Faculty

Cristobal Silva

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Cristobal Silva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University where he teaches colonial and early American literature and culture as well as the history of medicine and of new world epidemics.

Carlos J. Alonso

Morris A. and Alma Shapiro Professor in the Humanities
Dean of the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences
Columbia University

Carlos J. Alonso came to the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia in fall 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Edwin B. and Leonore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages. Prof. Alonso became Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2011.

Elazar Barkan

Professor of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Elazar Barkan is Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Director of SIPA's Human Rights Concentration, and Director of Columbia's Institute for the Study of Human Rights.  His research interests focus on human rights and on the role of history in contemporary society and politics and the response to gross historical crimes and injustices.

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.

Akeel Bilgrami

Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy
Columbia University

Akeel Bilgrami is Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He earned his BA from Bombay and Oxford and his PhD from Chicago. 

Elizabeth Blackmar

Professor of History
Columbia University

Elizabeth Blackmar specializes in social and urban history. Her publications include The Park and the People: A History of Central Park (with Roy Rosenzweig, 1992) and Manhattan for Rent, 1785-1850 (1989). Her recent articles are “Of REITS and Rights: Absentee ownership at the Periphery” in City, Country, Empire: Landscapes in Environmental History (2005) and “Appropriating the Commons: The Tragedy of Property Rights Discourse” in The Politics of Public Space (2005).

Christopher L.  Brown

Professor of History
Columbia University

Christopher L. Brown, professor, specializes in the history of eighteenth century Britain, the early modern British Empire, and the comparative history of slavery and abolition, with secondary interests in the age of revolutions and the history of the Atlantic world.

Steve Coll

Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism
Columbia University

Dean Steve Coll is a staff writer at The New Yorker, the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent, and senior editor at the Washington Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. Over the years, he won the Gerald R. Loeb Award for his business coverage; the Livingston Award for his work from India and Pakistan; and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone. He served as managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004. The following year, he joined The New Yorker, where he has written on international politics, American politics and national security, intelligence controversies and the media.