psychology around 1800, questions of identity in the German speaking world and Europe, and contemporary Swiss literature. He has published widely on these topics. Recent books include Jürgen Barkhoff, Valerie Heffernan (eds.): Schweiz schreiben. Zu Konstruktion und Dekonstruktion des ‘Mythos Schweiz’ in der Gegenwartsliteratur (De Gruyter 2010).

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

Lecturer in East Asian Languages and Cultures
Columbia University

JM Chris Chang is a historian of modern China, having received his PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 2018. His research focuses on issues of bureaucracy, archive, surveillance, and political culture in 20th century China. His current project is a history of file-keeping and bureaucratic paperwork as understood through the dossier system, the socialist institution of comprehensive files on individual Chinese subjects. The project examines how the paper routines of the dossier consumed the bureaucratic profession and became the material for everyday political acts. His work utilizes what are known in the field as 'garbage sources'--files previously discarded from official archives that have since resurfaced in book and paper markets. The use of this sourcebase has informed a broader interest in the material culture and afterlife of government paper. His research has received support from the Social Science Research Council and the ACLS/Mellon Foundation.

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.