Catherine Baumann is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Germanic Studies, Director of the German Language Program, and Director of the University of Chicago Language Center (CLC). At the CLC, she oversees language testing and policy across the College. She also supervises graduate student lecturers teaching language courses in the College and is responsible for the first-, second-, and third-year German curriculum. Baumann is co-author of the first-year textbook Kreise, and is an ACTFL-certified Oral Proficiency Interview tester and trainer in German.
Jason Bridges is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. His primary research and teaching areas are the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, with interests in metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of action, Wittgenstein’s later work, and political philosophy. He has authored numerous articles and co-edited The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Reflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Seth Brodsky is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music. A musicologist by training, his research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century music and the intersection of music and philosophy, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. He is the author of the forthcoming book, From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious (University of California Press, 2017).
Benjamin Callard is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. His areas of specialization are ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. He also has strong interests in the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of the mind, and the philosophy of language.
James Chandler is the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and English Language and Literature; he is also the Director of both the Franke Institute for the Humanities and the Center for Disciplinary Innovation. Chandler has published widely on literature from the eighteenth century onwards on topics in Irish studies, the Romantic Movement, and more recently on cinema. His current research includes a study of the works of Maria Edgeworth—a prolific Anglo-Irish writer of adult and children's literature—and a forthcoming book, How to Do Criticism.
Garin Cycholl is Lecturer in the Committee on Creative Writing. His recent work has appeared with Admit2, Rain Taxi, Exquisite Corpse, New American Writing, and Seven Corners. He is author of Blue Mound to 161 (winner of the 2003 Transcontinental Prize), Nightbirds, Levitations, and Raeftown Georgics. Since 2002, he has been a member of Chicago’s Jimmy Wynn fiction collaborative.
Ahmed El Shamsy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. El Shamsy studies the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on the evolution of the classical Islamic disciplines and scholarly culture within their broader historical context. His research interests include themes such as orality and literacy, the history of the book, and the theory and practice of Islamic law. He is the author of The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Maud Ellmann is Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English in the Department of English Language and Literature. Her research and teaching interests focus on British and European modernism and literary theory, particularly psychoanalysis and feminism. She has published several books, the most recent of which is The Nets of Modernism: Henry James, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Sigmund Freud (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Allyson Nadia Field is Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. Her research investigates race and representation in interdisciplinary contexts surrounding cinema. Her primary research interest is African American film, both silent-era and more contemporary filmmaking practices. She is the author of Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film and the Possibility of Black Modernity (Duke University Press, 2015).
Lenore Grenoble is the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Linguistics. She specializes in Slavic and Arctic Indigenous languages, and is currently conducting fieldwork on Evenki (Tungusic) in Siberia, Kalaallisut (West Greenlandic, Inuit) in Greenland, and Wolof (Niger-Congo) in Senegal. Her research focuses on the study of contact linguistics and language shift, discourse and conversation analysis, deixis, and issues in the study of language endangerment, attrition, and revitalization. She is the co-author of Saving Languages: An Introduction to Language Revitalization (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and co-editor of numerous edited volumes including Language Typology and Historical Contingency (John Bengamins Press, 2013) and Language Documentation: Practices and Values (John Bengamins Press, 2010).
Ghenwa Hayek is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her research spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the Arab Middle East, focusing on the relationships between literary and cultural production, space and place, and identity formation. Hayek is also a translator whose works have appeared in the literary magazine Banipal and the anthology Beirut 39: New Writing From the Arab World, as well as in mainstream publications like The New York Times and The International New York Times.
Imani Winds are an internationally touring wind quintet noted for dynamic performances, adventurous collaborations, inspirational outreach programs, and a strong commitment to commissioning new works. Imani Winds will serve as the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 academic years.
Chrysanthi Koutsiviti is Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics. Her areas of study include Modern Greek language, linguistics, and literature.
Michael Kremer is the Mary R. Morton Professor in the Department of Philosophy. His chief research interests are in logic, the philosophy of language, and early analytic philosophy. He also has a strong interest in issues concerning the relationship between reason and religious faith.
Laura Letinsky is Professor in the Department of Visual Arts. Her still life photography often focuses on questions of materialism and consumerism, as well as transformation and sensation. Her color photographic series have been shown at museums and galleries worldwide including the Yancey Richardson Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Nederlands Foto Institute, the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, and the Shine Gallery in London. A recent collection of her photographs, Ill Form and Void Full (Radius Press, 2015), was nominated by The New York Times as one of the Best Photo Books of 2015.
Rochona Majumdar is Associate Professor in the Departments of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and Cinema and Media Studies. A historian of modern India, her research interests span histories of Indian cinema, gender and marriage in colonial India, and Indian intellectual thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of two books, Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal (Duke University Press, 2009) and Writing Postcolonial History (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2010), and is currently researching the history of the film society movement in India from 1947 to 1977.
Maria Anna Mariani is Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. She is a specialist in Italian autobiography and studies the relationship between memory and narrative, specifically the theme of trauma and survival. She is the author of Sull’autobiografia contemporanea: Nathalie Sarraute, Elias Canetti, Alice Munro, Primo Levi [On Contemporary Autobiography] (Carocci, 2012), and co-author of a history of Italian literature for upper-level secondary students, LiberaMente: Storia e antologia della letteratura italiana.
