Fall 2018

Joy Connolly

Provost and Senior Vice President, Classics
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Joy Connolly is the provost and senior vice president at the Graduate Center. As the institution’s chief academic officer, she ensures the quality and performance of all degree-granting programs.  Her current priorities include opening up the Graduate Center to larger numbers of the public, including master’s students, who seek access to the Graduate Center’s intellectual strengths; developing creative non-degree programs; strengthening global partnerships; lifting the Graduate Center’s distinctive public-facing profile; and fostering innovation and experimentation in graduate education. 

Ken Corbett

Clinical Assistant Professor
New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is the author of Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinitiesand A Murder Over a Girl: Gender, Justice, Junior High. Dr. Corbett has a private practice in New York City.

Therese Cox

PhD student in English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Therese Cox is a PhD student in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She writes about contemporary British and Irish literature, architecture, and urban planning. As a 2018-19 Public Humanities Fellow, she will curate a project called You Are Here: Girls Map New York City. Together with local teaching artists and community partners, young women from New York City’s public schools will explore histories of the city, the politics of map-making and zoning, and issues of public space, race, and gender. The project will explore art, storytelling, poetry, and creative cartography as empowering practices, culminating in an exhibition and reading.

Katryn Evinson

Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University

Katryn Evinson is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American & Iberian Cultures concentrating on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Spain as its issues prove relevant to more global matters beyond Spanish borders. In her research, she is drawn to questions intersecting aesthetics and politics; more specifically, debates centered on political will, community and technology in industrial and post-industrial Spain as they unfold through literature, politics, culture, theory and art.

Katherine Ewing

Professor of Religion
Columbia University

Katherine Pratt Ewing, Professor of Religion, is also Coordinator of the Master of Arts Program in the South Asia Institute. Until 2010, she was Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Religion at Duke University, where she served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies. In 2010-2011 she was Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison before moving to Columbia’s Religion Department in 2011. Her research ranges from debates among Muslims about the proper practice of Islam in the modern world to sexualities, gender, and the body in South Asia. She has done ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan, Turkey and India, and among Muslims in Germany, The Netherlands, and the United States.

T. Austin Graham

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

T. Austin Graham is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and the author of The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2013). His work is largely on American literature's relationship to other arts and disciplines, and he has published essays in ELH, American Literary History, American Literature, and New Literary History. He is presently at work on a book about U.S. historical fiction.

Wael Hallaq

Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, MESAAS
Columbia University

Wael B. Hallaq is a scholar of Islamic law and Islamic intellectual history. His teaching and research deal with the problematic epistemic ruptures generated by the onset of modernity and the socio-politico-historical forces subsumed by it; with the intellectual history of Orientalism and the repercussions of Orientalist paradigms in later scholarship and in Islamic legal studies as a whole; and with the synchronic and diachronic development of Islamic traditions of logic, legal theory, and substantive law and the interdependent systems within these traditions.

Nabeel Hamid

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania

My project examines the reception of the mechanical view of nature in the German Enlightenment in the backdrop of the continuing influence of late Scholastic metaphysics. This research reveals doctrinal continuities between seventeenth century Lutheran Scholastics such as Christoph Scheibler and Johann Clauberg and eighteenth century proponents of mechanistic science such as Christian Wolff and Immanuel Kant as they attempt to reconcile the success of the new physics with traditional conceptions of order and design in nature. Pressure from the new mathematical physics leads authors in this tradition to reconfigure rather than abandon the Aristotelian model of causal explanation. By Kant’s time, for example, teleological explanation shifts from a concern with how the end state of a process explains its occurrence, to how a whole determines its parts. Mediating such shifts is the preservation in early modern Germany of two Scholastic theses bearing on natural teleology: the first is the “convertibility thesis”, which denies a sharp distinction between being and the good, facts and values; the second holds that explanations involving ends or purposes presuppose rational agency.