Spring 2010

M.H. Abrams

Professor of English Emeritus
Cornell University

M.H. Abrams is an American literary critic known for his analysis of the Romantic period in English literature.

Richard Axel

University Professor and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Pathology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Richard Axel's research involves defining the logic of olfactory perception; how individual sensory neurons express a specific receptor and how the brain distinguishes which receptors have been activated.

Barry Bergdoll

Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History
Columbia University

Professor Bergdoll's broad interests center on modern architectural history, with a particular emphasis on France and Germany between 1750 and 1900. Trained in art history rather than architecture, he has an approach most closely allied with cultural history and the history and sociology of professions. He has studied questions of the politics of cultural representation in architecture, the larger ideological content of nineteenth-century architectural theory, and the changing role of both architecture as a profession and architecture as a cultural product in nineteenth-century European society.

Remo Bodei

Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University

Remo Bodei is a Fellow at the Italian Academy, Columbia.  He also serves as professor at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, working alternately in the two institutions.

Lee C. Bollinger

Columbia University

Lee C. Bollinger became the nineteenth President of Columbia University on June 1, 2002.  A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases—Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger—that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education.

Alan Brinkley

Allan Nevins Professor of American History
Columbia University

Alan Brinkley specializes in the history of twentieth-century America. From 2003 to 2009, he was University Provost, and before that he was chair of the Department of History. In 1998-99, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University, and in 2011-2012, he was the Pitt Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1991.

David Bromwich

Sterling Professor of English
Yale University

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale University.

Peter Burke

Professor Emeritus of Cultural History and Fellow of Emmanuel College
Cambridge University

Educated by the Jesuits and at Oxford (St John’s and St Antony’s), Peter Burke taught in the School of European Studies, University of Sussex from 1962 to 1979 as Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer in History and as Reader in Intellectual History.