Faculty Steering Committee

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.

Sidney Morgenbesser Chair in Philosophy; Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy; Professor, Committee on Global Thought

Akeel Bilgrami got a first degree in English Literature from Bombay University but defected to philosophy because he found the former too hard. He went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and there got another Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, after writing a dissertation, "Meaning as Invariance," on the subject of the indeterminacy of translation and issues concerning realism and linguistic meaning. He joined the Department in 1985 after spending two years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Professor Bilgrami has two relatively independent sets of intellectual interests--in the Philosophy of Mind and Language, and in Political Philosophy and Moral Psychology especially as they surface in politics, history, and culture.

In the former, he has published a book in 1992 called Belief and Meaning (Blackwell) and another book published in 2006 called Self Knowledge and Resentment (Harvard University Press). He is presently working on a book on the relations between agency and practical reason.

In the latter, his collection of essays called Politics and The Moral Psychology of Identity is forthcoming in 2012 from Harvard University Press. He is also contracted to publish two small books in the very near future, one called What is a Muslim? (Princeton University Press) and another on Gandhi's philosophy, situating Gandhi's thought in seventeenth century dissent in England and Europe and more broadly within the Radical Enlightenment and the radical strand in the Romantic tradition (Columbia University Press).

He teaches courses and seminars regularly in the department on Philosophy of Mind and Language and also in the Committee on Global Thought and Political Science on issues in Politics and Rationality as well as Religion and Politics in a Global Context.

Professor Bilgrami was the Chairman of the Philosophy Department from 1994-98 and the Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University from 2004-2011.

Professor of French and History

Pierre Force received his academic training in France, where he was a fellow of the École normale supérieure. He took his BA in Classics (1979), doctorate in French (1987), and habilitation (1994) at the Sorbonne. He first came to the United States in 1984 as a lecturer at Yale University, and he joined the Columbia faculty in 1987. His field of research is seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history. He is the author of Le Problème herméneutique chez Pascal (Paris: Vrin, 1989), Molière ou Le Prix des choses (Paris: Nathan, 1994), and Self-Interest before Adam Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2003; paperback, 2007). He chaired the French Department from 1997 to 2007 and is also affiliated with the Department of History. He received the Columbia Distinguished Faculty award in 2005 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Paris VII, Paris XIII, and the École normale supérieure. His teaching interests include French classicism and its reception, literature and eloquence, the history of hermeneutics, and the development of moral and political thought in early modern Europe.

Dean, International and Global Strategy, Office of the Provost, Barnard College

Lisa Hollibaugh was appointed Dean for International and Global Strategy in June 2014. In this role, she supports Barnard’s faculty in their international research, partnerships, and opportunities, and she organizes a variety of programs and projects at the college to enhance the educational and research experiences of students and faculty globally. She also collaborates with her colleagues who oversee international student programs and study abroad programs. Before joining the Office of the Provost, she served for seven years as Barnard’s First-Year Class Dean in the Office of the Dean of Studies. She received her B.A. in English and Music from Rice University, her M.A. in Theatre Arts from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Dean of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Sharon Marcus specializes in the literature of nineteenth-century England and France, with an emphasis on the novel; theater and performance; architecture and urbanism; and gender and sexuality. She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999), which received an honorable mention for the MLA Scaglione Prize for best book in comparative literature, and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton: 2007), which has been translated into Spanish and won the Perkins Prize for best study of narrative, the Albion prize for best book on Britain after 1800, the Alan Bray Memorial award for best book in queer studies, and a Lambda Literary award for best book in LGBT studies. In 2009, with Stephen Best, she edited a special issue of Representations on "The Way We Read Now." On July 1, 2014, Marcus became Dean of Humanities. Her priorities as dean of humanities include supporting teaching and research; promoting collaboration across departments, schools, and divisions; and developing a strategic plan to make the humanities more digital, more public, and more global.

Recent publications include essays in PMLA, Victorian Studies, Social Research, Theatre Survey, The Blackwell Companion to Comparative Literature, and The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature. She is the editor of a special issue of Public Culture on "Celebrities and Publics in the Internet Era" (2014) and a founder and Editor in Chief of Public Books, an online review of books, arts, and ideas. A fellow of the New York Institute for Humanities, Marcus is also on the advisory boards of the journals Nineteenth-Century Literature, Public Culture, and the Revue d'histoire moderne et contemparaine. The recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and ACLS fellowships, and, at Columbia, a Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, she is currently writing a book about theatrical celebrity in the nineteenth century.

Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law

Katharina Pistor established and directs the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the interplay among law, sovereign states, and the global financial system. She has been called upon to give expert opinions to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

She previously taught at the Kennedy School of Government, and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany; she also serves on Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. Her research focuses on the development of legal institutions in the context of social and economic transformation. In the 1990s she worked predominantly on transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe, but has since expanded her research to other emerging markets and the global economy. Ongoing research projects include globalization and the transformation of law; comparative global finance; and the distributional effects of alternative regulatory regimes. In 2012, she was recipient of the prestigious Max Planck Research Award.

