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Casey N. Blake

Acting Director
Chair, Committee on Civic Engagement
Director, Freedom and Citizenship Program
Founding Director, American Studies Program

Email: cb460@columbia.edu

Casey Nelson Blake works on modern American intellectual and cultural history, with an emphasis on the relationship between artistic modernism and cultural criticism.  His publications include Beloved Community:  The Cultural Criticism of Randolph Bourne, Van Wyck Brooks, Waldo Frank, and Lewis MumfordThe Arts of Democracy: Art, Public Culture, and the State, and The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution—the last a catalogue for a major exhibition on the centennial of the Armory Show at the New-York Historical Society for which he served as Senior Historian.  He also writes regularly for CommonwealDissentRaritan, and other journals of opinion.

Professor Blake came to Columbia in 1999 as founding director of the Center for American Studies after directing American Studies programs at Indiana University and Washington University, and teaching at Reed College.  While at Columbia Professor Blake has overseen the development of a civic engagement initiative within the Center, which has as its centerpiece the “Freedom and Citizenship” partnership program with the Double Discovery Center.  He is serving as acting director of the Center in 2012-13. 


Robert Amdur

Associate Director
Chair, Board of Advisors
Department affiliation: Political Science

Email: rla2@columbia.edu

Andrew Delbanco

Mendelson Family Professor of American Studies
Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities

Email: ad19@columbia.edu

Andrew Delbanco, winner of the 2006 Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, is the author of Melville: His World and Work (2005), The Death of Satan (1995), Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now (1997), The Real American Dream (1999), and The Puritan Ordeal (1989).

Professor Delbanco's essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Raritan, and other journals, on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education. In 2001, he was named by Time Magazine as "America's Best Social Critic."

In February 2012, President Barack Obama presented Professor Delbanco with the National Humanities Medal for his writings on higher education and the place classic authors hold in history and contemporary life.

Angela Darling

Assistant Director

Email: amd44@columbia.edu


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Michael Hindus


Michael Hindus is an energy partner in the international law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, with a practice focusing on renewable energy and state and federal energy regulation.  He graduated from Columbia College in 1968 with a major in History, studying with James P. Shenton, Walter Metzger and David Rothman.  While at Columbia he participated in the Double Discovery Program from 1966-1968.  Mr. Hindus received his MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, taught at the University of Minnesota, and published two books in American History before turning to law.  He graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1979.

Lisa Carnoy

Lisa Carnoy is head of Global Capital Markets for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  In this role, she leads 700 Capital Markets professionals across Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance and Origination of Corporate Derivatives and FX across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Emerging Markets.
Ms. Carnoy graduated from Columbia cum laude in 1978, with a major in American Studies (before it was an official major), and went on to take an MBA from Harvard in 1994.   As an Alumna, she has stayed involved at Columbia as a board member of the Columbia College Alumni Association, Co-Chair of the College Board of Visitors and founder of the Women’s Leadership Task Force for Athletics.    In 2010, she became a Trustee of Columbia University where she chairs the Alumni Affairs and Development Committee.

Jonathan Freedman

Jonathan Freedman is a corporate partner in the international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, with a practice focusing on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions in the insurance industry. He graduated from Columbia College magna cum laude in 1978 with a major in History, studying under Professor James Shenton, one of founders of the Double Discovery Program. Mr. Freedman received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors of the Department of History at Columbia.

Alan Ginsberg

Alan Robert Ginsberg founded and runs Larchmont Advisors, an institutional investor advisory services company.  He is an attorney in New York State and member in good standing of the New York State Bar Association, as well as a visiting scholar at Columbia University.   Mr. Ginsberg earned an MA in American Studies from Columbia University in 2010, a JD from Boston University School of Law in 1980, and a BA in English and General Literature from SUNY-Binghamton in 1977.  Before founding Larchmont Advisors, he was a research analyst and a research department manager at Barclays Capital from 1998-2000, and Salomon Smith Barney from 1993-1998, and a research analyst at Bear Stearns from 1990-1993 and Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1986-1990, focusing on junk bonds and other forms of debt.

Brian Krisberg

Brian Krisberg is a real estate partner in the international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, with a practice focusing on representing lenders and borrowers in the origination of commercial mortgage loans and warehouse lending transactions financing portfolios of commercial mortgage loans. He graduated from Columbia College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1981, majoring in political science. Mr. Krisberg received his JD from Columbia University Law School in 1984, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was president of the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) from 2006-08 and currently serves on the Columbia College Board of Visitors and is Vice-Chairman of the Columbia University Alumni Association (CAA).

