Sneha Annavarapu's dissertation research focuses the politics of road safety intiatives in Hyderabad, India. Her previous research on the self-fashioning of the emerging Indian middle class has been published in the Journal of Consumer Culture and the Journal of Developing Societies. Annavarapu is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology.
Jessica Baker is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in contemporary popular music of and in the Circum-Caribbean. Her research interests include tempo and aesthetics, coloniality, decolonization, and race/gender and respectability. Her work in progress, “Too Fast: Music, Coloniality, and Time in St. Kitts and Nevis,” examines the relationship between perceptions of tempo and gendered and raced legacies of colonization. Baker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music.
Will Boast is the author of a short story collection, Power Ballads (2011), and a best-selling memoir, Epilogue (2014), in addition to his writings in The New Republic, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. His debut novel, Daphne, will be published in 2018. Boast is Lecturer in the Program in Creative Writing.
Claudia Brittenham is a scholar of ancient Mesoamerican art whose research focuses on how the materiality of art and the politics of style contribute to our understanding of the ontology of images. Her current book project, “Unseen Art: Vision and Memory in Ancient Mesoamerica,” explores problems of visibility and the status of images in Mesoamerica. Her latest book is The Murals of Cacaxtla: The Power of Painting in Ancient Mexico (2015). Brittenham is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History.
Adrienne Brown studies American and African-American cultural production in the twentieth century. Co-editor of Race and Real Estate (2015), Brown’s forthcoming book, The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race (2017), explores the influence of architecture and urban planning on literary form, and analyzes how scale and proximity shape our understanding of race. Brown is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Benjamin Callard is a philosopher with specializations in ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. He also has strong interests in the philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of the mind, and the philosophy of language. In June 2017, he received the Division of the Humanities’ 2017 Janel M. Mueller Award for Excellence in Pedagogy. Callard is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.
Thomas Christensen is a musicologist with a special interest in the history of music theory. He has written on the musical theory of French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, the writings of seventeenth–century savants Marin Mersenne and Seth Calvisius, problems in the historiography of music theory, and many more. Several of these articles were reprinted in The Work of Music Theory (2014). Currently the Director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Christensen is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Department of Music.
Margareta Ingrid Christian studies German literary and cultural history from the eighteenth century to the present. Her current book project is a cultural history of air around 1900, drawing on poetry, dance, art historical writings, and occult photography to analyze air as a concept in this period. She is the co-translator of a facsimile edition of the journal G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923–1926 (2010). Christian is assistant professor in the Department of Germanic Studies.
Rachel Cohen is the author of A Chance Meeting (2005) and Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade (2013). In her work she draws on biography, art history, literary criticism, and the lyric essay. In addition to her two books, Cohen has written for publications including The New Yorker, The Believer, Apollo Magazine, Art in America, The New York Times, The Guardian, and the London Review of Books, among others. Cohen is Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Program in Creative Writing.
Steven Collins is a scholar of the social and cultural history of Buddhism in premodern and modern South and Southeast Asia, and an expert in Pali language and literature. His current research interests include the varieties and civilizational place of wisdom and the Buddhist practices of self. Author of many books and articles, his most recent publication is Readings of the Vessantara Jātaka (2016). Collins is Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations.
Phillipe Desan studies Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) and the history of ideas in sixteenth–century France. General Editor of the journal Montaigne Studies, Desan has also edited numerous sixteenth–century texts, including the first color reproduction of Montaigne’s Bordeaux Copy of the Essais. His most recent publication is the authoritative biography, Montaigne: A Life (2017). Desan is the Howard L. Willett Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Rachel DeWoskin is the award-winning author of the novels Blind (2014), Big Girl Small (2011), Repeat After Me (2009), and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing (Norton 2005), which is being developed into a television series at BBC America. Her novel Second Circus, set in 1940’s Shanghai, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2018. DeWoskin’s essays, articles, and poems have been published widely, in journals including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Ploughshares. DeWoskin is Lecturer in the Program in Creative Writing.
Virginio L. Ferrari is an internationally-acclaimed contemporary sculptor who has exhibited his work around the world. He has more than thirty monumental public sculptures in Chicago alone, including Dialogo (1971) and several others located on the University of Chicago campus. From 1966 to 1976 Ferrari was Assistant Professor of Art and Sculptor in Residence at the University of Chicago and since then has remained in Chicago where he has devoted his full energies to sculpting. In 1992, Ferrari was awarded the Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, and was elected Corresponding Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Humanities, in 2005.
Rachel Galvin is a specialist in twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry of the Americas, as well as a poet and literary translator. Her first monograph, News of War: Civilian Poetry, 1936–1945, will be published in September 2017. Her poems, translations, and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, Poetry, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Galvin is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Paola Iovene is a scholar of twentieth and twenty-first Chinese literature and film, with additional interests in Chinese opera film, translation, and media studies. She is the author of Tales of Future Past: Literature and Anticipation in Contemporary China (2014), which traces how feelings about the future have shaped literary institutions, genres, and texts in socialist and post-socialist China. Iovene is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
Jennifer Iverson is a scholar of twentieth-century music, with a special emphasis on mid-century music, avant-gardism, electronic music, sound studies, and disability studies. Her book-in-progress, “Electronic Inspirations,” analyzes the cultural impact of mid-century electronic music and how the electronic music studio reclaimed wartime technology and ideas and put them to artistic use. Iverson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music.
Mannat Johal researches the archaeology of the medieval in southern India. She focuses on the corpus of medieval ceramics from the region and studies relationships between practices of making routine objects and experiences of time. Mannat is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology.