Miguel Martínez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. His research focuses on the cultural and literary histories of early modern Iberia and colonial Latin America. He is the author of Front Lines: Soldiers’ Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).
Christine Mehring is Professor in the Department of Art History. Her research interests include abstraction, art and design, postwar Western Europe, German art, and relations between new and traditional media. She is the author of Blinky Palermo, Abstraction of an Era (Yale University Press, 2008) and editor of Gerhard Richter: Early Work, 1951–1972 (Getty Publications, 2010).
Sarah Nooter is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics. Her interests include Greek drama, archaic poetry, literary theory, and contemporary poetry and theater. She is book review editor of Classical Philology and is the author of When Heroes Sing: Sophocles and the Shifting Soundscape of Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Sam Pluta is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music. He is a composer and electronics performer whose work explores the intersections between instrumental forces, reactive computerized sound worlds, traditionally notated scores, improvisation, audio-visuals, psycho-acoustic phenomena, and installation-like soundscapes. Since 2009, he has served as Technical Director and composing member of Wet Ink Ensemble, one of the premiere new music ensembles in the United States. In addition to his work with Wet Ink, Sam has received commissions and written music for groups like Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Dal Niente, International Contemporary Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Mantra Percussion, and Spektral Quartet.
Hervé Reculeau is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Reculeau is a historian of Syria and Mesopotamia in the second millennium BCE, with a focus on the environmental and social histories of the ancient Near East. As an epigrapher, he is in charge of editing some of the cuneiform tablets discovered at the ancient cities of Mari (Syria) and Aššur (Iraq).
Steven Rings is Associate Professor in the Department of Music. His wide-ranging research incorporates transformational theory, phenomenology, popular music, and voice. He is the author of Tonality and Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2011), which received the Society for Music Theory’s 2012 Emerging Scholar Award, and his current book project explores Bob Dylan’s fifty-year performing career.
Haun Saussy is University Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations. His interests include classical Chinese poetry and commentary, literary theory, comparative study of oral traditions, problems of translation, pre-twentieth-century media history, ethnography, and the ethics of medical care. His most recent book is The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and Its Technologies (Fordham University Press, 2016).
Edward Shaughnessy is the Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Shaughnessy is a scholar of ancient China who studies China's archaeologically recovered texts as well as the literary traditions in which they were born. His research interests lie heavily in bronze inscriptions and the Zhou Yi, both of which reached their full maturity toward the end of the Western Zhou period (1045 to 771 B.C.E.).
Olga Solovieva is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her work brings texts and concepts from numerous disciplines—including literature, film, religious studies, art history, philosophy, and law—into dialogue with one another. She is interested in what can "be done with words": this leads her to focus on the history of rhetoric, performance, communication, interdisciplinary narratology, and media studies, particularly in their material and corporeal aspects.
Richard Strier is the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature. His life-long project is to bring together two modes of literary study that have traditionally been seen as antagonistic: formalism and historicism. He is deeply interested in the intellectual history of the early modern period, especially theological and political ideas. His most recent book, The Unrepentant Renaissance from Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton (University of Chicago Press, 2011), was awarded the 2011 Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for Literary Criticism. Strier is also editor of the journal Modern Philology.
Vu Tran is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Committee on Creative Writing. His first novel, Dragonfish, was a 2015 New York Times Notable Book, and his short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery Stories, A Best of Fence, and other publications. He has received honors from Glimmer Train Stories and the Michigan Quarterly Review, and is a recipient of a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2011 Finalist Award for the Vilcek Prize. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow.
Theo van den Hout is the Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Oriental Institute. Interested in all aspects of Late Bronze and Iron Age Anatolia, van den Hout focuses his research on Hittite culture, history, and language. The author of several books, most recently The Elements of Hittite (Cambridge University Press, 2011), he is also Executive Editor of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary.
Tyler Williams is Assistant Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. A Hindi scholar, Williams’ research interests include book history, literacy, aesthetics, and mercantile religious and literary culture in South Asia. He is currently working on two research projects: the first is a social and material history of vernacular reading practices in North India; the second is a study of the role of merchant communities in shaping Hindi literary tastes bhakti religious sensibilities in the early modern period.
Lisa Zaher is the UChicago Arts Conservation Research Fellow and a member of the Concrete Traffic research team. Her writing and teaching focus on the history of modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on photographic media (still and moving images, as well as proto-cinematic devices, video and new digital platforms for distribution and display), historiography, and the conservation of fine art and media. She is interested in how Concrete Traffic—as a singular work of art—provides alternative and shifting models for art historical interpretation as a result of the research surrounding its conservation.
Lawrence Zbikowski is Professor in the Department of Music. His principal research interests involve applying recent work in cognitive science to various problems confronted by music scholars, with a particular focus on music theory and analysis. He is the author of Conceptualizing Music: Cognitive Structure, Theory, and Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2002), which won the 2004 Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory.