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Policy and planning committee


In 2008-09 and 2009-10 the Faculty of Arts and Sciences undertook a review of faculty governance spearheaded by the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (ECFAS) and carried out by the Academic Review Committee (ARC). In spring 2010 the recommendations of the ARC review were shared with the entire Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Fruitful consultations between ECFAS, ARC, Department Chairs, Administration, and Faculty informed the entire process. A subsequent vote of the whole Faculty was held to amend the Stated Rules of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and thereby implement one of the recommendations of the review: to replace the form of faculty governance exercised by ECFAS with a new faculty committee to be called the Policy and Planning Committee. The proposed amendment to the Stated Rules passed in April 2010. (The Stated Rules can be found at the link on the left.) The names of past members of the PPC are found at the bottom of this page.

Educational Policy and Planning Committee

In August 2011, the PPC proposed the establishment of the Educational Policy and Planning Committee in a memo to Executive Vice President Nicholas Dirks. That memo and the announcement of the formation of that new committee and its members can be found here (and also on the navigation link to the left).

PPC Members for the 2013-2014 academic year:

Members from the SOCIAL SCIENCES:
Yinon Cohen is the Yosef H. Yerushalmi Professor of Israeli and Jewish Studies, and Chair of the Department of Sociology. His areas of research include social stratification, labor markets, labor market discrimination, socioeconomic ethnic and gender gaps, industrial relations, international migration, selectivity and economic assimilation of immigrants, and Israeli society. Recent and current research projects include the migration of highly skilled workers, causes for rising income inequality in the U.S. and Israel, and the changing demography of Israeli settlers in the Occupied West Bank. Before joining Columbia in 2007, Cohen taught at Tel Aviv University where he served as chair of the senior faculty union.
E. Valentine Daniel is a professor of Anthropology whose consuming interest is in the relevance of the writings of Charles S. Peirce and Martin Heidegger for anthropological theory and practice. European modernity begins and is sustained, he holds, by the--unwarranted? --questions raised by Descartes and the --inadequate?--answers provided by him and most major thinkers in the western intellectual tradition who followed him. And anthropology is a capricious child of such a modernity because of its encounter with systems of thought and action that interrogate this modernity on the one hand and its filial loyalty to its own disciplinary heritage on the other. Peirce and Heidegger, as two of the most powerful critics of Cartesianism, show us ways of connecting non-western (ethnographic) critiques to western modernism’s (philosophical) critiques deriving from these two thinkers. Against this broad problematique, he does research and writes on semeiotic, violence, refugees and plantation labor. His geographic areas of research are South India and Sri Lanka.
Jack Snyder, the current 2013-2014 PPC chair, is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations in the political science department, has taught at Columbia since 1981. He has served as chair of the political science department, chair of the Academic Review Committee, director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies, and acting director of the Harriman Institute. His books include Religion and International Relations Theory (Columbia University Press, 2011), Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War (MIT Press, 2005), co-authored with Edward D. Mansfield; From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict (Norton Books, 2000); Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition (Cornell University Press, 1991); and The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914 (Cornell 1984). A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Snyder received a B.A. in government from Harvard University in 1973, the Certificate of Columbia's Russian Institute in 1978, and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia in 1981.
Members from the HUMANITIES:

Madeleine Zelin is the Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies and a Professor of History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Department of History. Professor Zelin’s current research focuses on legal history and the role of law in the Chinese economy. Professor Zelin has pioneered the study of Chinese legal and economic history. Her bookThe Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Enterprise in Early Modern China (Columbia University Press, 2005), a study of the indigenous roots of Chinese economic culture and business practice was awarded the 2006 Allan Sharlin Memorial Prize of the Social Science History Association, the 2006 Fairbank Prize of the Association for Asian Studies and the 2007 Humanities Book Prize of the International Convention on Asian Studies. In addition to teaching the advanced modern Chinese history survey and general graduate seminars and colloquia on modern Chinese history, Professor Zelin offers courses on Chinese legal and economic history and the history of social movements in China.

Nicholas Dames is the Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He is a specialist in the novel, with particular attention to the novel of the nineteenth century in Britain and on the European continent; his interests also include novel theory, the history of reading, and the aesthetics of prose fiction from the seventeenth century to the present. He is the author of Amnesiac Selves: Nostalgia, Forgetting, and British Fiction, 1810-1870 (Oxford, 2001), which was awarded the Sonya Rudikoff Prize by the Northeast Victorian Studies Association; and The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction (Oxford, 2007). He was awarded Columbia’s Presidential Teaching Award in 2005, and in 2008 he was named a recipient of the Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2005-2006 he was a Charles Ryskamp Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2009 he served as Chair of the MLA’s Executive Division on Prose Fiction. He is a founding member and on the Executive Board of the Society for Novel Studies (SNS). Along with Prof. Susan Pedersen of the History Department, he co-runs British Studies at Columbia. His current project is a history of the chapter, from the textual cultures of late antiquity, particularly the editorial and scribal practices of early Christianity, to the modern novel.


