Visiting Speakers

Arvind Rajagopal

Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
New York University

Arvind Rajagopal is Professor of Media Studies at NYU, and is an affiliated faculty in the Departments of Sociology, and Social and Cultural Analysis. In the year 2010-11, he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His books include Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (Cambridge, 2001), which won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association of Asian Studies and the Daniel Griffiths Prize at NYU, both in 2003, and The Indian Public Sphere: Structure and Transformation (Oxford, 2009).

Lukas Rieppel

David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History
Brown University

Lukas Rieppel works at the intersection of the history of science and the history of capitalism, focusing especially on the life sciences in 19th and 20th century America. He is currently working on a book (under contract with Harvard University Press) that traces how dinosaurs became a symbol of American economic might and power during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Entitled "Assembling the Dinosaur: Science, Museums, and American Capitalism, 1870-1930," this project uses the history of paleontology as a means to examine how the ideals, norms, and practices of modern capitalism shaped the way scientific knowledge was made, certified, and distributed.

Uzma Rizvi

Associate Professor of Social Science & Cultural Studies
Pratt Institute

Uzma Z. Rizvi is Associate Professor of Social Science & Cultural Studies at The Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY. She is also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of International Studies, American University of Sharjah.

Jamal Roberts

Darkroom Productions

Jamal Roberts founded Darkroom Productions with his friend Juan Donovan Bell. Over the years he and partner have produced for groundbreaking artists such as R. Kelly, Wale, Kevin Gates, Young Money, Maino, Bad Boy Records, and many more.

Jacqueline Rose

Professor of Humanities
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London

Jacqueline Rose is a world-renowned critic and one of the most influential and provocative scholars working in the humanities today. She is also among the most wide ranging, with books on Zionism, feminism, Sylvia Plath, children’s fiction, and psychoanalysis.

Emily Ryo

Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology
University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Emily Ryo is an assistant professor of law and sociology at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. Immediately prior to joining USC, she was a research fellow at Stanford Law School.

Paul K. Saint-Amour

Associate Professor of English
University of Pennsylvania

Paul K. Saint-Amour is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He works on Victorian and modernist literature, with special interests in the novel, law, trauma, and visual culture studies. After receiving his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from Stanford, he taught at Pomona College for ten years before joining the Penn faculty.

Chie Sakakibara

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Oberlin College

Chie Sakakibara is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College. Her current research focuses on global warming and its influence on traditional human relationships with the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) in the Alaskan Arctic.