Les Levi

Les Levi has 30 years of experience in the financial markets as a portfolio manager, research analyst, and investment banker focusing principally on global credit markets. Mr. Levi is currently a Managing Director at investment banking boutique Gordian Group LLC. Previously he held senior positions at Plainfield Asset Management, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Levi graduated from New York University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from New York University in 1975, majoring in English. He received his PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1982 and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School, New York University, in 1988. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Business at the Stern School, a position he has held since 2003. He also serves on the alumni Board of Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.


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The Board of Advisors for American Studies includes Professors Blake and Amdur as well as those listed below.

Joanna Dee Das

Department affiliation: History

Email: jdd2002@columbia.edu

Joanna Dee is a PhD candidate in History at Columbia University, focusing on twentieth century cultural history, both US and international. She received her BA in Dance and History in 2005 from Columbia, and her MA in American Studies in 2008 from NYU. She was also a member of the Tze Chun dance company from 2006-2008, and has presented her own choreography at various theaters in New York City and St. Louis.

Royden Kadyschuk

Department affiliation: English & Comparative Literature

Email: rjk2116@columbia.edu

Royden Kadyschuk is a Ph.D. candidate who works with American literature, mostly novels written after 1945. His research interests include contemporary hermeneutics, maximalist and minimalist aesthetics, and unfinished novels.

Ana Isabel Keilson

Department affiliation: History

Email: ak2016@columbia.edu

Ana is a Ph.D. candidate in History, focusing on Modern European intellectual history. She is a 2012 recipient of the Lilian Karina Foundation award, a 2010 recipient of the Columbia University JD Fund for History, and a summer fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Ana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College with a B.A in English Literature. She is also a choreographer.

Jessica Lee

Department affiliation: English & Comparative Literature

Email: jhl2152@columbia.edu

Jessica lee is a second year student in the History PhD program at Columbia. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2008 where she majored in History and Italian Literature. Her current research interests include Italian and Latin American migration to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries concerning questions of citizenship, patriotism, national identity, and gender.

Jared Lister

Department affiliation: English & Comparative Literature

Email: jml2198@columbia.edu

Jared Lister is a Ph.D. candidate working on nineteenth century American literature and intellectual history. His research interests include pragmatism, autobiography, and narrative and medicine. He received his B.A. in English from Stanford University in 2005.

David Marcus

Department affiliation: History

Email: dm2787@columbia.edu

David Marcus is a PhD candidate in the history department, where he studies twentieth-century political and social thought as well as American literature. Outside of graduate school, he is a longtime editor at Dissent, where he also contributes essays and book reviews on politics and fiction. 

Roosevelt Montas

Associate Dean, Columbia College
Director, Center for the Core Curriculum

Email: rm63@columbia.edu

A.B., Columbia (1995), M.A., Columbia (1996), Ph.D., Columbia (2004).  Roosevelt is Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum at Columbia College.  He specializes in Antebellum American literature and culture, with a particular interest in American citizenship.  His dissertation, Rethinking America: Abolitionism and the Antebellum Transformation of the Discourse of National Identity, won Columbia University’s 2004 Bancroft Award.  In 2000, he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student.  He regularly teaches Introduction to Contemporary Civilization, a year-long course on primary texts in moral and political thought in the West, as well as a seminar in American Studies entitled Freedom and Citizenship in the United States.  As Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum, he speaks and writes frequently on the history, meaning, and future of liberal education. 

Allison Powers

Department affiliation: History

Email: akp2134@columbia.edu

Bio forthcoming.

Jason Resnikoff

Department affiliation: History

Email: jzr2101@columbia.edu

Jason Resnikoff is a Ph.D candidate in the History Department. He received a B.A. in history from Columbia University in 2008. His research interests include intellectual and cultural history, especially American in and between the two world wars.

Zachary Roberts

Department affiliation: English & Comparative Literature

Email: zjr2105@columbia.edu

Zachary Roberts is a Ph.D candidate in the department of English and Comparative Literature. He received his B.A. in English from Bowdoin College in 2008. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, modernism, and ecocriticism.

Ben Serby

Department affiliation: History

Email: bjs2198@columbia.edu

Ben Serby is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, specializing in 20th century American cultural and intellectual history. He received a B.A. in History and in European Cultural Studies from Brandeis University in 2010. His research interests include social theory, radical political thought, and cultural memory.

Maura Spiegel

Department affiliation: English & Comparative Literature

Email: mls37@columbia.edu

Maura Spiegel teaches the Introduction to American Studies, and various courses in contemporary American Fiction, American literature of the Progressive Era and of the Nineteenth Century. She also teaches and writes about American film. She is the Co-Editor of the journal Literature and Medicine, and she is involved with the Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia's School of Physicians and Surgeons. She has special interests in American photography, stand-up comedy, the city in literature and film and the dynamics between history and memory.

