Visiting Speakers

Faiz Ahmed

Assistant Professor of History
Brown University

Trained as a lawyer and social historian, Faiz Ahmed specializes in the legal and constitutional history of the Middle East and Islamicate world. From the Ottoman Empire to the British Raj, and the eastern Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, Ahmed's primary research interests include student and scholarly networks, constitutional movements and state building, and international law and diplomacy. His first book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Harvard University Press, 2017), unearths a lost history of Muslim debates and exchange across regional divides by tracing the struggle of a diverse cast of jurists in winning Afghan independence and promulgating the country's first constitution between 1877 and 1923. 

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. 

Tariq Ali


Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.  

Lucia Allais

Assistant Professor, History and Theory of Architecture
Princeton University

Lucia Allais is an architectural historian and theorist whose work addresses the relations of architecture, preservation, politics and technology in the modern period, with a special focus on international institutions and global practices in the 20th century. 

Naomi André

Associate Director for Faculty; Associate Professor Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program
University of Michigan

Naomi André is Associate Professor in Women’s Studies, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Associate Director for Faculty at the Residential College at the University of Michigan. She received her BA in music from Barnard College and MA and PhD in musicology from Harvard University. Her research focuses on opera and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race. 

Banu Bargu

Associate Professor of Politics
The New School

Banu Bargu is Associate Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research. Banu Bargu’s main area of specialization is political theory, especially modern and contemporary political thought, with a thematic focus on theories of sovereignty, resistance, and biopolitics. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and anthropology, with a regional focus on the Middle East (especially Turkey).

Omer Bartov

John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Professor of German Studies
Brown University

Born in Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University and St. Antony's College, Oxford, Omer Bartov's early research concerned the Nazi indoctrination of the Wehrmacht and the crimes it committed in World War II, analyzed in his books, The Eastern Front, 1941-1945, and Hitler's Army. 

Soha Bayoumi

Allston Burr Assistant Dean of Harvard College, Kirkland House
Harvard University

Soha Bayoumi is the Allston Burr Assistant Dean of Harvard College, Kirkland House, and a lecturer in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Trained in political theory and philosophy and intellectual history, she works on the question of justice at the intersection of political philosophy, intellectual history and science studies. With a focus on health and medicine, her research addresses the question of health and social justice, biomedical ethics and the links between medicine and politics, with a geographical focus on the Middle East and a special interest in postcolonial and gender studies. In addition to teaching courses on health, medicine and gender, she has also taught courses in European and American intellectual history as well as the intellectual history of the modern and contemporary Middle East. She is currently finishing a book manuscript (co-authored with Sherine Hamdy, Brown University) on the role of doctors in the Egyptian uprising, and working on another book project on the question of health and social justice and the social roles of doctors in postcolonial Egypt.