Faculty Steering Committee

Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul; Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Rashid Khalidi 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: Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013); 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); British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980); and co-editor ofPalestine and the Gulf (1982) and The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991).

Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights; Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs

Elazar Barkan is a Professor of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Human Rights Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He was the founding director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) in The Hague. Professor Barkan served on ISHR’s board of directors before becoming ISHR’s co-director in 2007 and director in 2008. Previously, Professor Barkan served as chair of the History Department and the Cultural Studies Department at the Claremont Graduate University, where he was the founding director of the Humanities Center. Professor Barkan is a historian by training and received his PhD from Brandeis University. His research interests focus on human rights and on the role of history in contemporary society and politics and the response to gross historical crimes and injustices. His human rights work seeks to achieve conflict resolution and reconciliation by bringing scholars from two or more sides of a conflict together and employing historical methodology to create shared narratives across political divides. A recent pertinent article: “Historians and Historical Reconciliation,” (AHR Forum) American Historical Review, (October 2009). Professor Barkan’s other current research interests include refugee repatriation, comparative analysis of historical commissions, shared sacred sites, and the question of human rights impact, specifically with regard to redress and transitional justice. His recent books include No Return, No Refuge: Rites and Rights in Minority Repatriation (with Howard Adelman, Columbia University Press 2011, forthcoming); The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (2000); Claiming the Stones/Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity, (an edited volume with Ronald Bush, Getty, 2003); and Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (an edited volume with Alexander Karn, Stanford University Press, 2006).

Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art History and Archaeology, Department of Art History and Archeology

Zainab Bahrani studied the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University where she earned her MA and PhD degrees in a joint program of Ancient Near Eastern and Greek art and archaeology. Prior to her appointment as the Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, Bahrani taught at the University of Vienna in Austria, The State University of New York, at Stony Brook, New York and was a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Near Eastern Antiquities Department from 1989-1992.

Bahrani is the author and editor of twelve books, including Women of Babylon (London: Routledge, 2001) The Graven Image: Representation in Babylonia and Assyria (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), Rituals of War: the body and violence in Mesopotamia (New York: Zone Books, 2008) which was awarded the James Henry Breasted Book Prize by the American Historical Association for the best book in any field of history prior to 1000 CE. Her 2014 book, The Infinite Image: Art, Time and the Aesthetic Dimension in Antiquity (Reaktion/University of Chicago Press), based on her 2010-2011 Slade Lecture in the Fine Arts at Oxford, won the Lionel Trilling Book prize.

Bahrani's books are investigations into the ontological relationship of the image, the monument, and the world in antiquity. She has been particularly fascinated by the Mesopotamian conception of the image as a form of infinite presence, an argument she expounded in The Graven Image. She writes on the status and meaning of images and of art in general, addressing both ancient and modern philosophies of representation. Her other areas of interest include intellectual history, antiquarianism and the politics of art and archaeology.

Chair, Department of Political Science, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy

Timothy Frye (Ph.D., Columbia, 1997) is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and the Director of The Harriman Institute. Professor Frye received a B.A. in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College in 1986, an M.I.A. from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs in 1992, and a Ph.D. from Columbia in 1997. His research and teaching interests are in comparative politics and political economy with a focus on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Frye is the author of Brokers and Bureaucrats: Building Markets in Russia, which won the 2001 Hewett Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and Building States and Markets after Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy. Among other projects, he is working on a book manuscript, Property Rights and Property Wrongs: Institutions and Economic Development in Russia. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at State Research University-Higher Economics School, Moscow.

Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Holger A. Klein was educated in Art History, Early Christian Archaeology, and German Literature at the universities of Freiburg im Breisgau, Munich, London, and Bonn. His research focuses on Late Antique, Early Medieval, and Byzantine art and architecture, more specifically, on the cult of relics, reliquaries, and issues of cultural and artistic exchange.

From 2004–2007 he served as the Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art and continued to oversee the reinstallation of the museum's renowned collection of Medieval and Byzantine art until 2010. His work as a curator includes various international loan exhibitions, among them Restoring Byzantium. The Kariye Camii in Istanbul and the Byzantine Institute Restoration (Wallach Art Gallery, 2004), Medieval Treasures from The Cleveland Museum of Art (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum/The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007–08) and Treasures of Heaven. Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe (Cleveland Museum of Art/Walters Art Museum/British Museum, 2010–11).

In 2011, he received the 50th annual Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching, which honors a Columbia professor for commitment to undergraduate instruction as well as for "humanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership." Most recently in 2012, he received the Columbia University Distinguished Faculty Award, which recognizes faculty who demonstrate unusual merit as teachers of undergraduate and graduate students as well as outstanding scholarship and service to the university.

At the Center: Professor Klein is leading the Istanbul Digital Mapping Project, a topographical survey that aims to document the numerous Ottoman and Byzantine monuments of Istanbul.  The project is guided by an Advisory Board comprised of several of Istanbul’s leading cultural institutions: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC), Pera Museum, the German Archaeological Institute (DAI, Abt. Istanbul), the American Research Center in Turkey (ARIT), and the Istanbul Research Institute (IAE). Professor Klein will be based in Istanbul during the summer of 2013, where he will be co-teaching a joint Columbia-Bosphorus University Summer Course for students from both universities. The students will be carrying out fieldwork at the sites as part of the course.

Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Hellenic Studies, Department of Classics, Columbia College

Karen Van Dyck is the Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Hellenic Studies. She received a BA from Wesleyan (1983), and MA from Aristotle inThessaloniki (1985) and a D.Phil from Oxford (1990).  She writes and teaches on Modern Greek literature andculture, gender, diaspora and translation. She is the author of Kassandra and the Censors: Greek Poetry since 1967(Cornell, 1998; in translation Agra 2002) and TheRehearsal of Misunderstanding: Three Collections by Contemporary Greek WomenPoets (Wesleyan 1998) and editor of TheScattered Papers of Penelope: New and Selected Poems by KaterinaAnghelaki-Rooke (Anvil, 2008; Graywolf, 2009), A Lannan TranslationSelection. She is co-editor of A Century of Greek Poetry (Cosmos, 2004) as well as of The Greek Poets: Homer to thePresent (Norton, 2009). Besides these projects she has publishedarticles on Diaspora literature, the Language Question, translation and multilingualism.She has directed the Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia since 1988 andbeen an active member of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, theCenter for Literary Translation and the Institute for Comparative Literatureand Society. She is currently working with the Fulbright commission on an inter-university and interdisciplinary project that connectsGreek and American scholars in Translation Studies.

Chair, Department of Slavic Languages; Professor of Slavic Languages

Valentina Izmirlieva is a scholar of Balkan and Russian religious cultures with a strong background in critical theory and intellectual history. Two areas of specialization represent the scope of her teaching interests: the religious culture of the Orthodox Slavs with an emphasis on the medieval and early modern periods, and literary Modernism and Postmodernism with a focus on Vladimir Nabokov. Much of her research addresses cultural transfers among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the context of multi-religious empires.

Dean, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mary C. Boyce is Dean of Engineering and Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to joining Columbia, Dean Boyce served on the faculty of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for over 25 years, leading the Mechanical Engineering Department from 2008 to 2013. Her research focuses on materials and mechanics, particularly in the areas of molecular and nanomechanics of polymers and soft composites, both those that are man-made and those formed naturally. Her leadership in the field of the mechanics of materials has expanded understanding of the interplay between micro-geometry and the inherent physical behavior of a material, which has led to innovative hybrid material designs with novel properties. Models and results from her group have the potential to influence a range of industrial and academic fields from polymer processing to composite material design, tire mechanics, protective armor designs, and transformative meta-material design. She is well known for her collaborative work and leadership in overseeing research teams that bring together faculty from different departments and universities and is the author of more than 150 archival journal publications with her group.

George Sansom Professor of History,Department of History; Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Department of East Asian Language & 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.

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Hiba Bou Akar is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Planning program at Columbia GSAPP. Bou Akar received her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Master in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Bou Akar’s research examines the geographies of planning and war; the question of urban security and violence, focusing on the role of religious political organizations in the making of cities. Her forthcoming book, For the War Yet to Come: Planning Beirut’s Peripheries, examines how Beirut's post-civil war peripheries have been transformed through multiple planning exercises into contested frontiers that are mired in new forms of conflict. It contributes to planning thought by studying planning practice within a framework of past and anticipated violence. Her first co-edited book, Narrating Beirut from its Borderlines, incorporated ethnographic and archival research with art installations, architecture, graphic design, and photography to explore Beirut’s segregated geographies. Bou Akar’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Wenner- Gren Foundation, and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS). Her work was also supported by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.

Before joining Columbia GSAPP, Bou Akar taught at Hampshire College and the American University of Beirut. She also worked as an architect and planner and as a research consultant with local NGOs and international UN organizations in the Middle East. She is the co-editor of Jadaliyya Cities, an online electronic journal addressing urban issues in the Middle East region.


Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression; Special Adviser to the President, Office of the President

Dr. Agnès Callamard took up the post of Executive Director for ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization working globally for freedom of expression in October 2004. She has had a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work. Agnès is a former Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International and, as the organization’s Research Policy Coordinator, led Amnesty’s work on women’s human rights. Agnès has conducted human rights investigations in a large number of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership) where she oversaw field trials in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Sierra Leone, and worked extensively in the field of international refugee movements with the Center for Refugee Studies in Toronto.

Agnès is also a UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. She has written on and been published widely in the fields of human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements, and accountability. Agnès holds a PhD in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Barnard College

Ayten Gündoğdu, associate professor of political science, joined Barnard’s faculty in 2008.  At Barnard she teaches courses on political theory and human rights.

Professor Gündoğdu’s current research centers on critical approaches to human rights, contemporary problems of citizenship, and political and ethical dilemmas of international migration. She has recently published a book titled  Rightlessness in Age of Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015). The book offers a critical inquiry of human rights by engaging with the works of twentieth-century political theorist Hannah Arendt. At the center of this critical inquiry are the challenging questions posed by the contemporary rights struggles of asylum-seekers, refugees, and undocumented immigrants. 

Professor Gündoğdu is the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, Sawyer Dissertation Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and several other grants and awards from Barnard College and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 


Assistant Professor of History, Department of History

Alexandre Roberts is a cultural and intellectual historian specializing in the scholars, intellectual communities, and scientific and religious cultures of Byzantium and the medieval Middle East. His current research focuses on how scholars in Constantinople and Antioch understood matter and its transformation. Other interests include alchemy, Byzantine peripheries, and traveling scholars in the Eastern Mediterranean.