Faculty Fellows

  • Bathsheba Demuth


    Bathsheba Demuth is Assistant Professor of History and the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society at Brown University, where she is also an affiliated faculty member in Native American and Indigenous Studies and Science and Technology Studies. An environmental historian, her research focuses on the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic and on how the histories of people, ideas, places, and non-human species intersect. Her first book, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait (Norton, 2019) examined capitalist and socialist attempts to transform the northern borderlands of both countries, while her new research turns to the Yukon River watershed and how rights for nonhuman beings have been conceived and codified across indigenous, imperial, and nation-state traditions.

  • Fall 2019 Faculty Fellow

    Paja Faudree is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is one of three faculty members forming the Executive Committee of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative. She serves on the Governing Boards of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, and is also affiliated with Science and Technology Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Development Studies, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, and the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World. Her research interests include language and politics, indigenous literary and social movements, the interface of music and language, ethnohistory of New World colonization, and the global marketing of psychedelic plants and indigenous knowledge about them. Faudree received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and came to Brown following a Harper-Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago. Her research has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Fulbright IIE, American Philosophical Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Fulbright-Hays. She is a published poet and playwright and holds an MFA from Brown's literary arts program....

  • Tim Harris


    Tim Harris is Munro-Goodwin-Wilkinson Professor of History and affiliated with the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World at Brown University. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Cambridge University and was a Fellow of Emmanuel College from 1983 before moving to Brown University in 1986. A social historian of politics, he has written about the interface of high and low politics, popular protest movements, ideology and propaganda, party politics, the law and the constitution, popular culture, and the politics of religious dissent in 17th-century England, Scotland, and Ireland. His books include London Crowds in the Reign of Charles II (Cambridge University Press, 1987), Politics under the Later Stuarts (Routledge, 1993), Restoration: Charles II and his Kingdoms (Routledge, 2005), Revolution: The Great Crisis of the British Monarchy, 1685-1720 (Penguin, 2006), and Rebellion: Britain’s First Stuart Kings (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has produced numerous edited volumes and co-edits the book series “Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History” for Boydell Press. He is currently working on a book on Britain’s Century of Revolutions for Oxford University Press and engaged in a study of national...


    Jay Reed is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Brown University. His research focuses on poetic constructions of subjectivity and identity in ancient Greece and Rome, especially in the Hellenistic period and early Roman Empire, and their reception in early modern and modern culture. He has published on Virgil, Ovid, later Greek bucolic poetry, and the ancient myths and cults of Adonis and other “dying gods.” His current project is a book-length study of the poetics of empire focusing on the Roman reception of Hellenistic Greek literature, and embracing the political dimension of Augustan poetry in general and its lasting influence on later European culture.

  • Spring 2020 Faculty Fellow

    Mary Louise Gill is the David Benedict Professor of Classics and Philosophy. She joined Brown University in 2001 after teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. She has held visiting appointments at Dartmouth, Stanford, UCLA, UC-Davis, and Harvard. She has been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, a visiting fellow at Clare Hall in Cambridge, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Gill's research interests center on ancient Greek philosophy and science. She is the author of Aristotle on Substance: the Paradox of Unity (Princeton University Press, 1989). She wrote the introduction for, and was co-translator of Plato: Parmenides (Hackett, 1996) and Philosophos: Plato's Missing Dialogue (Oxford University Press, 2012). Her current research project, "God of the Greek Philosophers," contrasts Plato's and Aristotle's conceptions of god as either creating or maintaining the world.


    Daniel Hirschman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brown University and an affiliate of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. His research focuses on the role of numbers in political and economic life. He is currently completing a book, The Stylized Facts of Inequality, which examines how social scientists’ measurements of inequality, like the gender wage gap and the racial wealth gap, circulate both academically and politically. His next project, tentatively titled “The Costs of Climate Change,” looks at the techniques that economists, investors, and insurance companies use to make the future unsafe for the present. His work has also examined the politics of race-conscious undergraduate admissions and the interaction between financial regulation and financial innovation.

  • Daniel J. Smith


    Daniel Jordan Smith is Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. ’32 Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. He is also the Director of the Watson Institute’s Africa Initiative. Smith conducts research in Nigeria focusing on a range of issues, including political culture, kinship, gender, and health. He won the 2008 Margaret Mead Award for his first book, A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria (Princeton, 2007). Smith’s second book, AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria won the 2015 Elliott P. Skinner Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology. His most recent book is To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job: Masculinity, Money, and Intimacy in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2014). His current research project investigates how Nigerians cope with widespread failures of fundamental infrastructure and basic services, with particular attention to how the resulting entrepreneurial activities and informal economic enterprises are, ironically, central to the consolidation of state power and the substance of citizenship.

  • Debbie Weinstein


    Debbie Weinstein is Associate Professor of American Studies at Brown University. Her research focuses on historical and cultural studies of science and medicine in the United States, with particular attention to the human sciences, therapeutic culture, gender, race, and the body. At the Cogut Institute, Weinstein will be working on her current book project, “Human Nature at War: Culture and Conflict in Modern America,” which is under contract with Harvard University Press. Her book examines how the international conflicts of the long 20th century shaped the contours of scientific studies of human nature and how, in turn, theories of human nature were invoked to explain the century’s violent wars.