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.

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.

Rob Goodman

Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science
Columbia University

Rob Goodman is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science at Columbia University and an instructor in the Core Curriculum. His dissertation focuses on rhetoric and eloquence in the history of political thought. Before beginning graduate study at Columbia, Rob worked as speechwriter for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Sen. Chris Dodd. He studied at Duke University (B.A., English, 2005) and George Washington University (M.A., Public Policy, 2011). Rob is the co-author of two books: A Mind at Play, a biography of Claude Shannon (Simon & Schuster, September 2017), and Rome's Last Citizen, a book on Cato the Younger and the Roman Republic (Thomas Dunne, 2012). His academic work has appeared in History of Political Thought (2016), The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (2014), and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2010). He has also written for publications including Slate, The Atlantic, Politico, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  

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.  

Arden Hegele

Lecturer in English
Columbia University

Arden Hegele received her PhD from Columbia University in 2016. She specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and in the medical humanities. Her book project argues that Romantic poetry and prose borrow formal methods from medical science, especially pathology and psychiatry. Other interests include the gendered body, environmental science and technology, the British colonial project, and rare books. She is the author of “Romantic Autopsy and Wordsworth’s Two-Part Prelude,” which won the 2014 North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper and was subsequently published in European Romantic Review, as well as articles published or forthcoming in Romanticism, Partial Answers, Gender and Education, The Byron Journal, and Persuasions. Her book reviews are published or forthcoming in Public Books, Review 19, Studies in Romanticism, Victorian Network, and Partial Answers. She teaches in the Romantic Century, in the medical humanities, and from Homer to Morrison in Columbia’s Core course, “Literature Humanities.” With Rishi Goyal, she is the co-founder of the online journal Medical and Health Humanities.

Hidetaka Hirota

Visiting Assistant Professor
The City College of New York

  Hidetaka Hirota is a historian of the United States with particular interests in immigration, race and ethnicity, political economy, and transnational history. Before joining City College, he was a Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in History from Boston College, where his dissertation was awarded the university’s best humanities dissertation prize.

Matthew L. Jones

James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization
Columbia University

Matthew L. Jones is James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University.

Andrew Jungclaus

Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Religion
Columbia University

Andrew Jungclaus entered Columbia’s doctoral program in Religion in 2012 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in American Studies and English Literature from the College of William and Mary (2009) and his master’s degree in Theology from the University of Oxford (2011). Before coming to Columbia, Andrew spent a year as a research associate at Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research exploring the concept of theodicy within American civil rights struggles. Andrew's research focuses on the evolution of philanthropic models within a history of capitalism.