Faculty

Jonathan  Bolton

Jonathan Bolton

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Jonathan Bolton's research crosses back and forth between literary studies and history. His book Worlds of Dissent combines approaches from both disciplines to offer a new approach to the dissident movements in East Central Europe under Communism. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Czech literature, history, and culture, as well as comparative European literatures more generally.

Julie A. Buckler

Julie A. Buckler

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature
Co-teaching Humanities 11c. Frameworks: The Art of Reading

 

Professor Julie Buckler's  areas of interest include Russian literature, 19th-century and pre-revolutionary prose, 18th-century literature, West European and American literature, cultural studies and semiotics, performing arts (opera, ballet, drama, music) and performance studies, urban studies, imperialism, monuments and commemorations, the presence of the past, the art of interpretation, literary canon and popular culture.

Amanda  Claybaugh

Amanda Claybaugh

Samuel Zemurray Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of English

Amanda Claybaugh received her BA in English from Yale University in 1993 and her PhD in English from Harvard University in 2001. After teaching at Columbia University for nine years, she returned to Harvard in 2010. She is on the faculty of the English department, and she is associated with the programs in History and Literature and American Civilization. She also co-organizes the American Literature and Culture seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center.

Thomas  B. F. Cummins

Thomas B. F. Cummins

Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art
Thomas Cummins is The Dumbarton Oaks Professor of the History of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art and Chairman of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. He has a Ph.D. from UCLA, 1988. He taught for eleven years at the University of Chicago and was the Director of The Center of Latin American Studies from 1998-2001. He was also the acting Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University 2003-04. He has lived and taught in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Emma Dench

Emma Dench

McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

Professor Emma Dench will be teaching in the new Humanities Colloquium: Essential Works 2.  She was born in York, England, grew up near Stratford-Upon-Avon, and studied at Wadham College, Oxford (BA Hons Literae Humaniores 1987) and at St. Hugh's College, Oxford (DPhil in Ancient History 1993). Before taking up a joint appointment in the Departments of the Classics and of History at Harvard in January 2007, she taught classics and ancient history at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Edward Hall

Edward Hall

Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy

Edward Hall works mainly on metaphysics and philosophy of science, with a special emphasis on philosophical problems associated with the foundations of quantum physics. In the philosophy of physics, his current research focuses on disentangling the various problems associated with the quantum mechanical treatment of measurement, and on elucidating the implications of and conceptual basis for the usual quantum mechanical description of systems containing identical particles.

John Hamilton

John Hamilton

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature and of Germanic Languages and Literatures

 

Professor Hamilton has held previous teaching positions in Comparative Literature and German at Harvard and New York University, with visiting professorships in Classics at the University of California-Santa Cruz and at Bristol University's Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition. In 2005 - 06 he was a resident fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Since 1995, he has been actively involved with the Leibniz-Kreis, a working group originally based in Heidelberg, which is devoted to the "Afterlife of Antiquity."

Robin Kelsey

Robin Kelsey

Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography
Dean of Arts and Humanities

 

Robin Kelsey is Dean of Arts and Humanities and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in art history from Harvard and a JD from Yale Law School and has practiced law in California. 

Wai-yee Li

Wai-yee Li

Professor of Chinese Literature

Wai-yee Li has been Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard since 2000. Li earned her B.A. from the University of Hong Kong and her Ph.D. from Princeton University (1987), where she was associate professor from 1996 to 2000. She also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Li’s research spans topics ranging from early Chinese thought and narrative to late imperial Chinese literature and culture.

Richard Moran

Richard Moran

Brian D. Young Professor of Philosophy

 

Professor Richard Moran received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1989 and began teaching at Princeton, coming to Harvard in 1995. His interests include philosophy of mind and moral psychology, the nature of testimony, aesthetics and the philosophy of literature, and the later Wittgenstein.

Robb Moss

Robb Moss

Harvard College Professor
Department of Visual and Environmental Studies

Robb Moss's most recent project, Containment, is about the disposition of nuclear waste for now and for the next 10,000 years. Co-directed with Peter Galison, the film premiered at Full Frame in 2015 and has shown in more than forty festivals and other venues, including in Berlin, Paris, Rio, Budapest, Beirut, Sheffield, Cuernavaca, and Tasmania. Art Galleries in Dublin, Sydney and Antwerp have used the film as the foundation for exhibitions, and Moss and Galison re-made the film as an installation piece for the Steirischer Herbst art festival in Graz, Austria.

Carol Oja

Carol Oja

William Powell Mason Professor of Music

Oja's research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American musical traditions, and her current project is tentatively titled “Black Virtuosos and Civil Rights: Performing Racial Desegregation after World War II.”  Her most recent book, Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. 

Michael Puett

Michael Puett

Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

 

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. He is the recipient of a Harvard College Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching. 

 

Jennifer L. Roberts

Jennifer L. Roberts

Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities

 

Jennifer L. Roberts is Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Harvard College Professor, and Chair of the Program in American Studies. She teaches American art from the colonial period to the present, with particular focus on issues of landscape, material culture, print culture, and the history of science. She received her A.B. from Stanford and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale.

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