Visiting Speakers

Peter Koechley


Peter Koechley is the co-founder of Upworthy, a media company on a mission to draw mass attention to the stories that matter most. Before Upworthy, he produced viral videos for the advocacy organization and served as managing editor of The Onion, America’s finest news source™.

Yukiko Koga

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Hunter College

Yukiko Koga is an anthropologist teaching at the City University of New York's Hunter College. She specializes in legal anthropology, urban space, post-colonial & post-imperial relations, history & memory, and transnational East Asia. 

Nikolay Koposov

Visiting Professor, Russian
Emory University

Nikolay Koposov is a Visiting Professor at Emory University. Previously, he worked at Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Helsinki University, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris and other schools. In 1998-2009, he was Founding Dean of Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a joint venture of Saint-Petersburg State University and Bard College (New York). 

Dimitris Kousouris

Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz

Dr. Dimitris Kousouris has studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens (2000) and pursued his graduate studies in the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France), where he received a Master's degree (DEA, 2003), and a PhD in History and Civilizations. One of his most recent publication is From Revolution To Restoration: The Greek Postwar Purges, 1944-1949, which was published in 2013.

Max Kozloff

Former Executive Editor

Max Kozloff is a former art critic for The Nation and executive editor of Artforum, where he was also associate and contributing editor. He earned a BA and MA at the University of Chicago, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. He has taught at Yale, NYU, and Cooper Union, among other schools. He has been awarded Pulitzer, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships, and in 1990, the International Center of Photography Prize for Excellence in Writing on Photography.  As a photographer, he has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including one-man shows in New York, Bombay, London, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, and group shows in New York, Zurich, Paris, Bonn, and Havana. He is the author of fifteen books, including the seminal New York: Capital of Photography (2002) and Theater of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900 (2007). He has also published numerous portfolios of photographs, among them India’s Streets (1997). Kozloff often chooses photographic subjects that pay tribute to the photographers who have figured prominently in his writing: shop windows that reference Eugène Atget, for example, or street scenes informed by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s narrative compositions. He asks not only “What is it they show?” but also “Why do we look?”, drawing attention to larger issues of image-making and social construction, while also focusing on the particular reality of the photographs.

Marnia Lazreg

Professor of Sociology
Hunter College

Marnia Lazreg is professor of sociology at Hunter College. She is a graduate of the University of Algiers from which she received a Baccalaureate in Mathematics, and Philosophy as well as a licence-ès-Lettres, with three distinctions.  She also received an MA and a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.   She was awarded fellowships at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women (Brown University); the Bunting Institute (Harvard); The Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Italy, as well as a Fulbright grant to Algeria. Her research focuses on the structures that inform cultural change as well as shape conceptions of self, identity and gender relations in societies undergoing the transition from colonial and/or economic dependence to political sovereignty. A parallel interest is to identify and theorize the frequent gap between theoretical concepts applied to non-Western societies and the reality they intend to explain, which may hamper cross cultural understanding. 

Frances Lee

Professor of Government and Politics
University of Maryland

Frances E. Lee has been a member of the Maryland faculty since 2004. She teaches courses in American government, the public policy process, legislative politics, political ambition, and political institutions. Her research interests focus on American governing institutions, especially the U.S. Congress.

Ronald Lee

Romani Canadian Author, linguist, and activist

Ronald Lee is a Romani Canadian, born in Montreal. He is a journalist and author and from 2003 to 2008, he taught a spring seminar, the Romani Diaspora in Canada (NEW 343 H1S) , at New College, University of Toronto, as part of the Equity Studies Program, Department of Humanities. He is a founding member, former executive director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roma Community Center, in Toronto, registered in 1998, which assists Romani newcomers to Canada with their social integration and serves as a cultural center which organizes ethnic Romani events for the local Romani community and to acquaint other Canadians with Romani culture, music, history and their situation in the refugee-producing countries including those who are members of the EU. Its mandate and ongoing work can be seen at