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.
Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature
Co-teaching Humanities 51. Major Themes in Humanities: Love and Freedom
Svetlana Boym’s primary areas of teaching and research are aesthetics and philosophy and literature, art and the urban imaginary. She is concerned with the politics of memory, the off-modern condition, relationship between estrangement and exile, art in the public sphere, political and artistic freedom.
Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature
Co-teaching Humanities 11c. Frameworks: The Art of Reading
Professor Julie Buckler, in collaboration with Professor Michael Puett, has assumed the leadership of Humanities 11c. Frameworks: The Art of Reading. Designed as a pathway course for students interested in exploring the arts and humanities, the course introduces "reading" as a wide-ranging practice of interpretation, applicable to social phenomena and historical narratives as well as to literary texts.
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.
Professor of Classics and of History
Teaching in Humanities 10b. The Humanities Colloquium, Essential Works 2
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.
Professor of Philosophy
Teaching in Humanities 10b. The Humanities Colloquium: Essential Works 2
Ned 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.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature and of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Co-Creator of Humanities 11b Frameworks: The Art of Looking
Professor John Hamilton is the co-creator, with Alexander Rehding, of Humanities 11b. Frameworks: The Art of Listening. Designed as a pathway course for students interested in the the study of the humanities, it is also open to all undergraduates intrigued by the possibility of exploring the sonic world. This year, he will also debut Humanities 51, a new course, taught with Professor Svetlana Boym, called "Love and Freedom".
Professor of History
Co-Creator of Humanities 52: Empires
Maya Jasanoff’s teaching and research focus on the history of modern Britain and the British Empire. Her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850, investigates British expansion in India and Egypt through the lives of art collectors. It was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including The Economist, The Observer, and The Sunday Times.
Robin Kelsey is the Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography at Harvard University. He is also a member of the Committee on Higher Degrees in the History of American Civilization and a Faculty Associate of the Center for the Environment. He holds a PhD from Harvard and a JD from Yale Law School and has practiced law in California. A specialist in the histories of photography and American art, Professor Kelsey has published on such topics as the role of chance in photography, geographical survey photography, landscape theory, ecology and historical interpretation, and the nexus of art and law.
Assistant Professor of German and the Study of Religion
Professor Kirakosian studied German Philology and History in Göttingen (M.A.) and History of Art and Digital Humanities at the École nationale des Chartes in Paris (M.A.). She received her Dr.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marie Curie Research Fellow from 2008 to 2013. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as a Lecturer at the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty Oxford and held a position as Lecturer at Somerville College Oxford. She also covered for the Director of Studies for German at Oriel College Oxford. From 2008 to 2010, she enjoyed a scholarship from the Conseil régional d'Île-de-France and from 2006 to 2013 she was a scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
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.
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.He has published papers on metaphor, on imagination and emotional engagement with art, and on the nature of self-knowledge. A book, Authority and Estrangement: An Essay on Self-Knowledge, was published by Princeton University Press in 2001.
Harvard College Professor
Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
Five years in the making, Robb Moss'scurrent 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 is supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, The LEF Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Previous films, Secrecy (2008-directed with Galison) and The Same River Twice (2003), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, together, showed in more than fifty film festivals and in over one hundred theatres.
Carol Oja's research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American musical traditions, often in transnational contexts. Her newest book, Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, was published by Oxford University Press in August 2014. Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900-2000, edited together with Felix Meyer, Wolfgang Rathert, and Anne Shreffler, appeared from The Boydell Press in 2014, and she has written two chapters for Music and Musical Composition at the American Academy in Rome, edited by Martin Brody, which is forthcoming in 2014.