Visiting Speakers

Elaine Stavro

Associate Professor
Trent University

Professor Stavro is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she received a Ph.D. with a thesis on the political theory of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. She taught in England at Wolverhampton, Guildhall, North London and Middlesex universities, before returning to Canada to teach first at Queen's University and then, in 1990, at Trent. She has taught courses in traditional and contemporary political theory, the latter including "Theorizing Political Change" and "Feminists Theorize the Political." Her research has centred mainly on the field of feminist theory. Her publications include "The Contribution of a Non-Rationalist Humanism to Feminist Theory" (Canadian Humanities Bulletin, 1992) and "Towards a Posthumanist Feminism" (Economy and Society, 1994). At present, she is completing a book on Merleau-Ponty and reconsidering the thought of Simone de Beauvoir in the context of current feminist theory.

Dustin D. Stewart

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Dustin D. Stewart is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He specializes in British literature 1660-1800, with particular interests in poetry between Milton and romanticism and in religious identity after the Restoration. He is currently working on a study of futurity and the soul in the period. A planned second book project will trace the rise of the Evangelical novel. His published articles have appeared in such venues as the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Women’s Writing, and Studies in Romanticism.

Sejal Sutaria

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow
King's College London

Sejal Sutaria is a postdoctoral Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Kings College London. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial approaches to twentieth-century global Anglophone literature with particular focus on British modernism, South Asian literature, and Dalit and indigenous writing. She has just been awarded a Marie Curie grant to complete research on a monograph entitled Multipolar Modernity and the Making of Modernist Resistance in Britain and India. She is also at work on a collaborative project about Dalit protest literature in Indian vernacular languages.

Greg Tate


Greg Tate is a writer and musician who lives in Harlem. A founding member of the Black Rock Coalition, Tate played  guitar and co-led the BRC affiliate band Women In Love which included future Burnt Sugar members Mikel Banks, Jason Di Matteo and and Lewis Flip Barnes. In 1999 he and Jared Nickerson formed Burnt Sugar which has produced 16 albums to date under Tate’s direction on Burnt Sugar’s own Avant Groidd imprint. He was a Staff Writer at The Village Voice from 1987-2003. His writings on culture and politics have also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Artforum, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Premiere, Essence, Suede, The Wire, One World, Downbeat, and JazzTimes. He was recently acknowledged by The Source magazine as one of the ‘Godfathers of Hiphop Journalism’ for his groundbreaking work on the genre’s social, political, economic and cultural implications in the period when most pundits considered it a fad. His published interviews include dialogues with Miles Davis, George Clinton, Richard Pryor, Carlos Santana, Lenny Kravitz, Sade, Erykah Badu, Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Lisa Bonet, Samuel R Delany, Ice Cube, Dexter Gordon, Betty Carter, King Sunny Ade, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Cassandra Wilson, Jill Scott, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill and Vernon Reid of Living Colour.

William Mills Todd III

Harvard College Professor
Harry Tuchman Levin Professor of Literature
Professor of Comparative Literature
Harvard University

Narrative and cultural studies; Russian, English, and French literature of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries; Russian fiction and social history; literary sociology, semiotics, Pushkin and Dostoevsky.

David Trippett

Senior University Lecturer
University of Cambridge

Dr. Trippett's research focuses on nineteenth-century intellectual history, Richard Wagner, and the philosophy of technology. Other interests include Franz Liszt and post-Classical Weimar, performance theory and the grey area between improvisation and composition, as well as posthumanism and musical creativity in the digital age.

Michael Weinstein-Reiman

PhD Student in Music Theory
Columbia University

Music theorist and composer Michael Weinstein-Reiman holds a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University, an M.Mus. in Composition from Mannes College, and an M.A. in Music Theory from the University of Oregon. His research explores philosophical and analytical connections in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries alongside the period’s reexamination of improvisation, musical technologies (instruments, tunings, and automatons), gender, and aesthetics. Other studies include the intersection of musical extemporaneity and disability, specifically blindness, and relationships between the body and musical mnemonics. As the recipient of a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the University of Oregon, he has taught aural skills and theory in addition to an analysis course on musical theatre. Michael has presented papers at various conferences, including regional meetings of the Modern Language Association (NeMLA) and the American Musicological Society (AMS-PNW).   

Clair Wills

Leonard L. Milberg Professor of Irish Letters
Princeton University

D. Phil., University of Oxford.  Clair Wills joined the faculty in 2015, having previously taught at Queen Mary, University of London, and the University of Essex. She studies Irish and British literature and culture, with a focus on the twentieth century, and issues of historical and political representation.  Her first publications were as a critic of contemporary Northern Irish poetry, examining representations of gender, history and politics in the work of writers such as Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian and Tom Paulin.  Books in this area include Improprieties: Politics and Sexuality in Northern Irish Poetry (1993) and Reading Paul Muldoon (1998).  During the 1990s she was involved in a large-scale collaborative project dedicated to anthologizing Irish women's writing, published as The Field Day Anthology of Irish Women's Writing (2002). Since then her focus has shifted towards cultural and social history, in studies such as the prize-winning That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland during the Second World War (2007) and Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO (2009).  Her most recent book is a study of the cultures of Irish migration to post-war Britain, The Best Are Leaving: Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture (2015).  She is currently writing a broader cultural history of post-war Britain, told from the perspective of European and Commonwealth immigrants, which will be published by Penguin Random House. She is Chair of Princeton’s Fund for Irish Studies series of events and seminars.