Amber Ace is a Classics PhD candidate, specializing in Greek and Roman philosophy. Her interests include Plato, Epicureanism (especially Lucretius), gender, ethics, and animal studies. In her dissertation, she will discuss the imagery of animals, gender, and reproduction in Greek and Roman ethics and politics.
Orit Bashkin is a historian who works on the intellectual, social, and cultural history of the modern Middle East. Her publications deal with Iraqi history, the history of Iraqi Jews, the Arab cultural revival movement (the nahda) in the late 19th century, and the connections between modern Arab history and Arabic literature. Her books are Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel, Stanford University Press, 2017; New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq. Stanford University Press, 2012; and The Other Iraq–Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq, Stanford University Press, 2009. Bashkin is Professor of modern Middle Eastern history in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Catherine C. Baumann specializes in reading comprehension and language testing. She is a certified language proficiency tester and trainer. Baumann is director of the University of Chicago Language Center and director of the German language program.
Will Boast is a writer and journalist working in multiple forms: the short story, the novel, memoir, and long-form reporting. His 2018 novel, Daphne, is in part about the physiology of emotion, and recent articles have examined the European migration crisis, traditional sports in Kazakhstan, and witchcraft in West Africa. Currently, he is working on a second short story collection, largely concerned with the ways political and technological shifts in the 21st century are changing our ideas about travel and migration. He is Assistant Professor of Practice in Creative Writing in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Philip V. Bohlman has most recently published Jazz Worlds/World Jazz (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and Song Loves the Masses (University of California Press, 2017). Bohlman is the Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History in the Department of Music at UChicago. The New Budapest Orpheum Society, a self-styled Jewish cabaret, is ensemble in residence in the Division of the Humanities at UChicago. The Society has recorded four CDs, the most recent of which, “As Dreams Fall Apart” (Cedille Records, 2014) was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Benjamin Callard is a philosopher with interests in ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. His recent work has focused on the problem of the freedom of the will. Callard is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.
Rachel Cohen’s writing draws on biography, art history, literary criticism, and the lyric essay. Her essays on artists and writers—their friendships, fallings out, and the work they make—have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Art in America, Apollo Magazine, and Best American Essays. Her third book, Austen Years, a work of literary criticism and memoir, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2019. Cohen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Professor of Practice in the Arts in Creative Writing in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Patrick R. Crowley specializes in Roman art and archaeology. His research interests include ancient concepts of the image and theories of vision, Roman portraiture, and the role of photography in archaeological methodology. His forthcoming book, provisionally titled The Phantom Image: Visuality and the Supernatural in Ancient Rome, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. Crowley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History.
Michael Dango is a scholar of 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture, with a special focus on gender, sexuality, and the politics of emotion. His book in progress, Styles of Repair, explores how emerging styles in art and literature respond to contemporary anxieties, from environmental pollution to political polarization. Dango is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Division of the Humanities.
Rachel DeWoskin is the author of four novels: Second Circus (Penguin, 2019); Blind (Penguin, 2014); Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011); and Repeat After Me (The Overlook Press, 2009); and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton, 2005). DeWoskin’s work explores the transnational experience, particularly questions of how human beings communicate across linguistic and national boundaries. DeWoskin is a Lecturer in fiction in the Department of English Language and Literature and is an affiliated faculty member in the Centers for East Asian Studies and Jewish Studies.
Sascha Ebeling is a literary scholar and cultural historian working on the literatures and cultural traditions of South India, Southeast Asia, and less commonly read literatures in Europe. More specifically, he has published studies of both modern and pre-modern Tamil literature, the ethnic conflict and civil war in Sri Lanka, the novel in colonial Asia, religion in Angkor-period Cambodia, and modernist poetry around 1900 from a global perspective. Ebeling is Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of Comparative Literature.
Virginio Ferrari is an internationally acclaimed contemporary sculptor who has exhibited his work in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and throughout the United States. His monumental sculptures can be found on street corners and public parks, at universities and libraries, corporations and in private collections in Chicago, and all over the world.
