Visiting Speakers

Vanessa Agard-Jones

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University

Vanessa Agard-Jones earned her PhD from the joint program in Anthropology and French Studies at New York University, where she was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and recipient of the Bourse Chateaubriand. A political anthropologist specializing in the study of gender and sexuality in the African diaspora, her ethnographic research focuses on the intersections of sexual and environmental politics and their relationship to debates about sovereignty in the (French) Caribbean.

A. Van Jordan  earned a BA in English literature from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and an MA in communications from Howard University. After attending poetry readings in the Washington, D.C., area in his late 20s, Jordan became interested in writing poetry. He received an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in 1998. Rise won a PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was selected for the Book of the Month Club of the Academy of American Poets. M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A received the Anisfield-Wolf Award. Jordan has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize. He has taught at a number of graduate writing programs, among them the University of Texas at Austin, Warren Wilson College, and the University of Michigan.

Shamshad Abdullaev

Poet and Translator

Shamshad Abdullaev was born November 1, 1957 in Fergana, Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Fergana Pedagogical Institute in 1979 with a degree in Russian literature. The founder of the “Fergana School” of Russophone poetry, he is the author of four books of poetry, including most recently Approach of Borderlands (2013) and two books of essays.

Konstantin Akinsha

Guest Fellow
Max Weber Kolleg, Erfurt, Germany

Konstantin Akinsha studied at the Shevchenko Art School in Kyiv, Ukraine, and in 1986 completed a Masters in Art History at the Moscow State University in Russia. He obtained his Candidate of Art History at the Research Insititute of Art History in Moscow in 1990, and started a Ph.D at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2005. In the course of his career he has been curator at the Kyiv Museum of Western and Oriental Art, Kyiv, Ukraine, Moscow correspondent for ARTnews, contributing editor for ARTnews magazine, New York, as well as a Research Fellow at both the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany and Bremen Kunstverein, East European Institute of Bremen University, Bremen, Germany. From 1999-2000 he was also Deputy Research Director Art and Cultural Property, Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, Washington, DC. In 2006 he became the European Correspondent for ARTnews magazine in Budapest, and in 2007 he also became a Eugene and Davmel Shklar Fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University. He has written a number of books, including The Funeral of the Revolution. (Boston: MIT press, 2008), and The Holy Place. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.) (co-authored with Gregorii Kozlov, with Sylvia Hochfield).

Giulia Albanese

Faculty Member
Department Page

Giulia Albanian is a researcher at the University of Padua, studying the origins of Fascism. 

Linda Martín Alcoff

Professor of Philosophy
Hunter Collge

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her writing has focused on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, Foucault, Dussel, and Latino issues in philosophy. She has written two books: Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory (Cornell 1996), and she has edited ten.

Diana Allan

Postdoctoral Fellow
Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

Diana Allan is a British anthropologist and a fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. She received the MEMO prize for her book: Refugees of Revolution: Experiences of Exile.

Hilton Als

Critic and Author

Hilton Als is a prolific author and theater critic at the New Yorker.