Faculty

Caitlin Gillespie

Lecturer in Classics
Columbia University

Caitlin Gillespie joined the Department in 2016. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University, and a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Ph.D. in Classical Studies (2012). She received her Master of Studies in Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures from the University of Oxford (2006) and her B.A. in Classics from Harvard University (2005).

Lydia Goehr

Professor of Philosophy
Columbia University

Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. In 2009/2010 she received a Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award, in 2007/8 The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)'s Faculty Mentoring Award (FMA), and in 2005, a Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. She is a recipient of Mellon, Getty, and Guggenheim Fellowships.

Erik Gray

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

B.A., Cambridge (1994); Ph.D., Princeton (2000). Erik Gray specializes in poetry, particularly of nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of The Poetry of Indifference: From the Romantics to the Rubáiyát (Massachusetts, 2005) and Milton and the Victorians (Cornell, 2009), as well as the editor of Tennyson's In Memoriam (Norton, 2004) and Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book 2 (Hackett, 2006). He has also published articles on a range of poets including Virgil, Sidney, Donne, Milton, Pope, Gray, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, the Brownings, and Christina Rossetti, and recently guest-edited a special issue of Victorian Poetry on Edward FitzGerald.  He is currently working on a book about love poetry.

Gil Hochberg

Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies
Columbia University

Gil Hochberg is Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the intersections among psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, nationalism, gender and sexuality. She has published essays on a wide range of issues including: Francophone North African literature, Palestinian literature, the modern Levant, gender and nationalism, cultural memory and immigration, memory and gender, Hebrew Literature, Israeli and Palestinian Cinema, Mediterraneanism, Trauma and Narrative. Her first book, In Spite of Partition: Jews, Arabs, and the Limits of Separatist Imagination (Princeton University Press, 2007), examines the complex relationship between the signifiers “Arab” and “Jew” in contemporary Jewish and Arab literatures. Her most recent book, Visual Occupations: Vision and Visibility in a Conflict Zone (Duke University Press, 2015), is a study of the visual politics of the Israeli-Palestinian. She is currently writing a book on art, archives and the production of historical knowledge.

Joseph Howley

Associate Professor of Classics
Columbia University

Joseph A. Howley joined the department in 2011 after earning a PhD in Latin (2011) and an M Litt in Ancient History (2007) from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  He also holds a BA (2006) in Ancient Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).  He teaches Latin, Book History, and Columbia’s Literature Humanities course.  He was a 2014-2016 Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School, and is Secretary of RBS’s Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography.

John D. Huber

Professor of Political Science
Columbia University

John Huber teaches and conducts research with a focus on the comparative study of democratic processes. He recently published Exclusion by Elections: Inequality, Ethnic Identity and Democracy, which develops a theory about how inequality can foster identity politics, which can then limit the propensity of a democracy to respond to inequality. In addition to numerous articles, he previously published Rationalizing Parliament: Legislative Institutions and Party Politics in France, and Deliberate Discretion? Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy (with Charles Shipan). His current projects focus on bureaucracy, civil war and inter-generational solidarity. Huber served as chair of the political science department from 2006-09 and 2010-13, and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

Emily Jones

Lecturer in Discipline, Modern British History
Columbia University

Emily Jones specializes in the intellectual, cultural, and political history of Victorian and Edwardian Britain. More specifically, her work focuses on the development of ideas about intellectual and political traditions such as ‘C/conservatism’. Her first and most recent book, Edmund Burke and the Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830-1914: An Intellectual History, examines the transformation of Burke (1730-97) from Whig politician to ‘founder of modern conservatism’ in Britain. This is not only the story of the formative period in which Burke became a canonical political thinker, but of the process by which a distinctive tradition – ‘Burkean conservatism’ – was constructed, established, and widely circulated by 1914. She is currently working on the development of further aspects of Conservative and Unionist thought - beyond Burke - in the late Victorian and Edwardian period.

Jeremy Kessler

Associate Professor of Law
Columbia University Law School

Jeremy K. Kessler, Associate Professor of Law, is a legal historian whose scholarship focuses on First Amendment law, administrative law, and constitutional law generally. He joined the Columbia Law School faculty in 2015 and is co-director of Columbia University's 20th Century Politics and Society Workshop and Columbia Law School's Legal History Workshop. He also serves on the ABA’s Committee on the History of Administrative Law.