Rachel Galvin is a poet, translator, and scholar. She has three new books coming out in 2018: a collection of poems, Elevated Threat Level, which was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and Alice James Books’ Kinereth Gensler Award; a work of criticism, News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936–1945 (Oxford UP); and Decals: Complete Early Poetry of Oliverio Girondo, co-translated from the Spanish with Harris Feinsod. Her other books include Pulleys & Locomotion (poems); Auden at Work, a coedited essay collection; and Hitting the Streets, a translation from the French of Raymond Queneau, which won the Scott Moncrieff Prize. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Edgar Garcia is a poet and scholar of the hemispheric cultures of the Americas, primarily during the 20th century. Winner of the 2018 Fence Modern Poets Series award, his collection of poems and anthropological essays on hemispheric migrations—Skins of Columbus: Ethnography of Colonial Dreamlands—will be published by Fence Books in 2019. His book of scholarship on the contemporary life of the seemingly antiquated sign-systems of the Americas—Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictographs, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu—is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. Garcia is a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Amber Ginsburg creates site-generated projects and social sculptures that insert historical scenarios into contemporary situations, and engages current histories to imagine alternative futures. Her background in craft orients her projects toward the continuities and ruptures in material and social histories. Ginsburg is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts.
Patrick Jagoda is a co-editor of Critical Inquiry and co-founder of both the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and the Transmedia Story Lab. He is the author of Network Aesthetics (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and co-author of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (MIT Press, 2016). He is currently working on his next book, Experimental Games. Jagoda is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature and Cinema and Media Studies.
Jordan Johansen is a Classics PhD candidate, specializing in the social, political, and economic history of the Hellenistic period, primarily Ptolemaic Egypt. Her research interests include papyrology, epigraphy, numismatics, ancient geography and ethnography, and ancient music.
Janet H. Johnson is Editor of the Chicago Demotic Dictionary and has written numerous articles on the role of women in Egyptian society. She is Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Kara Keeling works in the areas of Film and Media Studies, Black Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies, and specializes in film and media theory. She is author of The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense, coeditor with Josh Kun of Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies, and coeditor with Colin MacCabe and Cornel West of a selection of writings by the late James A. Snead titled European Pedigrees/ African Contagions: Racist Traces and Other Writing. Her most recent book manuscript, Queer Times, Black Futures, is forthcoming in spring 2019. Keeling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies.
Robert L. Kendrick teaches music history and ethnomusicology in the Department of Music and has worked at length on Baroque oratorios. He is the William Colvin Professor of Music in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Christopher Kennedy’s research is geared toward discovering and describing the principles that are involved in relating linguistic forms to meanings. He delves deeply into how this mapping is achieved through language, cognition, communication, and context. Kennedy is the William H. Colvin Professor of Linguistics.
John D. Kuhns is an author, artist, businessman, venture capitalist, and investment banker. His third and most recent novel, South of the Clouds, was released in July 2018. He has founded and taken five companies public. A sculptor, Kuhns graduated in 1975 with a Master of Fine Arts degree from UChicago.
Ling Ma is the author of Severance, published by FSG this past August, which has been described as “part workplace novel, part young-woman-comes-of-age-in-New York City, part post-apocalyptic nightmare,” (Vulture) and alternately, as “a biting indictment of late-stage capitalism” (Kirkus). Her work focuses on genre fiction, work narratives, and first-person testimonies in the age of globalism. Ma's fiction has been published in Granta, Vice, Playboy, Chicago Reader, Ninth Letter, and other publications. She is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in Creative Writing in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Armando Maggi’s most recent book is Preserving the Spell (University of Chicago Press 2015) on European fairy tales. In previous volumes, most of them published by the University of Chicago Press, he studied Renaissance demonology and mysticism, the Platonic view of love, and contemporary culture. He is a Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Benjamin Morgan’s areas of research include science and literature in 19th-century Britain and the environmental humanities. His first book, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature (University of Chicago Press, 2017), explores how early scientific studies of the human mind transformed ideas about the human experience of the arts. His current book project, In Human Scale: The Aesthetics of Climate Change, traces how literature and the visual arts have depicted vast and complex ecological systems since the early industrial moment of the climate change era. Morgan is an Associate Professor of English Language and Literature.
