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.

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 teaches and writes in modern architectural history, with an emphasis on the politics of modernism in the second half of the twentieth century across the Iberian World. Her research reflects on the dislocations of architects’ ideologies, representation, and regimes of power; the role of language and silence in modernism and technocracy; the politics and aesthetics of labor; the intersection of architecture with processes of secularization; and the aesthetics, techniques, and buildings of fascist modes government. Her book manuscript, titled Fascism Remodeled: Franquista Spain and the Buildings of a Catholic Technocracy, examines the latter in the context of Spain during the mid-twentieth century. 

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.