Rachel Adams

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Rachel Adams is a writer and Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous academic articles and book reviews, as well as three books: Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (Yale University Press, 2013), which won the Delta Kappa Gamma Educators' Award; Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination and Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (both published by the University of Chicago Press). She is co-editor (with Benjamin Reiss and David Serlin) of Keywords for Disability Studies (NYU Press, 2015), (with David Savran) of The Masculinity Studies Reader (Blackwell, 2002) and editor of Kate Chopin's The Awakening (Fine Publications, 2002). Her public writing has also appeared in such places as the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education and the Times of London. In 2012 she won a Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty award.

Maggie Cao

David F. Grey Assistant Professor, Art Department
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities 2015 -16 Maggie Cao is a scholar of American art and material culture. She received her doctorate in art history from Harvard University in 2014 and did postdoctoral work at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows before coming to UNC in 2016.

Liane Carlson

Stewart Postdoctoral Research Associate
Princeton University

Public Humanities Fellow Liane Carlson received her PhD in philosophy of religion at Columbia University in 2015, where she received her M.A. (2010) and M.Phil (2012) after graduating summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University (2007).

Nicole Gervasio

Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Public Humanities Fellow Nicole Gervasio is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.  During her Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellowship, Nicole will bring together high school students from diverse backgrounds for reading and writing workshops aimed at bridging divides between them.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Assistant Professor in Classics
Princeton University

Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities 2015 -16 Dan-el Padilla Peralta studies the history of the Roman Republic and Empire, with a particular focus on trends in religious practice. He received his PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 2014 and holds previous degrees from Princeton and Oxford. While at Stanford, he held the university’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, intended to reward and encourage work across the disciplines.

Katharina Volk

Professor of Classics
Columbia University

Katharina Volk, Professor of Classics and recipient of the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award (2010-11), holds an M.A. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (1994) and a Ph.D. from Princeton University (1999) and has been teaching at Columbia since 2002.  A Latinist specializing in the literature of the late Republic and early Empire, she has a particular interest in intellectual history, Roman philosophy, and the social construction of knowledge.  Volk is the author of The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius (Oxford 2002), Manilius and his Intellectual Background (Oxford 2009; recipient of the 2010 Lionel Trilling Book Award), andOvid (Malden, MA 2010).  Her many articles range in topic from Homeric formula and Aratean letter play to Ciceronian poetry, Ovidian time, Senecan dramaturgy, Varronian (dis)order, and beyond.  Volk's current project concerns the sociology of knowledge in late Republican Rome and aims to elucidate the interplay of political and intellectual activities on the part of the Roman elite in a time of civil conflict.