Visiting Speakers

Betty Shamieh


Betty Shamieh is a playwright, author, screenwriter, and actress. She is the author of fifteen plays.

Judith Shulevitz is the science editor and chief science writer of The New Republic. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, as well as an editor with a passion for starting or helping to start magazines (Lingua Franca, Slate).

Bonnie Smith

Board of Governors Professor of History
Rutgers University

Bonnie Smith serves as the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University, where she has taught since 1990.

Ishita Srivastava

Multimedia Producer

Ishita Srivastava spent the first twenty years of her life in India, and after completing a Bachelors degree in English Literature, moved to London to pursue a second Bachelors program, in Media and Communications.

Jordan Alexander Stein

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Fordham University

Jordan Alexander Stein specializes in early American literature; modern American literature; African American literature; literary theory; book history; and queer studies.

Frances Stewart

Professor Emeritus in Development Economics
Somerville College, University of Oxford

Frances Stewart has coauthored several UNICEF studies, including the influential Adjustment with a Human Face (OUP 1987) and War and Underdevelopment (OUP 2001).  She is the editor of Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (Palgrave, 2008).

Penny Summerfield

Professor of Modern History
University of Manchester

Penny Summerfield is a Professor of Modern History at University of Manchester.  Her most recent book is Contesting Home Defence: Men, Women and the Home Guard in Britain in the Second World War, completed in conjunction with Corinna Peniston-Bird and published by Manchester University Press in 2007.

Michael Szalay

Director, Culture, Law, and Capital Center, & Chair, English Department
University of California, Irvine

Michael Szalay studies the political economy of U. S. literature and media culture. His first two books (Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party and New Deal Modernism: American Literature and the Invention of the Welfare State) examine the relationship between literature, liberal governance, and economic crisis.