Robert Thomas

Department affiliation: History/Core Lecturer

Email: rst10@columbia.edu

A.B., UC Davis (1992); M.I.A., Columbia (1995); Ph.D. Columbia (2010). Thomas specializes in US intellectual history. His dissertation, Enlightenment and Authority: The Committee on Social Thought and the Ideology of Postwar Conservatism (1927-1950), traces the origin of post-war conservative ideology to a "revolt" among John Dewey's students at Columbia and Chicago in the 1930s.  Other research interests include European intellectual history, the histories of American higher education and the social sciences, New York City history and the development of a "global" core curriculum.

Jude Webre

Department affiliation: History

Email: jpw2111@columbia.edu

Jude Webre is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, specializing in 20th-century U.S. intellectual and cultural history. His areas of interest include cultural democracy, the American avant-garde, pragmatist aesthetics, the politics of poetic form, and the history of American music, with a stout appreciation for old-fashioned political history. Jude received his B.A. from Columbia General Studies in 2007 after a decade as a professional bass player, recording and performing with rock and jazz groups, which he continues to do much to the benefit of his academic life. 

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Rachel Adams

Disability in American Life; Food and American Life

Email: rea15@columbia.edu

B.A, University of California, Berkeley (1990); M.A., University of Michigan (1992); Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (1997). Professor Adams specializes in 19th- and 20th-century literatures of the United States and the Americas, media studies, theories of race, gender, and sexuality, and disability studies. She is the author of Continental Divides: Reframing the Cultures of North America (2009) and Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (2001).

Casey Blake

American Culture and Politics in the 1930s; Cultural Criticism in America

Chair, Committee on Civic Engagement
Director, Freedom and Citizenship Program
Founding Director, American Studies Program

Email: cb460@columbia.edu

Casey Nelson Blake is a professor in the Department of History. He specializes in modern U.S. intellectual and cultural history and American studies, with an emphasis on topics at the intersection of modernist art and politics in the twentieth century.

He is the author of several works including The Arts of Democracy: Art, Public Culture, and the State and the forthcoming Public Art and the Civic Imagination in Modernist America and Crisis of Confidence: Politics, Culture and Social Thought in the 1970s.

Hilary Hallett

Gender History and American Film

Email: hah2117@columbia.edu

Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center (2005); B.F.A. NYU (1990). Hilary Hallett is a U.S. cultural historian who taught at Rutgers University and the Johns Hopkins University before coming to Columbia as postdoctoral fellow in 2007. Her current research interests work at the intersection of gender history, popular and mass culture, and the history of the Modern American West. She is now completing her manuscript, tentatively titled, Go West! Young Women: Early Hollywood and the Rise of Sexual Modernism (under contract with the University of California press).

Shamus Khan

Elites in America

Email: sk2905@columbia.edu

Shamus Khan specializes in the study of inequality, focusing his attention on elites. He also writes on gender theory, ethnicity and democratic decision-making, and cultural sociology. He is the author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School (Princeton 2011) and The Practice of Research (Oxford 2013; with Dana Fisher). He is finishing a book on the the city of New York, told through a chronicle of one of it's most elite families, the Astors. 

Rebecca Kobrin

Immigrant New York

Email: rk2351@columbia.edu

B.A. Yale University (1994); M.Phil. University of Pennsylvania (1995); Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (2002). Rebecca Kobrin works in the field of American Jewish History. Professor Kobrin served as the Hilda Blaustein Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University (2002–2004) and the American Academy of Jewish Research Post-Doctoral Fellow at New York University (2004–2006). Her area of specialty is Jewish immigration history, which she approaches through a transnational lens. Her research interests span from the fields of urban history to American religion and diaspora studies.

Roger Lehecka

Equity in American Higher Education

Email: lehecka@columbia.edu

Roger Lehecka retired from a long career at Columbia University at the end of 2004. Among other positions he held at the University, he was Dean of Students for 19 years. He was a founder of Columbia's Upward Bound Program in 1965, an experience that taught him more about the ways access to college is not equally available to all talented youngsters. His three years with Upward Bound led to a career in higher education that always focused on expanding opportunity for those previously excluded from a college education. He remains involved at Columbia in a number of ways and has been teaching the Equity in Higher Education seminar with Prof. Delbanco annually since 2007. In his current work Mr. Lehecka helps low-income students from New York City, rural Pennsylvania, and central Florida get admitted to good colleges and find the financial aid to attend. He continues to advise them throughout college, wherever they enroll, to help them through the difficult times most students face. Mr. Lehecka attended New York City public schools before entering Columbia College. He has a Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as an A.B. and M.Phil. from Columbia University.

