Visiting Speakers

Nicholas Mathew

Associate Professor, Music History
University of California, Berkeley

Nicholas Mathew holds a PhD from Cornell University, where he also studied period pianos with Malcolm Bilson. Before joining Berkeley, he returned to Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow in Music at Jesus College.  For three years he was co-editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Music, and he remains on its editorial board, as well as the advisory board of Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Małgorzata Mazurek

Associate Professor of Polish Studies
Columbia University

Malgorzata Mazurek specializes in modern history of Poland and East Central Europe. Her interests include twentieth-century social sciences, international development, social history of communism and Polish-Jewish relations.

Josephine McDonagh

Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature
King's College London

Josephine McDonagh is a professor of literature at King’s College, London,  having previously taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cork, Exeter, and Birkbeck, University of London. Her work mainly concerns later 18th and 19th century British literature and culture.  She has written monographs on Thomas De Quincey (De Quincey’s Disciplines [1994]), George Eliot (George Eliot [1997]), and on the figurations of child murder in British culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Child Murder and British Culture, 1720-1900 [2003]). Her revised edition of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was published in Oxford University Press’s ‘Worlds Classics’ series in 2008.  The OUP website hosts an audio guide to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in which she introduces the novel. She has co-edited volumes of essays on gender politics (Political Gender: Texts and Contexts [1994]), literature and science (Encounters: Transactions between Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century [2002]) , and most recently, with Colin Jones and Jon Mee, an interdisciplinary volume on Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution (Charles Dickens and the French Revolution [2009]). Her current work examines the literature and the culture of migration in the nineteenth century.

Peter Meineck

Professor of Classics in the Modern World

Peter Meineck was born in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England and grew up in South London. He studied at University College London (BA Hons Ancient world Studies) and the University of Nottingham (PhD Classics), where he was fortunate enough to be taught by Pat Easterling and Alan Sommerstein. He has pursued parallel  careers in both professional theatre and classics and has worked extensively in London and New York Theatre as a technician, production manager, designer, producer and director. In 1991 he founded Aquila Theatre and was its artistic director until 2011. He now serves on the board of Aquila. He has produced and/or directed 58 shows, written, translated or adapted 23, and designed lighting for 45 in New York, London, Holland, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, and the United States in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the ancient Stadium at Delphi, Lincoln Center, and the White House. He also created Aquila’s education program at Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem and Aquila’s national theatre education programs. He has also held appointments at Princeton University and USC and is Honorary Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham. Peter Meineck has published several volumes of translations of Greek comedy and tragedy with Hackett and his translation of Aeschylus' Oresteia was awarded the 2001/2 Louis Galantiere Award by the American Translators Association. He received the 2009 NYU Golden Dozen Teaching Award, a 2009 Humanities Initiative Team Teaching Award, the American Philological Association Outreach Prize and a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman's Special Award. He is also a volunteer Fire Fighter an with Bedford FD in New York, an Emergency Medical Technician in Katonah, NY and the proud father of Sofia Estrella and Marina Hippolyta. Peter Meineck teaches ancient drama, ancient theatre production, classical literature and mythology, ancient war and society, global literature, theatre history, cognitive theory as applied to ancient studies and drama, dramaturgy, directing, arts administration, and applied theatre. 

Robin Feuer Miller

Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities
Brandeis University

Professor Miller is Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities and Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature. She teaches and studies the fiction of writers in the nineteenth century. Her particular interest is in the novel, especially the novels of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Dickens. Her books include "Dostoevsky and The Idiot: Author, Narrator and Reader" (Harvard University Press, 1981), "Dostoevsky's Unfinished Journey" (Yale University Press, 2007), and "The Brothers Karamazov: Worlds of the Novel" (second edition, 2008, Yale University Press) as well as numerous articles and several edited or co-edited volumes, including "Tolstoy and the Genesis of War and Peace" (with Donna Tussing Orwin), by Kathryn B. Feuer (Cornell University Press, 1996) and "The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel" (with Malcolm V. Jones), (Cambridge University Press, 1998). The former work appeared in Russian translation in 2002.

Veera Mitzner

Departmental Guest
Princeton University

Veera Mitzner is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and a Departmental Guest at Princeton University. After receiving her PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, in 2013, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Network for European Studies, University of Helsinki and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Turku. In 2011, she was a Visiting Scholar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Her principal research interests include European political and economic integration, Cold War history, research policy, and the history and politics of the Nordic countries.

Isabelle Moindrot

Professor
University of Paris 8

Born in London, Isabelle Moindrot is a professor of Theater Studies at the University of Paris 8. She is known for her work on contemporary operatic direction and on 18th century Italian opera. 

Michelle Moody-Adams

Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory
Columbia University

Michele Moody-Adams is currently Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University, where she served as Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education from 2009-2011. Before Columbia, she taught at Cornell University, where she was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life.   She has also taught at Wellesley College, the University of Rochester and Indiana University, where she served as an Associate Dean.