Carolyn Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

Dr. Rodriguez utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatment for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder. Her numerous studies aim to gain understanding of these behaviors at multiple levels of analysis (from molecule to behavior).

Emmanuelle Saada

Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology; Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies
Columbia University

Emmanuelle Saada’s main field of research and teaching is the history of the French empire in the 19th and 20th century, with a specific interest in law.

James Schamus

Professor of Professional Practice, Film Division, School of the Arts
Columbia University

James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Dallas Buyers Club.

Avinoam Shalem

Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam
Columbia University

Avinoam Shalem studied history of art at the universities of Tel Aviv, Munich (LMU) and Edinburgh where he earned his PhD degree in the field of Islamic art. Prior to his appointment as the Riggio Professor of the Arts of Islam at Columbia University, Shalem held the professorship of the history of Islamic art at the University of Munich and taught at the universities of Tel Aviv, Edinburgh, Heidelberg (Hochschule für jüdische Studien), Bamberg, Luzern and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He was Andrew Mellon Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2006 and Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Center in 2009. Since 2007, he is the Max-Planck Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. Shalem’s main field of interest concerns artistic interactions in the Mediterranean basin, migration of objects, and medieval aesthetics. He has published extensively on medieval Islamic, as well as Jewish and Christian art. Professor Shalem is the author and editor of nine books, including Islam Christianized (Peter Lang, second ed. 1998); The Oliphant (Brill, 2004); Facing the Wall: The Palestinian-Israeli Barriers (Walter-König, 2011); Facts and Artefacts: Art in the Islamic World. Festschrift for Jens Kröger on his 65th Birthday (Brill, 2007); and After One Hundred Years: The 1910 Exhibition »Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst« Reconsidered (Brill, 2010). He has recently edited the book Constructing the Image of Muhammad in Europe (Walter de Gruyter, 2013), which introduces the readers to the complex history of the conceptualisation and pictorialization of the Prophet Muhammad in the West, from the early medieval times till the 19th century.

Shelly Silver

Associate Professor of Visual Arts
Columbia University

Shelly Silver is is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts in the School of the Arts, Columbia University. Her work in film, video, installation and photography is funny, poetic and formally beautiful, seducing the viewer into pondering such difficult issues as the cracks in our most common assumptions, the impossibility of a shared language, and the ambivalent and yet overwhelming need to belong—to a family, a nation, a gender, an ideology. 

Joanna Stalnaker

Associate Professor of French
Columbia University

Joanna Stalnaker is interested in the organization of knowledge, representation, and literary form in the French Enlightenment. Her work lies at the intersection of the history of philosophy, science, and literature. She is the author of The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia, which won the Kenshur Prize from the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University in 2010.

Van Tran

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Columbia University

Van C. Tran is a sociologist whose primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods. Some of his recent work also adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China.

Michael Tuts

Professor of Physics
Columbia University

Michael Tuts is a high energy experimental particle physicist. His early research focused on the spectroscopy of the b-bbar bound states (the Upsilons) using the CUSB detector at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR). Presently his research is on the D0 experiment at Fermilab and the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider located at CERN.