Paul Levitz

Transmedia, The American Graphic Novel

Paul Levitz was extensively involved in transmedia in his four decades with DC Comics ending as President and Publisher from 2002-2009. His award-winning book, 75 Years of DC Comics, The Art of Modern Mythmaking, was published last fall, and a recent collection of his comics, Legion of Super-Heroes: The Choice, appeared on the New York Times Graphic Books bestseller list.


John McWhorter

The Languages of America

Email: jm3156@columbia.edu

John McWhorter teaches linguistics in the Core program and in American Studies. He specializes in language contact and change, and has written What Language Is, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, and The Power of Babel. His work on race appears in the New Republic and The Root.com, at both of which he is Contributing Editor, and he is tha author of Losing the Race and Winning the Race. McWhorter has also done three audiovisual courses for The Teaching Company.

Caroline Miller

Journalism, Democracy, and the Digital Revolution

Email: cm3225@columbia.edu


Valerie Paley

Museums, Memory and Public Culture

Email: vrp6@caa.columbia.edu

Valerie Paley is the N-YHS Historian and Vice President for Scholarly Programs at the New-York Historical Society and is the curator of the Society´s Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History´s new permanent exhibition. Previously she was the founding editor of the New-York Journal of American History. A graduate of Vassar College, Paley received both an MA in American Studies and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.

Ross Posnock

Philip Roth's America; The Problem of Class in American Literature and Culture; Blacks and Jews

Email: rp2045@columbia.edu

B.A. Kenyon, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins. Professor Posnock was Andrew Hilen Professor of American Literature at the University of Washington before teaching in the English department at New York University from 2000 to 2004. His books include Henry James and the Problem of Robert Browning (1985, University of Georgia Press); The Trial of Curiosity: Henry James, William James and the Challenge of Modernity (1991, Oxford UP); and Color and Culture: Black Writers and the Making of the Modern Intellectual (Harvard UP, 1998). He has edited The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Ellison (2005) and his book Philip Roth's Rude Truth: The Art of Immaturity was published by Princeton UP in 2006. He is series editor of Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture and is a contributing editor of Raritan and American Literary History. In 1994 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Cathleen Price

Race, Poverty, and American Criminal Justice

Email: cip1@columbia.edu

Cathleen Price is a 1992 graduate of Columbia College who presently practices law. She works on behalf of death-sentenced prisoners, offenders subject to excessively harsh punishments, and communities marginalized by poverty and chronic discrimination. She is a 1996 graduate of Harvard Law School, which in 2004 awarded her its Gary Bellow Public Service Award.

Claudio Remeseira

Hispanic New York

Email: cir2001@columbia.edu

Claudio Iván Remeseira received an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University (2002) and Licenciado en filosofía from Universidad de Buenos Aires (1990). He is a New York-based award-winning journalist, writer and cultural critic born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Editor of "Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook" (2010). Founder and director of the Hispanic New York Project, hosted by Columbia University American Studies Program, he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Library & Archives of El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College, City University of New York. Curator of the Hispanic New York Film Festival, co-sponsored by Columbia University and Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with The Film Society of Lincoln Center. His literary and journalistic work has appeared in Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Salmagundi, Primera Revista Latinoamericana de Libros, Diario Rumbo, Hora Hispana (Daily News), El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico), El País (Spain) and La Nación, Página/12, and Lilith magazine (Argentina), among other publications.

Nación, Página/12, and Lilith magazine (Argentina), among other publications.

Benjamin Rosenberg

Supreme Court


Bio forthcoming


James Shapiro

Shakespeare in America

Email: js73@columbia.edu

B.A., Columbia (1977); Ph.D., University of Chicago (1982). Professor Shapiro is author of Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare (1991); Shakespeare and the Jews (1995), which was awarded the Bainton Prize for best book on sixteenth-century literature; Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play (2000); and 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), winner of the Theatre Book Prize as well as the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize, awarded to the best nonfiction book published in the UK. His most recent book is Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010). He has co-edited the Columbia Anthology of British Poetry and served as the associate editor of the Columbia History of British Poetry. He has also taught as a Fulbright lecturer at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the Huntington Library.  He is currently at work on another book, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606.