William Nickell is a cultural historian focused on the study of Russia from the 1840s to the 1940s. His award-winning book, The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910, examines the events around Tolstoy’s death, which became Russia’s first media spectacle, as a means of measuring Russian values and politics between the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. His current course on “Media and Power in the Age of Putin and Trump” brings many of these same concerns to the present. Nickell is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Sarah Nooter is a classicist who works on ancient Greek poetry, particularly tragedy, from a literary and affective perspective, as well as on modern poetry and performance. She is the author of When Heroes Sing: Sophocles and the Shifting Soundscape of Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and The Mortal Voice in the Tragedies of Aeschylus (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and is coeditor with Shane Butler of Sound and the Ancient Senses (Routledge, 2019). Nooter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics.
James Osborne is an archaeologist who works in the eastern Mediterranean and ancient Near East during the Bronze and Iron Ages (ca. 3500–500 BCE). He focuses especially on Anatolia, a region that is today within the Republic of Turkey, during the late second and early first millennium BCE. His work in progress, Diaspora and Mobility: The Syro-Anatolian Culture Complex, examines the nature and organization of an Iron Age culture in southern Turkey and northern Syria that existed from roughly 1200 to 700 BCE. Osborne is an Assistant Professor of Anatolian Archaelogy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and the Oriental Institute.
Ada Palmer is a cultural and intellectual historian examining radical thought and the recovery of the classics in early modern Europe, especially in the Italian Renaissance. She focuses on the history of science, religion, heresy, free thought, atheism, censorship, books, printing, and on patronage and the networks of power and money that enabled cultural creation in early modern Europe. She has written Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (Harvard University Press, 2014) and the award-winning science fiction novel series Terra Ignota (beginning with Too Like the Lightning). Palmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, is co-founder of UChicago's new Renaissance Studies Program, and is affiliated with the Classics Department, the Gender Center, and the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge.
Pamela Pascoe has been a professional actor for 40 years. During the last 20 years at UChicago, she has transferred the skills and techniques of an actor to create her own performance pedagogy, which she has used in a wide variety of courses, as well student productions and experimental performance projects. Pascoe is a Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies.
Rik Peters is a PhD candidate in the joint program in Social Thought and Classics, specializing in ancient philosophy and the intellectual history of the Hellenistic Greek world. His research interests include the relations between post-Aristotelian science, philosophy, and literature; aesthetics and ethics as they relate to the pursuit of knowledge; and materialist conceptions of the mind in Greek antiquity. His dissertation will focus on the ambivalent relation between wonder and knowledge in Aristotle, Epicureanism, and Stoicism.
Andrei Pop is an art historian interested in the relation of art and science, in dramatic and narrative art (what is usually called classicism), and in how modernity deals with the past. He has published a book on the Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741–1825), and a translation of Karl Rosenkranz’s 1853 Aesthetics of Ugliness. Pop is an Associate Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Art History.
William Pope.L is a visual artist and educator whose multidisciplinary practice uses binaries, contraries, and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture to create artworks in various formats, for example, writing, painting, performance, installation, video, and sculpture. The goals for his work are several—joy, money and uncertainty—not necessarily in that order. Some of his most recent projects include ‘One Thing After Another’, La Panacée, Montpellier, France (2018); 'Brown People Are The Wrens In The Parking Lot', University of Chicago (2017); 'Flint Water', What Pipeline, Detroit, Michigan (2017); 'Whisper Campaign', Documenta 14, Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany (2017); and 'Claim', Whitney Biennial, New York City, for which he was awarded the Bucksbaum Prize (2017).
Augustus Rose’s debut novel The Readymade Thief, about urban exploration, avant-garde art cults, and the shotgun marriage of Marcel Duchamp and quantum physics, came out from Viking Books in 2017. His screenplay Far From Cool was a finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships. He is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in Creative Writing in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Olga Sánchez-Kisielewska is a music theorist who studies musical meaning and expression, with a focus on the late 18th century. Her research interests include music cognition, music and dance, and music theory pedagogy. She has published in Theory and Practice and the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and is writing a chapter on Beethoven’s Fidelio for the forthcoming volume Singing in Signs: New Semiotic Explorations of Opera. Sánchez-Kisielewska is a Lecturer in the Department of Music.
