Faculty

  • Interim Director, Professor of English

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    Timothy Bewes is Interim Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities in 2019-2020 and Professor of English. His research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century literature and culture, especially relations between aesthetics and politics. His books include Cynicism and Postmodernity (Verso, 1997), Reification, or The Anxiety of Late Capitalism (Verso, 2002), and The Event of Postcolonial Shame (Princeton University Press, 2011). He has also edited collections of essays on Jacques Rancière, Georg Lukács, and cultural capitalism, among other topics, and is an Associate Editor of the journal Novel: A Forum on Fiction. His latest book Free Indirect: The Idea of Twenty-First Century Fiction is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

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    Director (on leave 2019-2020), Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and Humanities

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    Amanda Anderson is Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities (on leave in the 2019-20 academic year) and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and Humanities. Her research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture, addressing broad questions of intellectual history, disciplinary formation, and the relations among literature, moral life, and politics. She is the author of Psyche and Ethos: Moral Life after Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2018), Bleak Liberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2016), The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory (Princeton University Press, 2006), The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment (Princeton University Press, 2001), and Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Cornell University Press, 1993). She is co-editor of George Eliot: A Companion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siècle (Princeton University Press, 2002).

  • Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media

    Tina Campt is Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media. Campt is a black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art. One of the founding researchers in Black European Studies, her early work theorized gender, racial, and diasporic formation in black communities in Europe, focusing on the role of vernacular photography in processes of historical interpretation. Her books include: Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (University Michigan Press, 2004), Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (Duke University Press, 2012), and Listening to Images (Duke University Press, 2017). She has held faculty positions at the Technical University of Berlin, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Duke University, and Barnard College. Campt serves as a Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre at the University of Johannesburg. At the Cogut Institute, she leads the Black Visualities Initiative.

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    John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English

    Leela Gandhi is the John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English. She has taught at the University of Chicago, La Trobe University, and Delhi University, and held visiting professorships in Australia, Denmark, India, Italy and Iran. She received her DPhil and MPhil from the University of Oxford and her BA from Delhi University. Gandhi's publications include Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (Columbia University Press, 1998), Measures of Home: Selected Poems (Orient Blackswan, 2000), England Through Colonial Eyes (ed. with Ann Black and Sue Thomas, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001), Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship (Duke University Press, 2006), and The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy (The University of Chicago Press, 2014). Gandhi is founding co-editor of Postcolonial Studies and board member of Postcolonial Text. She is a Senior Fellow in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. At the Cogut Institute, she leads the Humanities in the World Initiative.

  • Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, Chair of Philosophy

    Paul Guyer came to Brown in 2012 as the inaugural Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy. His interests include all areas of the philosophy of Kant, modern philosophy more generally, and the history of aesthetics. He is the author of Kant and the Claims of Taste (Harvard University Press, 1979), Kant and the Claims of Knowledge (Cambridge University Press, 1987), Kant (Routledge, 2006), Knowledge, Reason, and Taste: Kant's Response to Hume (Princeton University Press, 2008), and a three-volume History of Modern Aesthetics (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is the co-translator of the Critique of Pure Reason, the Critique of the Power of Judgment, and Kant's Notes and Fragments, all in the Cambridge Edition of Immanuel Kant, of which he is General Co-Editor. He edited six anthologies of work on Kant, including three Cambridge Companions, and co-edited a volume on the work of his teacher Stanley Cavell. He serves on numerous editorial boards, including those of The Kantian Review, Kant-Studien, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Guyer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He received...

  • Director of the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World, John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities, Professor of Classics, Professor of Hispanic Studies

    Andrew Laird came to Brown in 2016 from Warwick University in the UK, where he was Professor of Classical Literature. His research interests extend beyond ancient Greece and Rome to the European Renaissance and colonial Latin America, with a focus on the role of humanism in mediating native languages and legacies in sixteenth-century Mexico. His publications include Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power (Oxford University Press, 1999), Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford University Press, 2006), The Epic of America (Bloomsbury, 2006), and the first comprehensive surveys of Latin writing from colonial Spanish America and Brazil for Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Neo-Latin World (Brill, 2014) and Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (Oxford University Press, 2015). At the Cogut Institute, Laird directs the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World.

