Faculty Steering Committee Chairs Group

This committee is comprised of the chairs of each of the regional Faculty Steering Committees.

Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Amman; Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Brinkley Messick specializes in the anthropology of law, legal history, written culture, and the circulation and interpretation of Islamic law.  He is the author of The Calligraphic State (1993), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, and co-editor of Islamic Legal Interpretation (1996). His scholarly articles include "Indexing the Self: Expression and Intent in Islamic Legal Acts," Islamic Law & Society (2001); “Written Identities: Legal Subjects in an Islamic State,” History of Religions (1998);  “Genealogies of Reading and the Scholarly Cultures of Islam,” in S. Humphreys, ed. Cultures of Scholarship (1997); and “Textual Properties: Writing and Wealth in a Yemeni Shari a Case,” Anthropology Quarterly (1995).

He is at work on a book on the doctrine and court practice of Shari`a law in the pre-revolutionary twentieth-century Islamic state of highland Yemen. He is also interested in a critical review of anthropology’s early disinclination, as a matter of disciplinary identity, to deal with written sources.

He teaches courses on Islamic law; Islam and theory; and Muslim society. In 2009 he received the Outstanding Senior Scholar Award from the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.


Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing; Robert L Lieff Professor of Law


Benjamin Liebman is professor of law and the director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. His current research focuses on the role of the media in the Chinese legal system, on Chinese tort law, and on the evolution of China’s courts and legal profession.

Professor Liebman’s recent scholarship includes, “Toward Competitive Supervision?  The Media and the Courts,” China Quarterly (forthcoming 2011); “A Return to Populist Legality? Historical Legacies and Legal Reform,” in Mao’s Invisible Hand, (Elizabeth Perry and Sebastian Heilmann, eds.) (forthcoming Harvard University Asia Center 2011); “A Populist Threat to China’s Courts?” in Chinese Justice:  Civil Dispute Resolution in Post-Reform China(Mary Gallagher & Margaret Woo, eds.) (forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2011); “Changing Media, Changing Courts?” in Changing Media, Changing China (Susan Shirk ed., forthcoming Oxford University Press 2010); and  “Reputational Sanctions in China’s Securities Markets” (with Curtis J. Milhaupt), Columbia Law Review (2008).

Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2002, Professor Liebman was an associate in the London and Beijing offices of Sullivan & Cromwell. He also previously served as a law clerk to Justice David Souter and to Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale, Oxford, and Harvard Law School.

Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul; Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature;

Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, received his BA from Yale in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974.  He is editor  of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle  East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from  October 1991 until June 1993. He is author of Sowing Crisis: American  Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage:  The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in  the Middle East (2004); Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996); Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making  During the 1982 War (1986); and British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980), and was the co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982) and The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991).

Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai; Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business

Gita Johar (PhD: NYU; MBA: Indian Institute of Management) has been on the faculty of Columbia Business School since 1992 and is currently the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business. Professor Johar's expertise lies in consumer psychology, focusing on how consumers react to marketing efforts, especially advertising, promotions and sponsorship. She also examines the influence of consumer self-control and perceptions of control on decision making and consumption. This research has implications for the design of effective communication strategies.

She has published several influential articles in the areas of consumer persuasion and decision making in leading marketing journals such as the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychological Science and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Professor Johar currently serves as the Associate Editor of two major journals in her field, the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Consumer Research and sits on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. She served as co-chair of the 2010 Association for Consumer Research conference. Professor Johar teaches courses on Advertising and Branding, Global Marketing Consulting for Social Enterprise, Research Methods, and Consumer Behavior to MBA, Executive MBA and PhD students.

Co-Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi; Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine (In ICAP)

Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr's activities focus on various aspects of the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics domestically and globally. She led the development of several international programs focused on development of HIV care and treatment programs in several resource-limited countries. Her focus has been the development of programs that address the needs of adults and children by using a family-focused model of care provided by well-trained multidisciplinary teams of providers. Dr. El-Sadr has also championed the establishment of care programs that integrate the management of tuberculosis in HIV care programs. Dr. El-Sadr's has focused on both domestic as well as international issues related to HIV and tuberculosis. The programs she established at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City have informed her international efforts. Dr. El-Sadr has extensive research experience. She has received funding from National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations and foundations. Her research work has focused on identification of strategies for management of HIV disease and for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis. She is a founding member of the NIH-funded Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS (CPCRA), a research network committed to providing access to research to underrepresented populations. She leads a unit of the NIH-funded HIV Prevention trials network where her work has focused on microbicide research. She is also an established researcher for the CDC-funded Tuberculosis Treatment Consortiuma and the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium. Dr. El-Sadr has authored many articles in professional journals and serves on numerous professional committees.

Co-Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi; Herbert Lehman Professor of Government; Professor of Anthropology

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999). He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002 he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of books, among other journals.

He teaches courses on: major debates in the study of Africa; the modern state and the colonial subject; the Cold War and the Third World; the theory, history, and practice of human rights; and civil wars and the state in Africa.

Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Paris; George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Professor Gluck writes on modern Japan and East Asia, twentieth-century global history, World War II, and the history-writing and public memory. At Columbia she has taught undergraduates, graduate students, and students in SIPA for more than 30 years.

She has contributed to innovations in undergraduate education at Columbia and around the country, most recently in a four-year $2-million project on Expanding East Asian Studies (www.exeas.org). Her PhD students now teach in universities across the United States, Asia, and Europe.

A prize-winning historian, her most recent book is Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, coedited with Anna Tsing (Duke University Press, 2009). Her next book, Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, will be published by the University of California Press in 2012. Her most recent article is "The End of Elsewhere: Writing Modernity Now," American Historical Review (June 2011). Her media publications include a column in Japanese for Newsweek Japan from 2000 to 2006 and occasional pieces in the US and Japanese press.

Her lectures and conferences this past year included keynote addresses at conferences in Brasilia, Vancouver, and London; lectures in France, Amsterdam, and universities in the United States, including the George Bancroft Memorial Lecture at the United States Naval Academy. She also moderates a seminar at the Aspen Institute each summer.

In 2006 she received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the government of Japan and in 2002 was honored with the Japan-United States Fulbright Program 50th Anniversary Distinguished Scholar Award. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Current activities include the National Coalition on Asian and International Studies in the Schools, the board of trustees of Asia Society, the board of directors of the Japan Society, elected member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and others. She will be the Distinguished Visitor in the Program in U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard in March, 2009.

At Columbia she is a member of the Committee on Global Thought and directs the WEAI publications program, working with Dan Rivero and others to produce three series (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Weatherhead Books on Asia, and Asia Perspectives). Her activities this past year have included her positions as elected member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, cochair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, board of directors of Japan Society, board of the Weatherhead Foundation, and numerous editorial boards and national committees.

Professor Gluck received her BA from Wellesley in 1962 and her PhD from Columbia in 1977. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1975.

Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro & Columbia Global Centers | Santiago, Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs

José Antonio Ocampo is director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Member of the Committee on Global Thought and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He is also the Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, an expert committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 2012 – 2013 he chaired the panel created by the IMF Board to review the activities of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office; in 2008-2010, he served as co-director of the UNDP/OAS Project on “Agenda for a Citizens’ Democracy in Latin America”; and in 2009 a Member of the Commission of Experts of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.

Prior to his appointment, Ocampo served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del República (Central Bank of Colombia); Director of the National Planning Department (Minister of Planning); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Executive Director of FEDESARROLLO.

Ocampo has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

Ocampo received his BA in economics and sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and his PhD in economics from Yale University in 1976. He served as Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and of Economic History at the National University of Colombia, and Visiting Fellow at Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Yale. He has received a number of personal honors and distinctions, including the 2012 Jaume Vicens Vives Prize of the Spanish Association of Economic History for the best book on Spanish or Latin American economic history, the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 1988 “Alejandro Angel Escobar” National Science Award of Colombia.

The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence, with Luis Bértola (2012).

Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis, edited with José Antonio Alonso (2012)

Oxford Handbook of Latin American Economics, edited with Jaime Ros (2011).

Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons from the 2008 World Financial Crisis, edited with Stephany Griffith-Jones and Joseph E. Stiglitz (2010).

Growth and Policy in Developing Countries: A Structuralist Approach, with Lance Taylor and Codrina Rada (2009).

Ph.D., Economics, Yale University.

B.A., Economics and Sociology, University of Notre Dame.

PhD in Economics, Yale University

BA in Economics and Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Jaume Vicens Vives Prize of the Spanish Association of Economic History for the best book on Spanish or Latin American economic history, 2012

Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, Tufts University, Global Development and Environment Institute, 2008.

Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2013, Universidad Complutense (Madrid), 2013, and San Marcos University (Lima), 1998.

“Alejandro Angel Escobar” National Science Award, 1988.

Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

“Alejandro Angel Escobar” National Science Award of Colombia

Research & Publications
The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis, Columbia University Press, 2012.

Oxford Handbook of Latin American Economics, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons from the 2008 World Financial Crisis, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Growth and Policy in Developing Countries: A Structuralist Approach, Columbia University Press, 2009.

Vice-Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro & Columbia Global Centers | Santiago, Associate Professor of History, Barnard

Nara Milanich, associate professor of History at Barnard College, specializes in modern Latin America and also directs the interdisciplinary MA program in Latin American Studies. Her research interests center on the comparative history of family and kinship, childhood, and gender and their relationship to class reproduction, state formation, labor, and law. She is the author of "Children of Fate: Childhood, Class, and the State in Chile, 1850–1930" (DukeUniversity Press, 2009) and is currently working on two new projects. One traces the expansion of family rights (defined as new rights and recognition of non-normative families) in twentieth-century Latin America and the other explores forms of servitude involving children in post-emancipation Latin American societies. Her publications have appeared in American Historical Review, Journal of Social History, Hispanic American Historical Review, and Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina, as well as in edited collections in the U.S., Chile, and Colombia. She is co-editor (with Elizabeth Quay Hutchison, Thomas Klubock, and Peter Winn) of "The Chile Reader" (under contract with Duke University Press). She has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.