Visiting Speakers

Jonathan Allen Lethem is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer. He is the author of seven novels.

Karen Levy

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Karen Levy

Karen Levy is a postdoctoral research associate at NYU School of Law's Information Law Institute and NYU's Department of Media, Culture and Cummunication.  

Beth Lew-Williams

Assistant Professor
Princeton University

Beth Lew-Williams is a historian of race and migration in the United States, specializing in Asian American history. Her current project examines the role of Chinese migration and anti-Chinese violence in the making of modern U.S. border control. Her manuscript, The Chinese Must Go (under contract with Harvard University Press), offers a new history of Chinese Exclusion that maps the tangled relationships between local racial violence, federal immigration policy, and U.S. imperial ambitions in Asia.

Robin Lewis

Provost’s Fellow in Creative Writing & Literature
University of Southern California

Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in the Creative Writing & Literature PhD Program at USC. She writes poetry and essays that have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, Callaloo, GCN, The Pocket Myth Series (Orpheus & The Odyssey) and have been anthologized in Black Silk and The Encyclopedia Project, F-K (forthcoming). A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard's Divinity School.

Jacques Lezra

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
New York University

Jacques Lezra joined the faculty at NYU in 2005. He is Professor of Comparative Literature, English, German, and Spanish and Portuguese, and Chair of the Comparative Literature Department. Born in Madrid of a Moroccan-Spanish-West Virginian family, professor Lezra received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 1990, and before coming to NYU taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, at Yale, Harvard, and at the Bread Loaf School of English.

Julie Livingston

Visiting Professor of History, Social and Cultural Analysis
New York University

Julie Livingston is interested in care as a social practice and the human body as a moral condition and mode of experience. Much of her research has focused on the ethical entanglements engendered by bodily vulnerability. She is also a committed ethnographer, whose work moves across and often combines the disciplines of history, public health, and anthropology.

Anna Loretoni

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa

Anna Loretoni and associate professor of Political Philosophy at the la Scuola di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna in Pisa, where since 2011 she has been coordinator of the PhD in " Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability." She is currently a visiting scholar at the Italian Academy at Columbia University.

Paul Lovejoy

Distinguished Research Professor and Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History
York University

Paul E. Lovejoy is a Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto and holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, and a member of the UNESCO 'Slave Route' Project. He is currently compiling a biographical database of enslaved Africans and their descendants.