Joya John is a PhD student in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her research is situated at the intersection of environmental history, energy humanities and literary studies. She is interested in vernacular ideas of nature, environment and habitat in Hindi literature, postcolonial ecocriticism and modern Hindi literary history.
Robert L. Kendrick studies early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin American music, historical anthropology, and the visual arts. Author of articles and books ranging from seventeenth-century opera to Latin American colonial music, his most recent book is Singing Jeremiah: Music and Meaning in Holy Week (2014). He also advised or worked with a range of early music performers, including Chicago’s Newberry Consort, Bologna’s Cappella Artemisia, and Boston’s La Donna Musicale. Kendrick is Professor in the Department of Music.
Deborah Nelson is a scholar of late twentieth-century United States culture and politics, with specific interests in American literature (including poetry, novels, essays, and plays), gender and sexuality studies, autobiography and confessional writing, and Cold War history. A founding member of the Post45 collective, which publishes an online journal and a book series with Stanford University Press, her latest book is Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil (2017). Nelson is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.
William Nickell is a cultural historian specializing in mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century Russia. His research focuses on media studies and cultural production, with close attention to the effects of large-scale social, economic and technical change. He also publishes extensively on Tolstoy, including a forthcoming companion to War and Peace. He is the author of The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910 (2010) and A Companion to Tolstoy’s War and Peace. (2013). Nickell is Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Larry F. Norman is a specialist in seventeenth– and eighteenth–century French literature, theater, and intellectual history. Specifically his research focuses on how individual works paly with social norms and literary expectations. Editor or co-editor of several volumes, Norman is the author of The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early Modern France (2011) and The Public Mirror: Moliere and the Social Commerce of Depiction (1999). He most recently co-curated the exhibition Classicisms at the Smart Museum of Art. Norman is the Frank L. Sulzberger Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies.
Susanne Paulus is an Assyriologist with a research focus on the social, legal, and economic history of the Ancient Near East, especially of the Middle Babylonian Period/Kassite Period (1500–1000 BC). She combines traditional methods of archival reconstruction with newer instruments like Historic Social Network Analysis to reconstruct family structures, administrative organization, and the socio-political and economic landscape of Babylonia. Paulus is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Srikanth Reddy is a poet and scholar whose creative work falls within a broad paradigm of Asian American, diasporic, and transnational poetics. He is the author of two poetry collections, a book-length poem entitled Readings in World Literature (2011), and a critical study of poetry, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry (2012). Reddy is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Committee on Creative Writing.
Martha T. Roth is an Assyriologist whose research and publications focus on the legal and social history of the ancient Near East, with primary interests on family law, women’s legal and social issues, and on the compilation and transmission of legal norms. She was the Editor-in-Charge of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, bringing the 26th and final volume in the series to publication in 2011. Roth is the Chauncey S. Boucher Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Oriental Institute.
Foy Scalf is Research Associate, Head of Research Archives, Head of the Oriental Institute Integrated Database project, and Principal Investigator for the Oriental Institute Demotic Ostraca Online project. He received his PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago in 2014. His publications include studies of ancient Egyptian grammar, religious practices, textual transmission, as well as editions of Demotic and hieratic texts. Scalf is guest curator of the Oriental Institute special exhibit, Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt, and editor of the accompanying catalog.
Bart Schultz is a philosopher with wide interests in philosophy and social justice. As Exectuive Director of the Civic Knowledge Project, he has developed an array of public ethics programs for building community connections on Chicago’s South Side, including the award-winning Winning Words Precollegiate Philosophy Program. He is the author of several books, including the recently published The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians (2017). Schultz is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.
Laura Steward is the Director of the Open Practice Committee and Curator of Public Art at the University of Chicago. Previously she served as director of arts programming at the Santa Fe Institute, Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe, and Senior Curator at MASS MoCA.
Vu Tran is a writer whose first novel, Dragonfish (2015), was a New York Times Notable Book. His short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, A Best of Fence, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and other publications. Tran is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Committee on Creative Writing.
Christina von Nolcken studies Anglo-Scandinavian relations towards the end of the Anglo-Saxon period and in late-fourteenth and fifteenth-century devotional texts. Much of her writing has been on texts prepared by the followers of John Wyclif (d. 1384) as part of their program to bring education—and especially religious education—to the people. Von Nolcken is Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Youqin Wang is a scholar of Chinese history and culture. A language instructor, her research has focused on the victims of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. For decades her project, available online, has been to collect the names and locations of the many previously unnamed victims. Wang is Senior Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
John Wee is an expert in the scientific, medical, and mathematical traditions of ancient Mesopotamia and Greece. He has written several journal articles on these topics and and is editor of a volume on The Comparable Body: Analogy and Metaphor in Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman Medicine (2017), and author of the forthcoming Knowledge and Rhetoric in Medical Commentary (2018) and Mesopotamian Commentaries on the Diagnostic Series Sa-gig (2018). Wee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Oriental Institute.
David Wellbery is a scholar of German literature and culture. Two of his books, Lessing’s Laocoön (1984) and The Specular Moment (1996), are considered classics in the field of German literary history, and his edited volume, Positionen der Literaturwissenschaft: Acht Modellanalysen am Beispiel von Kleists “Erdbeben in Chile” (1984), has for three decades served as the principal introduction to literary theory for students of German literature. His current research project is a large-scale study of Goethe’s literary work and scientific and aesthetic writings. Wellbery is the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies.
Jennifer Wild is a scholar of experimental film, modernism and the avant-garde, French cinema, and cinema’s relation to the other arts. Wild is currently researching a history of the arrival of the moving image into galleries as art works. She is the author of The Parisian Avant-Garde in the Age of Cinema, 1900–1923 (2015). Wild is Associate Professor in the Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures.
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