Faculty

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.

Charles K. Armstrong

Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences
Columbia University

Professor Armstrong’s is the author of Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950–1990 (Cornell University Press). He is also author of the Modern East Asia volume for the Wiley-Blackwell series Concise History of the Modern World, published in 2014.

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.

Nico Baumbach

Assistant Professor
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Nico Baumbach is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. His research and teaching focus on critical theory, film theory, documentary, and the intersection of aesthetic and political philosophy.

Amy Benson

Writing Program Faculty
Columbia University

Amy Benson's prose has recently appeared in PANK, Boston Review, The New England Review, Seneca Review (with interview), Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill Journal (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), diagram, Hotel Amerika, The Aviary, Everyday Genius, and elimae. Her book, The Sparkling-Eyed Boy, was chosen by Ted Conover as the 2003 winner of the Bakeless Prize in Creative Nonfiction from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University and is the co-founder (along with Stacy Parker Le Melle and Wendy S. Walters) of the First Person Plural Reading Series.

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.

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.

Jean Cohen

Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Political Thought
Columbia University

Jean Cohen specializes in contemporary political and legal theory, continental political thought, contemporary civilization, critical theory, and international political theory.