Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The New Humanities Faculty Salons






Please join Division of Humanities Dean Sarah Cole in welcoming our newest colleagues from across the division.  

Hosted by the Division of Humanities in the Arts and Sciences and co-sponsored by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, the New Humanities Faculty Salons are an opportunity to meet new faculty members as they join the Columbia Humanities community.  Learn more about our new faculty members and their research in a casual setting.  By bringing together scholars from across the Division, we hope to open conversations across the wider Humanities community.  

Salons will be held at the Society of Fellows / Heyman Center for the HumanitiesAll interested faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend.  Events will be 100% in-person.

The first event in the series, originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, has been RESCHEDULED.  We will announce a new date as soon as possible.









Allison Aitken, Philosophy

Allison Aitken's research centers on non-standard theories of relations and dependence structures in the history of metaphysics, both South Asian as well as early modern European. She is currently working on two projects: the first is a defense of the Madhyamaka Buddhist ontological dependence structure understood as a kind of metaphysical indefinitism; the second is an interpretation of the Lockean person as a relation. 

Jerónimo Duarte-Riascos, Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Jerónimo Duarte-Riascos is an assistant professor of Latin American and Iberian cultures. His research, teaching, and curatorial projects concentrate on modern and contemporary artistic practices, with special attention to their literary and visual manifestations in Latin America.  His current book project, tentatively titled Almost the Same But Not Quite–The Prosthetic Condition in Latin American Artistic Practices, studies works of art that simultaneously feature literary and visual components, and that were produced in the region after 1980. 

Ofer Dynes, Slavic Languages

Ofer Dynes is Leonard Kaye Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.  Dynes specializes in the literature and cultural history of Eastern European Jewry from the 18th to 21st centuries. He has a particular interest in the nexus of literature and political thought. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Fiction of the State: The Polish Partitions and the Beginning of Modern Jewish Literature (1772–1848).   

Racquel Gates, School of the Arts

Racquel Gates's research focuses on blackness and popular culture, with special attention to discourses of taste and quality. She is the author of Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke, 2018), where she argues that some of the most disreputable representations in black popular culture can strategically pose questions about blackness, black culture, and American society. In 2020, she was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She will use the grant to support work on her next book, Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness.








Isabel Huacuja Alonso, MESAAS 

Isabel Huacuja Alonso is a historian of sound media and modern South Asia. Her current book manuscript, Radio for the Millions is a transnational history of radio broadcasting in Hindi and Urdu from the late colonial period through the early post-independence era (1920-1980). Fellowships from the American Institutes of Indian and Pakistan Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies (2015 and 2020), and the Institute for Historical Studies at University of Texas at Austin (2016) have funded her research. Her publications have appeared in Public Culture, South Asia, SAGAR, and The Caravan, Scroll, and the Spanish-language magazine Algarabia, among others. 

Amy Hungerford, English and Comparative Literature

Amy Hungerford, the Ruth Fulton Benedict Professor of English and Comparative Literature, currently serves as Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. A scholar of American literature, her first two monographs explore literary engagements with genocide and with religion in the 20th century. Her most recent book, Making Literature Now, examines how social networks—both virtual and traditional—shape contemporary writers’ creative choices and the choices we make about reading. Her current research and writing is about the sociable qualities of solitude. 

Rebecca Kastleman, English

Rebecca Kastleman teaches and writes about modern and contemporary drama, theater, and performance. Her scholarship tracks the global trajectories of theater and performance history, focusing particularly on dramatic literature in Great Britain and the United States. Professor Kastleman's current book project, Profaning Acts: The Drama of Religion on the Modern Stage, explores how British and American dramatists became newly fascinated with religion after the turn of the twentieth century, demonstrating how playwrights' investigations of religious belief drew them into vexed encounters with global performance practices. 

Mark Lipovetsky, Slavic Languages

Mark Lipovetsky's research interests include such subjects as post-Soviet culture, Russian postmodernism, post-Soviet drama, late Soviet nonconformist culture, and tricksters in Soviet culture. He has edited 5 volumes of Dmitry Prigov’s collected works and currently is working on his critical biography. Lipovetsky’s works were nominated for the Russian Little Booker Prize (1997) and short-listed for the Andrey Bely Prize (2008).  In 2014, Lipovetsky received an award of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages for the outstanding contribution to scholarship.








Shana Redmond, English / CSER

Shana L. Redmond (she|her) is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race (CSER) at Columbia University. A writer and interdisciplinary scholar of race, culture, and power, she is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU Press, 2014) and Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke UP, 2020), which received a 2021 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation with the special citation of the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Award for Criticism. 

Alan Ross, Classics

Alan Ross's research lies at the intersection of literary and historical studies in Late Antiquity. His first book, Ammianus’ Julian: Narrative and Genre in the Res Gestae, offered a narratological and intertextual study of the last great work of Latin historiography, and he has also published a number of articles on satire, hagiography, the novel, and epideictic oratory in the fourth century. His current book project focuses on Greek political rhetoric under the sons of Constantine. 

Aziza Shanazarova, Religion

Aziza Shanazarova specializes on the religious history of Islamic Central Asia and the broader Persianate world with an emphasis on the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. She is currently working on a book project entitled Female Religiosity and Gender History in Early Modern Central Asia: The Great Lady and Her Legacy, which is a study of female religious authority, spirituality and gender history based on the case of the 16th-century female Sufi master known as Aghā-yi Buzurg (The Great Lady).