Dorothy Ko

Professor of History
Barnard College

Professor Ko is a cultural historian who specializes in gender and body in early modern China. Her current research focuses on women's artistry and skills in textiles, which constitute an alternative knowledge system to male-centered textual scholarship. Her teaching interests also include the history of women and gender in East Asia; feminist theories; and visual and material cultures.

Richard Locke

Columbia University

Richard Locke is a critic and essayist, the author of more than 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, The Threepenny Review, BookForum, Salmagundi, The Yale Review, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and other publications. He has taught writing, English, and comparative literature at Columbia University and has served as chair of the Writing Program and director of nonfiction. He is a recipient of the Columbia University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and of the Great Teacher Award of the School of the Arts Alumni Association.

Phillip Lopate

Professor and Nonfiction Director
Columbia University

Phillip Lopate is an author and the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University, where he also teaches writing. 

Sharon Marcus

Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University as well as the co-founder and co-editor in chief of Public Books, a bimonthly review of books, arts, and ideas.

Mark Mazower

Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies
Department of History
Columbia University

Mark Mazower is a historian and writer, specialising in modern Greece, 20th century Europe, and international history.

Marilyn McCoy

Adjunct Professor of Music
Columbia University

Marilyn L. McCoy completed her doctorate at the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled "Gustav Mahler's Path to the New Music:  Musical Time and Modernism."  She has served on the music faculties of Clark University, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Brandeis University, MIT, and the University of New Hampshire.

Edward Mendelson

Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities
Columbia University

Edward Mendelson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities.

Monica Miller

Associate Professor of English
Barnard College

Professor Miller specializes in African-American and American literature and cultural studies. Her research interests include twentieth- and -twenty-first-century African-American literature, film, and contemporary art; contemporary literature and cultural studies of the black diaspora; performance studies; and intersectional studies of race, gender, and sexuality.