Visiting Speakers

Rakesh Khurana

Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development

Harvard Business School

Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. Professor Khurana's work, with Professor Nitin Nohria, aims to legitimate the study of leadership as a multi-disciplinary field.

Eric Klinenberg

Professor of Sociology
New York University

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University, a popular author, and editor of the journal Public Culture.

Benjamin Kohlmann

Assistant Professor of English Literature
University of Freiburg

Benjamin Kohlmann is Assistant Professor of English literature at the University of Freiburg and Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Anna Kornbluh

Assistant Professor in the Department of English
University of Illinois at Chicago

Anna Kornbluh’s research and teaching interests center on Victorian literature and Critical Theory. She is the author of Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form, which studies the emergent trope of “psychic economy” in the period of financialization. 

Seth Koven

Associate Professor of History
Rutgers University

Seth Koven’s teaching and research interests include gender, social, economic, and cultural history of Europe, 1750 to the present, with particular focus on Great Britain; Modern European women's history; the history of sexuality; comparative urban and cultural history.

Vesna Kuiken

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English
Columbia University

Vesna Kuiken is completing her dissertation, entitled "Revolutionary Ecstasy," on alternative conceptions of community in nineteenth-century American literature; she is also currently researching the convergence of fiction and politics in utopian literature.

Nick Laird


Nick laird is the author of the poetry collections Go Giants (2012), On Purpose (2007), and To A Fault (2005) and the novels Glover’s Mistake (2009) and Utterly Monkey (2005).

Thomas Laqueur

Helen Fawcett Professor
University of California, Berkeley

Thomas Laqueur serves at Helen Fawcett Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on Britain since 1509, particularly the social history of medicine.