Faculty

Joshua Banks Mailman

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Music
Columbia University

Joshua Banks Mailman has been teaching music at Columbia University, NYU, U.C. Santa Barbara, and University of Alabama, since earning his Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Eastman School in 2010. He researches form from flux: dynamic form. He creates interactive audio-visual computer music and writes on analysis of music of Schoenberg, Crawford Seeger, Carter, Babbitt, Ligeti, Lucier, Ashley, Grisey and others, as well as on issues of metaphor, narrative, computational modeling, improvisation, and phenomenology. His writings appear in Music Analysis, Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Sonic Studies, Tempo, Psychology of Music, Music Theory Online, Open Space Magazine, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and Perspectives of New Music. 

Kristina Milnor

Tow Associate Professor of Classics
Barnard College

Kristina Milnor, Tow Associate Professor of Classics, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1998. In addition to her PhD in Classical Studies, she holds a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Premilla Nadesen

Professor of History
Barnard College

Premilla Nadasen joined the Barnard faculty in 2013 and is affiliated with the American Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies programs.  She teaches, researches, and writes about race, gender, social policy, and organizing. Her most recent book, Household Workers Unite, examines how African American domestic workers in the U.S. strategically used storytelling to develop a political identity and through their organizing reshaped the landscape of labor organizing.  She has won numerous awards and honors for her work.  She is currently writing a biography of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba.

Frances Negrón-Muntaner

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. She is the recipient of Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships as well as a Social Science Research Council and Andy Warhol Foundation grants. She is the editor of several books, including Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Nationalism and Colonialism; None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era, and Sovereign Acts.

Edmund S. Phelps

Director of the Center on Capitalism and Society
Columbia University

 Edmund Phelps, the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics, is Director of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. Born in 1933, he spent his childhood in Chicago and, from age six, grew up in Hastings-on Hudson, N.Y. He attended public schools, earned his B.A. from Amherst (1955) and got his Ph.D. at Yale (1959). After a stint at RAND, he held positions at Yale and its Cowles Foundation (1960 - 1966), a professorship at Penn and finally at Columbia in 1971. He has written books on growth, unemployment theory, recessions, stagnation, inclusion, rewarding work, dynamism, indigenous innovation and the good economy.

Wayne Proudfoot

Professor of Religion
Columbia University

Wayne Proudfoot (B.S., Yale, 1961; B.D., Harvard Divinity, 1965; Th.M., Harvard Divinity, 1966; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1972) is a Professor, specializing in the philosophy of religion. His research interests include contemporary philosophy of religion, the ideas of religious experience and mysticism, classical and contemporary pragmatism, and modern Protestant thought. He teaches courses on eighteenth and nineteenth century European religious thought, theories and methods for the study of religion, philosophy of religion, and pragmatism and religion. His publications include "God and the Self" and "Religious Experience". His current research is on pragmatism and American religious thought. He has published articles on Charles Peirce and William James and is working on a book on that topic.

Sarah R. bin Tyeer

Assistant Professor, Arabic Literature
Columbia University

Robert Remez​

Professor of Psychology
Barnard College

Robert Remez, professor of psychology, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1980. His teaching focuses on the relationships among perception, cognition and language. Since 1985, Professor Remez's research has been supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders under the project "Sensory and Perceptual Factors in Spoken Communication." One line of his research examines the perceptual organization of speech and seeks to explain how listeners can follow speech amid the sounds that strike the ear. In a second line of research, he studies the perceptible differences between individual talkers and the phonetic and qualitative aspects of these indexical properties.