Ayten Gundogdu

Associate Professor of Political Science
Barnard College

Ayten Gündoğdu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Barnard College-Columbia University. She is a political theorist whose research centers on modern and contemporary political thought, critical approaches to human rights and humanitarianism, politics of asylum and immigration, and contemporary transformations of citizenship, sovereignty, and law. In addition to several journal articles and book chapters on these topics, Gündoğdu is the author of Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants (Oxford, 2015). The book offers a critical inquiry of human rights and reinterprets Arendt’s key concepts in the context of immigration detention, deportation, refugee camps, and struggles for regularization. Ayten Gündoğdu, associate professor of political science, joined Barnard’s faculty in 2008.  At Barnard she teaches courses on political theory and human rights.

David Gutkin

Faculty in Musicology
Peabody Institute

David Gutkin is a scholar of American and European music from the early twentieth century through the present. He received his Ph.D. in historical musicology from Columbia University in 2015 and will join the Department of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University in January 2018. Dr. Gutkin’s research focuses on technologies of mediating music (from notation to television), theories of race and modernity, the history of globalization, and relationships between musical experience and historical memory. Repertories of particular interest include opera, experimental improvisation and free jazz, various –isms of postwar composition (serialism, minimalism, spectralism), and American popular music of the last four decades. 

Matthew Hart

Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Matt Hart specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, with an emphasis on modernism, poetry, and contemporary British fiction. He is also interested in connections between literature and the visual arts and between literary history and political history. Recent classes have focused on the question of Late Modernism, on Contemporary Black British Literature, and on rethinking the nation-state/transnationalism relation in contemporary writing and critical theory.  

Heidi Hausse

Lecturer in History
Columbia University

Heidi Hausse received her PhD in History from Princeton University in 2016. Her research uses the hands-on practices of surgeons and artisans to explore life in early modern Europe, with a particular interest in the intersections of culture, medicine, and technology. Her book project, "Life and Limb: Technology, Surgery, and Bodily Loss in Early Modern Germany" examines surgical treatises and artifacts of prostheses to uncover a transformation in the way in which early moderns cut apart the body and worked to artificially put it back together. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, and the Dr. Günther Findel-Stiftung Foundation. Dr. Hausse was the 2016-2017 Molina Fellow in the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences at the Huntington. She has articles published in The Journal of Early Modern History and The Sixteenth Century Journal. 

Arden Hegele

Lecturer in English
Columbia University

Arden Hegele received her PhD from Columbia University in 2016. She specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and in the medical humanities. Her book project argues that Romantic poetry and prose borrow formal methods from medical science, especially pathology and psychiatry. Other interests include the gendered body, environmental science and technology, the British colonial project, and rare books. She is the author of “Romantic Autopsy and Wordsworth’s Two-Part Prelude,” which won the 2014 North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper and was subsequently published in European Romantic Review, as well as articles published or forthcoming in Romanticism, Partial Answers, Gender and Education, The Byron Journal, and Persuasions. Her book reviews are published or forthcoming in Public Books, Review 19, Studies in Romanticism, Victorian Network, and Partial Answers. She teaches in the Romantic Century, in the medical humanities, and from Homer to Morrison in Columbia’s Core course, “Literature Humanities.” With Rishi Goyal, she is the co-founder of the online journal Medical and Health Humanities.

Matthew L. Jones

James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization
Columbia University

Matthew L. Jones is James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University.

Andrew Jungclaus

Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Religion
Columbia University

Andrew Jungclaus entered Columbia’s doctoral program in Religion in 2012 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in American Studies and English Literature from the College of William and Mary (2009) and his master’s degree in Theology from the University of Oxford (2011). Before coming to Columbia, Andrew spent a year as a research associate at Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research exploring the concept of theodicy within American civil rights struggles. Andrew's research focuses on the evolution of philanthropic models within a history of capitalism.

Lauren Kopajtic

Lecturer in Philosophy
Columbia University

Lauren Kopajtic received her PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University. Her research explores eighteenth-century moral philosophy and literature, focusing especially on conceptions of self-control and on ways of understanding the role of the emotions in our ethical lives. She also has research interests in ancient philosophy and in the intersections between philosophy and literature. Her current project examines sentimentalist conceptions of self-control, conceptions that find sentiments and emotions—and not reason—to be the regulatory forces in human psychology. This project traces such conceptions of self-control from the philosophical theories of David Hume and Adam Smith through to the literature of Jane Austen. She is the author of “Cultivating Strength of Mind: Hume on the Government of the Passions and Artificial Virtue,” which is forthcoming in Hume Studies.