Visiting Speakers

Allison Stielau

Postdoctoral Fellow, Early Modern Conversions Project
McGill University

Allison Stielau is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Early Modern Conversions Project at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas. Her focus of study is early modern object cultures in Northern Europe, c. 1400–1700. She received her PhD in the History of Art from Yale University in December 2015.

Juliet Stumpf

Professor of Law
Lewis & Clark Law School

Juliet Stumpf is a Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School.  She has published widely on the intersection of immigration and criminal law.  She seeks to illuminate the study of crimmigration law with interdisciplinary insights from sociology, psychology, criminology, and political science.

Alex J. Taylor

Assistant Professor and Academic Curator
University of Pittsburgh

Alex J Taylor is an historian of modern American art and visual culture. His research interests include transnational modernisms, studio practice, artistic self-fashioning, patrons and patronage, consumer cultures, and the intersections between art, politics and capitalism. As Academic Curator, Taylor leads the activities of Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh, a consortium of local museums and cultural institutions working together to foster collaborative collection-based research and learning. From 2014-2016, Taylor was the inaugural Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art at Tate, where he led the Refiguring American Art initiative, encompassing scholarly publications, academic workshops and gallery displays. Before shifting his focus to American art, Taylor spent a decade working as an arts administrator, critic and curator in Australia. He held key roles at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Experimenta Media Arts, and as a board member and chair of National Exhibition Touring Support (Victoria), oversaw more than fifty presentations of contemporary art, craft and design in regional and remote communities. Taylor's current book project is a history of corporate art patronage in the 1960s. He is continuing his ongoing research into the work of sculptor Alexander Calder, and is developing a new project concerning modern taste, connoisseurship and consumerism.

Adam Tooze

Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History
Columbia University

Professor Adam Tooze teaches and researches widely in the fields of twentieth-century and contemporary history.

Kristin Turney

Associate Professor of Sociology
University of California, Irvine

Kristin Turney is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and, from 2009-2011, was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan. Her research investigates the complex, dynamic role of families in creating and exacerbating social inequalities, and some of her current research examines the consequences of criminal justice contact for family life.

Nazan Üstündağ

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Nazan Üstündağ's areas of interest include theories of modernity, feminist theory, narrative methods, and ethnography of the state.

Ananya Vajpeyi

Assistant Professor
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Ananya Vajpeyi works at the intersection of intellectual history, political theory and critical philology. She is currently writing two books: one, a history of caste categories in India from pre-colonial to modern times, and the other, her long-term project, a life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956).

Lee Vinsel

Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies
Stevens Institute of Technology

Lee Vinsel is Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. His research examines the relationship between government, technological change, and the production of scientific and technical knowledge in capitalist economies.