Visiting Speakers

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.

Thomas Mougey

PhD Candidate, Department of History
Maastricht University

Thomas Mougey is a PhD candidate and a tutor at the department of History at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since September 2012. His project investigates early UNESCO attempts in scientific cooperation with the Global South. It explores their limited success by reconstructing the underlying and competing views of science and international relations in a world of emergent decolonization. This project combines insights from Science and Technology for Development studies (STD) with approaches from the history of science and recent work in international history and colonial studies. He is supervised by Prof. Wiebe Bijker (promoter) and Dr. Geert Somsen (1st supervisor).

Pól Ó Dochartaigh

Professor, Registrar and Deputy President
National University of Ireland, Galway

Prof. Ó Dochartaigh is a German scholar whose work in literature and history is interdisciplinary in a German-Jewish-Irish triangle. He has worked on the legacy of the Holocaust, the German involvement in Celtic Studies and, more recently, on Jews in Irish literature and history. He has published five monographs, including the first comprehensive study of Jews in GDR literature, a biography of the Austrian Celticist Julius Pokorny and a study of relations between Germans and Jews since the Holocaust as well as six edited collections and over forty articles and chapters.

Arnaud Orain

University of Paris 8

Arnaud Orain is professor of economics at the University of Paris 8 (France) and was Davis Fellow of the History Department of Princeton University in 2015-2016. He specializes in the history of economic thought of the French Enlightenment, with a particular emphasis on anti-physiocracy on the one hand, and the links between religion (jansenism), literature and economics, on the other hand. He is currently completing a book dedicated to a cultural histroy of the John Law's financial system in France, from 1717 to the Revolution."

Jahnavi Phalkey

Senior Lecturer in History of Science and Technology
Kings College London

Jahnavi Phalkey is a historian of contemporary and twentieth century science and technology based at the India Institute, King’s College London. She holds a doctoral degree in history of science and technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Before moving to King’s, Jahnavi was Junior Research Fellow at the Imperial College London. She was recently Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin following which she was on secondment as external curator to the Science Museum London. Jahnavi is on the editorial board for the British Journal for the History of Science, and the Indian Journal for the History of Science.

Mark Pottinger

Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow of History
American Academy in Berlin

In 2004, Mark A. Pottinger founded the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Manhattan College, where he served as the department chair of an undergraduate program in art history, theater, digital media arts, and music from 2004 to 2016. He teaches courses ranging from the music of the nineteenth century to the hermeneutics of heavy metal. As an undergraduate, at Washington University in St. Louis, he started his academic career in physics, but upon receiving a Mellon Fellowship to study the German concert tours of Hector Berlioz, Pottinger turned his attention to musicology and the phenomenon of sound. He completed his master's degree at the University of Leeds, before returning to the US to earn a PhD in musicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Pottinger is the author of The Staging of History in France (2009) and has published on the cultural life of nineteenth-century France and Germany, musical aesthetics, and the mechanization of sound.

Roger Reeves

Assistant Professor, Poetry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Roger Reeves is the author of King Me and the forthcoming collection On Paradise. He has been named a Cave Canem Fellow and is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, as well as a Whiting Award. He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Irina Reyfman

Professor, Department of Slavic Languages
Columbia University

Research Interests: 18th and 19th-century Russian literature; cultural history; semiotics of culture; censorship; state service, system of ranks and the status of the writer in Russia.