Kristen Schilt is the author of Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality, and her work has appeared in journals such as Gender & Society and the Annual Review of Sociology. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UChicago. Currently, Schilt serves as the director for the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
Anna Schultz is an ethnomusicologist whose research in India and beyond addresses music’s power to activate profound religious experiences that in turn shape other identities. Her first book, Singing a Hindu Nation: Marathi Devotional Performance and Nationalism, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013, and her second book, Songs of Translation: Bene Israel Gender and Textual Orality, is under contract with Oxford University Press. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Music.
Richard Strier is the author of The Unrepentant Renaissance from Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton—winner of the Warren-Brooks Prize for Literary Criticism—as well as Resistant Structures: Particularity, Radicalism, and Renaissance Texts and Love Known: Theology and Experience in George Herbert's Poetry. He has coedited several interdisciplinary collections, including Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation Among Disciplines and Professions. Strier is the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor emeritus in the English Language and Literature Department.
Chris Taylor is a scholar of Caribbean and African-American literatures from the 18th and 19th centuries. His research interests include black political thought, the cultures of slavery and antislavery, and the history of freedom. His first book, Empire of Neglect: The West Indies in the Wake of British Liberalism, was published in 2018 (Duke University Press). Currently, he is working on a new book project, titled The Voluntary Slave: Atlantic Modernity’s Impossible Subject. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.
Augusta Read Thomas is a Grammy-winning musical composer, who The New Yorker has described as “a true virtuoso composer.” In addition to teaching students at UChicago, she has recent and upcoming musical commissions from such diverse organizations as the Boston Symphony, Utah Symphony, Tanglewood, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. In fact, a 2015 New York Times article states her distinction of having her work performed more during 2013–2014 than any other living ASCAP composer has. Thomas is a University Professor of Composition in the Department of Music.
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Theo van den Hout is the author of several books, most recently The Elements of Hittite (Cambridge UP 2011) and many articles. A new book, A History of Hittite Literacy: Writing and Reading in Late Bronze Age Anatolia, is expected to be published in 2019. Currently, he is the Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Western Civilization and of Hittite and Anatolian Languages in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and at the Oriental Institute of UChicago and chief-editor of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary.
Christina von Nolcken is a medievalist specializing in Old and Middle English Literature. Her research has mostly been on reformist works by the followers of John Wyclif (d. 1384). She is currently writing the biography of UChicago professor Edith Rickert (1871–1838), who helped break an important part of the German code in World War I. Von Nolcken is an Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of English Language and Literature, the Program in Medieval Studies.
Rebecca West taught courses and wrote scholarly books and articles on modern Italian literature, literary texts by women authors, and on film adaptation, among other cinema topics, for 40 years until her retirement in 2013. One of her current projects focuses on Patricia Highsmith's novels that are set in Italy. West is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor Emerita in the Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures and Cinema and Media Studies.
John Wilkinson is a poet whose latest collection, Ghost Nets, appeared in 2016. As a critic, his research interests include event and object in relation to lyric, and lyric’s multiple temporalities. His forthcoming book, Lyric in its Times: Temporalities in Verse, Breath and Stone, explores these concerns in relation to verse from Petrarch to Cody-Rose Clevidence, and visual art from Veronese to Ian Hamilton Finlay. A new collection of poetry, My Reef My Manifest Array, will be published in early 2019. Wilkinson is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and Director of Creative Writing.
Lynn Xu is the author of the poetry collection Debts & Lessons, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and June, a chapbook. The recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at UChicago.
Judith T. Zeitlin’s work combines the study of Chinese literature with other disciplines, particularly music, visual and material culture, gender studies, medicine, and film. The many books that she has written or edited include The Phantom Heroine: Ghosts and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Literature (2007), Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture (2014), and The Voice as Something More (forthcoming, 2019). Currently, she is collaborating with award-winning composer Yao Chen on the creation of a new opera Ghost Village for which she has written the libretto. Zeitlin is the William R. Kenan Jr., Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Theater and Performance Studies.