• Associate Director, Lecturer in Humanities


    Pembroke Hall, Room 109

    Damien Mahiet is Associate Director of the Cogut Institute and Lecturer in Humanities. His interests lie at the intersection of several disciplines, in the ways musical ideas and practices inform political thought and regimes in Europe and the United States. One particular focus of his research has been the diplomatic invention of the Concert of Nations. Trained in political thought (MA Sciences Po Paris) and musicology (PhD Cornell University), he was a fellow at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center in 2012–2013. His work has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Music19th-Century Music, Dance Research, History of European Ideas, and the Journal of International Political Theory. He co-edited L'Institution musicale (Delatour, 2011) and Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

  • Department Manager


    Pembroke Hall, Room 114

    Kit Salisbury, as Department Manager, handles everything from the finances and grant management to supervision of the administrative staff and building issues. Kit has managed high-tech start-ups, worked as a director of development for two non-profit organizations, and been the human resources director for an internet service provider. She joined Brown in 2002 as an academic department coordinator in Chemistry. Kit has been with the Cogut Institute since its beginnings as the Cogut Center in 2006.

  • Academic Programs Coordinator


    Pembroke Hall, Room 111

    As Academic Programs Coordinator, Aryn Fine provides administrative support for HMAN courses as well as the institute's fellowship program. She coordinates application and review cycles for funding and fellowship opportunities and handles reimbursements for research and instructional funds. Before returning to the East Coast, Aryn lived in Berlin and worked in student life at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She studied Comparative Literature at New York University.

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    Cogut Institute Assistant


    Pembroke Hall, Room 116

    Traude Kastner handles most of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Institute’s dynamic event schedule throughout the year. In addition, she handles general administrative tasks for the department and coordinates the Mellon Graduate Workshops program. Traude hails from Vienna, Austria where she worked as the Fellows Coordinator at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen.  When she moved to Rhode Island, she worked at Bryant University’s Chafee Center for International Business before joining the Cogut Institute staff in 2008.