Cathy Popkin (Ph.D., Stanford; B.A., Wesleyan), is the Jesse and George Siegel Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Russian. She is the author of The Pragmatics of Insignificance: Chekhov, Zoshchenko, Gogol and a number of articles on nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture. Her new Norton Critical Edition of Anton Chekhov's Selected Stories is the first in that series to focus explicitly on the question of translation. Work in progress includes a book manuscript, "Bodies of Knowledge: Chekhov's Corpus," a co-edited volume ("Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature"), and two essays ("Trees Are People Too: Turgenev and Metaphoricity"; "Chekhov and the Medical Humanities"). Her recent work is motivated by a concern with bodies, knowledge, and the meaning of space, place, and resemblance, as well as a particular interest in nineteenth-century psychiatric and documentary practices. Popkin moved to Columbia from Dartmouth in 1986 and has been active in faculty governance at all levels: department (Chair, Slavic Langs.); College/GS (Chair, Literature Humanities and Committee on the Core; member , COI; President, Phi Beta Kappa; DUS,); GSAS (DGS); Arts and Sciences (ECFAS, Faculty Budget Group, Internal ARC Review of Faculty Governance Structures; Convener and Chair, Administrative Advisory Group); University (TRAC). Popkin was one of the authors of the report that recommended the creation of the PPC.
Members from the NATURAL SCIENCES:
Frits Paerels is a Professor of Astronomy and is a Director of the Columbia Astrophysics Lab. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands). He was a research scientist at Columbia before becoming a Senior Scientist of SRON Space Research Laboratory in the Netherlands.
Robert Friedman (Ph.D., Harvard 1981) has been in the Mathematics Department of Columbia University for 30 years. He has been chair of the Mathematics Department (2001-2004) and a member of ECFAS (chair in 2007-08). His research is centered on algebraic geometry and its connections with topology, mathematical physics, and the theory of Lie groups. His books include Smooth Four-Manifolds and Complex Surfaces (with John Morgan) and Algebraic Surfaces and Holomorphic Vector Bundles. His current research is concerned with understanding the period domains associated to Calabi-Yau manifolds.

Shahid Naeem, the current 2013-2014 PPC vice chair, is a professor of ecology and acting chair in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B). He studies the ecological and environmental consequences of biodiversity loss. He is interested in how changes in the distribution and abundance of plants, animals, and microbes, affect how ecosystems function and, by extension, how ecosystems services are affected. His work combines theoretical, observational, and experimental studies under field and laboratory conditions, to uncover the mechanistic bases for the impacts of biodiversity loss on ecosystems. His work has demonstrated how the loss of species from ecosystems affect their ability to resist invasion by other species, affect production and nutrient cycling, and affect the reliability and stability of ecosystems. He is actively involved in bringing the science of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning to conservation, restoration, and policy development. His research at the Earth Institute is part of Translinks, a five-year Wildlife Conservation Society project that promotes economic growth in poverty-stricken regions around the world by linking development, governance and natural resource conservation to alleviate poverty.
Policy and Planning Committee, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13

In its inaugural year, in 2010, the Policy and Planning Committee (PPC) membership was established in September and the election from the nominated slate yielded three members (rather than six), one from each division. For continuity and in recognition of the important work of ECFAS, three inaugural members of the PPC (one from each division) were chosen by and from the 2009-10 ECFAS membership. As per the Stated Rules three PPC members were chosen by and from the Chairs.

The complete 2010-11 and 2011-12 PPC rosters are given below.

Peter Bearman, 2010-11
Yinon Cohen, 2012-13
E. Valentine Daniel, 2012-13
Robert Jervis, 2010-11, 2011-12
Michael Riordan, 2010-11, 2011-12
Jack Snyder, 2011-12, 2012-13 (Vice Chair)

Teodolinda Barolini, 2010-11 (Chair), 2011-12, 2012-13
Nicholas Dames, 2012-13
Jean E. Howard, 2010-11
Cathy Popkin, 2011-12 (Vice Chair), 2012-13 (Chair)
Wayne Proudfoot, 2010-11
Phil Watts, 2011-12

Ruth S. DeFries, 2010-11
Stuart Firestein, 2012-13
Robert Friedman, 2011-12, 2012-13
Ann McDermott, 2010-11 (Vice Chair), 2011-12 (Chair), 2012-13
William Allen Zajc, 2010-11, 2011-12