Governing Board

  • Governing Board Member

    Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman is Associate Professor of American Studies and English. She published Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race (Duke University Press, 2012). She is a two-time winner of the Darwin T. Turner Award for Best Essay of the Year in African American Review and winner of the GLQ Caucus’s Crompton-Noll Best Essay of the Year Prize. Abdur-Rahman has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Mellon Foundation, the W.E.B Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, and the JFK Institute at the Freie Universität, Berlin. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, GLQ, The Black Scholar, ASAP/Journal, Faulkner Journal, American Literary History, The James Baldwin Review, among other scholarly journals and critical anthologies. She is currently completing her second book, provisionally titled "Millennial Style: The Politics of Experiment in Contemporary African Diasporic Culture."

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    Director, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and Humanities

    Amanda Anderson is Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities 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. Her books include Character: Three Inquiries in Literary Studies (University of Chicago Press, TRIOS series, 2019; with Rita Felski and Toril Moi), 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 (On leave 2020-2021)

    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.

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    John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English, Governing Board Member (2020-2021)

    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.

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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....

  • Governing Board Member

    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.

  • Governing Board Member

    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

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    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.