Faculty

  • Photo of Amanda Anderson

    Director, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and Humanities

    (401) 863-6074

    Pembroke Hall, Room 115

    Amanda Anderson is Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and Humanities. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-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, 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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    John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English, Governing Board Member

    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...

  • 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), Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford University Press), The Epic of America (London: Bloomsbury), and the first comprehensive surveys of Latin writing from colonial Spanish America and Brazil for Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Neo-Latin World (Leiden and Boston: Brill) and Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (Oxford University Press).

  • 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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    Visiting Professor of Humanities

    Tapati Guha-Thakurta is Visiting Professor of Humanities at Brown University and Professor in History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), which she directed from 2012 to 2017. With Vazira Zamindar, she teaches this Fall 2018 the Collaborative Humanities Seminar "Art History from the South: Circulations, Simulations, Transfigurations." She has written widely on the art and cultural history of modern India. Her two main books are The Making of a New 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Postcolonial India (Columbia University Press, and Permanent Black, 2004). She is also the author of several exhibition monographs, including Visual Worlds of Modern Bengal: An introduction to the archive of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (Seagull, Kolkata, 2002), The Aesthetics of the Popular Print: Lithographs and Oleographs from 19th and 20th Century India (Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, 2006), The City in the Archive: Calcutta’s Visual Histories (Calcutta: CSSSC, 2011)....

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    Visiting Professor of the Humanities and Middle East Studies

    Adi Ophir is a Visiting Professor affiliated with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Middle East Studies Program and Professor Emeritus from Tel Aviv University. His current research focuses on political concepts as events, performances, and discursive apparatuses, with special attention to three concepts: “concept” and “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. Among his recent books, 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...