Governing Board

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

    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).

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    Governing Board Member

    Shahzad Bashir is Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities and Director of Middle East Studies. He specializes in intellectual and social history circa fourteenth century CE to the present. He has published three books, an edited volume, and academic articles on a variety of topics. Bashir’s work has been supported by fellowships from the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Stanford Humanities Center, ACLS, and the NEH. He is currently working on a book entitled “Islamic Pasts and Futures: Conceptual Explorations” that critiques the way Islamic history has been conceptualized in modern scholarship. The book suggests alternatives, with emphasis on the multiplicity of temporal configurations found in Islamic materials. Bashir leads the Islam and the Humanities initiative at Brown that seeks to enhance interaction between scholars interested in Islam and various fields in the humanities. Besides hosting events, the initiative sponsors the Islamic Humanities book series published by the University of California Press.

  • Governing Board Member (November 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

    Laura Bass is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2000. From 2000 to 2012, she taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University, where she was director of graduate studies for two years. She has also held visiting appointments at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities and Brown. Bass's research and teaching cross the disciplinary borders of literature and culture, as well as art history and history. Her book, The Drama of the Portrait: Theater and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain (Penn State University Press, 2008), won the 2010 Eleanor Tufts Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies. She is also co-editor of the MLA volume Approaches to Teaching Early Modern Spanish Drama (2006).

  • Interim Director, Professor of English

    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.

  • Governing Board Member (On leave 2019–2020)

    Paja Faudree is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests include language and politics, indigenous literary and social movements, the interface between music and language, the ethnohistory of New World colonization, and the global marketing of indigenous rights discourses, indigenous knowledge, and plants. 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.

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    Governing Board Member

    Sharon Krause is Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of Political Science. Her work spans both the history of political thought (especially the 18th century) and contemporary liberal and democratic theory. She is currently writing a book called "Eco-Emancipation: An Earthly Politics of Freedom," which explores the relationship between the human domination of nature and the political, economic, and social domination of human beings — and identifies principles, practices, and institutional forms that could support a more emancipatory political relationship between people and the Earth. She is also the author of Freedom Beyond Sovereignty (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Civil Passions (Princeton University Press, 2008), and Liberalism with Honor (Harvard University Press, 2002) as well as numerous articles on topics ranging from freedom to social inequality to civic engagement to the role of passions in politics. She received her BA from Wellesley College, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in political theory from Harvard University. She is a member of the working group spearheading the Environmental Humanities Initiative....

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    Thomas A. Lewis '90, Professor of Religious Studies, is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the Graduate School. His work engages the intersections of philosophy of religion, religious ethics, and methodology in the study of religion. His publications include two books on Hegel's ethical, political, and religious thought, as well as Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion – and Vice Versa (Oxford University Press, 2015). He received his doctoral degree at Stanford University and joined the faculty in 2007. Most recently, he was a 2015–2016 Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton's University Center for Human Values; he has also taught at the University of Iowa and Harvard University.

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    Governing Board Member (on leave Spring and Fall 2020)

    Rebecca Nedostup is a historian of society, politics, and culture in modern China and Taiwan, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History. Her interests include displacement and emplacement; the social and political roles of the living and the dead amid mass violence; and the critical analysis of the state over the long term. She is writing a book, "Living and Dying in the Long War," on the making and unmaking of community among people displaced by conflict in China and Taiwan from the 1930s through the 1950s. Nedostup is the author of Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity, as well as works on Chinese political and print cultures; the modern categorization of religious practice; and wartime and postwar society in the twentieth century. She and her department have been active participants in the American Historical Association’s Career Diversity for Historians initiative. She is also co-PI on Magpie, a program for standardized organization and sharing of sources across the digital divide.

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    Marc Redfield is Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University. He studies British, American, French, and German literature and literary theory of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on romanticism and on the history, philosophy, and politics of post-romantic aesthetics. He is the author of Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman (Cornell University Press, 1996); The Politics of Aesthetics: Nationalism, Gender, Romanticism (Stanford University 2003); The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror (Fordham University Press, 2009); and Theory at Yale: The Strange Case of Deconstruction in America (Fordham University Press, 2016). He has co-edited High Anxieties: Cultural Studies in Addiction (University of California Press, 2002), edited Legacies of Paul de Man (Fordham University Press, 2007), co-edited Points of Departure: Samuel Weber between Spectrality and Reading (Northwestern University Press, 2016), and guest-edited special issues of the journals Diacritics, Romantic Praxis, and The Wordsworth Circle.

  • 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

  • Governing Board Member

    Patricia Ybarra is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. She is the author of Performing Conquest: Five Centuries of Theatre, History and Identity in Tlaxcala, Mexico (University of Michigan Press, 2009) and Latinx Theatre in Times of Neoliberalism (Northwestern University Press, 2018) as well as of articles in Aztlán, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics. She is also the co-editor with Lara Nielsen of Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; paperback 2015). Ybarra is a former President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.