  • David Herlihy Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature

    Peter Szendy is David Herlihy Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature. Among his publications: Of Stigmatology: Punctuation as Experience (Fordham University Press, 2018); Le Supermarché du visible: Essai d'iconomie (Éditions de Minuit, 2017); All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage (Fordham University Press, 2016); Phantom Limbs: On Musical Bodies (Fordham University Press, 2015); Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World (Fordham University Press, 2015); Kant in the Land of Extraterrestrials: Cosmopolitical Philosofictions (Fordham University Press, 2013). At the Cogut Institute, Szendy leads the Economies of Aesthetics Initiative

  • Visiting Professor of Humanities and Middle East Studies

    Adi Ophir is a visiting professor affiliated with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Center for Middle East Studies. He is also Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University. His current research focuses on political concepts as events, performances, and discursive apparatuses, with special attention to three concepts: “concept,” “political,” and “the Other.” He studies types of Others in general, and the structure and genealogy of one type of Other in particular – the Goy, the Jew’s Other. Ophir also writes occasionally on violence and ideology in Israel/Palestine. He is the founding editor of Theory and Criticism, Israel's leading journal for critical theory, and Mafte'akh: Lexical Review for Political Thought. His recent books include The One-State Condition (Stanford University Press, 2012), co-authored with Ariella Azoulay; Divine Violence: Two Essays on God and Disaster (Hebrew, The Van Leer Institute, 2013); and Goy: Israel’s Multiple Others and the Birth of the Gentile (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-authored with Ishai Rosen-Zvi. At the Cogut Institute, he directs the Political Concepts Initiative.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Humanities

    Ted Bogosian is a practicing filmmaker and television producer with scores of primetime network documentary and episodic drama credits. Bogosian and his programs have won top prizes everywhere from the National Press Club to the Chicago Film Festival to the Writer’s Guild of America, East, as well as multiple Emmy nominations and awards. His achievements include the first documentary produced in high-definition. Since 1978, Bogosian has personally secured access to and conducted interviews with dozens of newsmakers, including several US Presidents, Vice Presidents and other national candidates, as well as Nobel Prize recipients, Olympic medalists, artist Roy Lichtenstein, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride, and many others. His worldwide charitable work includes multiple African and Eurasian trips for foundations promoting clean water, education and human rights. He has received honors from organizations including the American Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Huntington's Disease Society of America. A longtime member of the Director’s Guild of America, Bogosian has been elected multiple times by his peers to serve the DGA's National Board and Eastern Director's Council. He is also a 35-year member of the Writer’s Guild of America, East. Beginning...

  • Spring 2020 Visiting Professor of Humanities

    Jeremy Gilbert joins the Cogut Institute as Visiting Professor of Humanities for the Spring of 2020. He is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London, and his most recent publications include the translation of Maurizio Lazzarato’s Experimental Politics and the book Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism. His books Twenty-First Century Socialism (Polity) and Hegemony Now: Power in the Twenty-First Century (Verso, co-authored with Alex Williams) will both appear in 2020. He is editor of the journal New Formations and has written and spoken widely on politics, music and cultural theory, having given keynotes at numerous international conferences on these topics and on the politics and practice of cultural studies. He writes regularly for the British press (including the Guardian, the New Statesman, openDemocracy and Red Pepper) and for think tanks such as Institute for Public Policy Research and Compass, is routinely engaged in debates and discussion on Labour Party policy and strategy, has appeared on the BBC as a Labour Party spokesperson, and hosts the popular #ACFM podcast on Novara Media. He is also an active DJ and dance-party...