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Alan Brinkley

Allan Nevins Professor of American History
Provost Emeritus, Columbia University

Email: ab65@columbia.edu

B.A. Princeton University (1971); M.A - Harvard University (1975); Ph.D. Harvard University (1979). From 2003 to 2008, Alan Brinkley was University Provost, and for three years before that chair of the Department of History. He been at Columbia since 1991 and taught previously at M.I.T., Harvard, and the City University Graduate School. In 1998-99, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. His published works include Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression (1982), which won the 1983 National Book Award; The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People (1992); The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War (1995); Liberalism and Its Discontents (1998); Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2009); and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century (2010). His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in scholarly journals and in such periodicals as the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. He has been the recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard and the Great Teacher Award at Columbia. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation, a trustee of Oxford University Press, a trustee of the National Humanities Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robert A. Ferguson

George Edward Woodberry Professor in Law, Literature and Criticism, School of Law

Email: raf2@columbia.edu

Harvard University B.A 1964; J.D. 1968; Ph.D. 1974. On the faculty of the University of Chicago, 1978-89; Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, 1987-89; has also taught at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford. Joined the Columbia faculty in 1989. Academic honors and prizes include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987-88), a Fellowship to the National Humanities Center (1994-95), and the Willard Hurst Award for Legal History from the Law and Society Association as well as the distinguished teaching awards at the University of Chicago (1982), Columbia University (1998), and Columbia Law School (2003).

Eric Foner

Dewitt Clinton Professor of History

Email: ef17@columbia.edu

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, specializes in the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery, and 19th-century America. He is one of only two persons to serve as President of the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians. He has also been the curator of several museum exhibitions, including the prize-winning “A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln,” at the Chicago Historical Society. He is currently working on a book, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."

Todd Gitlin

Professor of Journalism and Sociology
Chair, Ph.D. in Communications, School of Journalism

Email: tg2058@columbia.edu

Todd Gitlin attended New York City public schools, where he graduated as valedictorian of the Bronx High School of Science. He holds degrees in three different subjects: mathematics (B. A., Harvard), political science (M. A., Michigan), and sociology (Ph. D., Berkeley). Along the way, he became a political activist in the New Left of the 1960s, contributed to the so-called underground press, and began to write books. He's written twelve books, chiefly on media and recent America. He contributes to many newspapers and magazines, lectures frequently in the United States and abroad, is a member of the editorial board of Dissent,and is online regularly at TPMcafe.com and CJR.org.

Alice Kessler-Harris

R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Email: ak571@columbia.edu

Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History is also Professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Dr. Kessler-Harris specializes in the history of American labor and the comparative and interdisciplinary exploration of women and gender. She received her B. A. from Goucher College (1961) and her Ph.D. from Rutgers (1968). Her published works include: In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (2001); Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (1982); A Woman’s Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences (1990); and Women Have Always Worked: A Historical Overview (1981). She is co-editor of Protecting Women: Labor Legislation in Europe , Australia , and the United States , 1880–1920 (1995) and U.S. History as Women’s History (1995). Her most recent book, Gendering Labor History (2007), contains her essays on women’s work and social policy.

Wayne Proudfoot

Professor of Religion

Email: wlp2@columbia.edu

Wayne Proudfoot (B.S., Yale, 1961; B.D., Harvard Divinity, 1965; Th.M., Harvard Divinity, 1966; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1972) is a Professor, specializing in the philosophy of religion. His research interests include contemporary philosophy of religion, the ideas of religious experience and mysticism, classical and contemporary pragmatism, and modern Protestant thought. He teaches courses on eighteenth and nineteenth century European religious thought, theories and methods for the study of religion, philosophy of religion, and pragmatism and religion. His publications include "God and the Self" and "Religious Experience". His current research is on pragmatism and American religious thought. He has published articles on Charles Peirce and William James and is working on a book on that topic.

Jonathan Rieder

Professor of Sociology

Email: jrieder@barnard.edu

Jonathan Rieder is a professor of sociology at Barnard and a member of the Columbia graduate faculty. He is the author of Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is also the author of The Word of the Lord Is upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Canarsie: The Jews and Italians of Brooklyn against Liberalism. He edited The Fractious Nation: Unity and Division in Contemporary American Life. He is currently working on a book about the transformation of rhythm and blues into soul music.

Rieder teaches courses on American culture and politics, including Culture in Contemporary America; Unity and Division in the United States; The Election of 2012 and Beyond; the Sociology of Culture; and From Rhythm and Blues to Soul and Rock: The Sociology of Crossover Culture. Between 1995 and 2001, he was a cofounding editor of CommonQuest:The Magazine of Black- Jewish Relations. He has been a regular commentator on TV and radio, a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and a contributing editor for The New Republic. He has been a Member and a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton, The Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. 




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