Recent publications include: “Host’s Dilemma: Rethinking EU Banking Regulation in Light of the Global Crisis” (Festschrift für Hopt, 2010), “Global Network Finance” (Journal of Comparative Economics, 2009); and, with Curtis Milhaupt, “Law and Capitalism: What Corporate Crises Reveal about Legal Systems and Economic Development Around the World” (Chicago University Press, 2008).

University Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor, the highest honor given to a handful of professors across the university, and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She is a critical theorist whose work has been particularly influential to the field of post-colonialism, for which she is often referred to as having been a pioneer.

She received her B.A. at the University of Calcutta (1959); her M.A. (1962) and Ph.D (1967) from Cornell University. Professor Spivak has also taught at Brown, Texas at Austin, UC Santa Cruz, Université Paul Valery, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Stanford, University of British Columbia, Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt, Riydah University, and Emory. Before coming to Columbia in 1991, she was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a Fellow of the National Humanities Institute, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan, the Humanities Research Center at the Australian National University, the Center for the Study of Social Sciences (Calcutta), the Davis Center for Historical Studies (Princeton), the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio). She has been a Kent fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Among her Distinguished Faculty Fellowships is the Tagore Fellowship at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India). She has been a member of the Subaltern Studies Collective.

An activist as well as an educator, she is involved in international women's movements and issues surrounding ecological agriculture. She has been deeply involved in rural education in Asia for nearly two decades. 

Among her publications are Of Grammatology (translation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida's De la grammmatologie), Imaginary Maps and Breast Stories (translations with critical material of the fiction Mahasweta Devi), In other Worlds, The Post-Colonial Critic, and Outside in the Teaching Machine. Her most recent book is An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization (2012).

She is on the editorial Board of many journals, among them Cultural Critique, boundary 2. New Formations, Diaspora, ARIEL, Re-thinking Marxism, Public Culture, Parallax, Interventions.

Professor of Slavic Languages; Director, East Central European Center; Deputy Director for Humanities Programming, Harriman Institute

Ph.D.: Harvard, 1973

Teaching and Research Interests: Synchronic and historical Slavic and Russian linguistics; descriptive grammar of Russian; medieval Slavic literature, language and culture; Czech literature; migration, ethnography of daily life in East Central Europe, language contact.

Professor of Particle Physics

I am a high energy experimental particle physicist. My early research has focused on the spectroscopy of the b-bbar bound states (the Upsilons) using the CUSB detector at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR). Presently my research is on the D0 experiment at Fermilab and the ATLAS experiment at the LHC located at CERN. The Fermilab Tevatron collider is the highest energy collider in the world, colliding protons and anti-protons at a center of mass energy of ~2 TeV. After a very successful Run I using D0, we completed a major upgrade of the D0 detector, and are presently taking data. My activities have focused on the management of the upgrade (as one of the two project managers), and on the design, construction and deployment of new preamplifiers for the D0 liquid argon-uranium calorimeter (as leader of the Calorimeter subgroup). Our group of three faculty  (Brooijmans, Parsons), three postdocs and five graduate students on D0 has focused on a wide array of electronics for the upgrade including the calorimeter electronics, the muon L2 trigger and the design and construction of a silicon displaced vertex trigger (STT). Currently we are analyzing the data that is coming from Run II, with many exciting results being produced in the areas of b-physics, QCD, Standard Model physics of the Top quark, the W and Z Bosons, and of New Phenomena and particle searches. Most of my recent work is on the ATLAS experiment where we have a strong group of four faculty (Brooijmans, Hughes and Parsons) along with postdocs and graduate students. I am currently the US ATLAS Research Program Manager. We are all working hard to prepare for physics operation of the detector in 2008. The physics opportunities are the LHC are unparalleled as we open a new energy regime using the highest energy accelerator in the world, 14 TeV center of mass energy for pp collisions.

Administrative Director, Columbia Global Centers | Europe (ex officio)

Dr. Brunhilde Biebuyck has worked at Reid Hall since 1984, first as director of the Columbia-Penn Program and the Masters in French Cultural Studies, and currently as Administrative Director of the Global Centers | Europe. She has lived in the Republic of Congo, various parts of the USA, and France. Her research concentrates on oral traditional narrative, and she is currently working on the French and English translation of a Bantu epic collected in the 1950’s. She is member of the Classiques africains, a prestigious collection of works on African poetry and prose, and the Cahiers de Littérature Orale, the only academic journal in France devoted to oral literature.

Professor of Health Education, Teachers College

John Allegrante is Professor of Health Education at Teachers College and holds an adjunct appointment in Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health. At Teachers College, he has served as Chairman of the Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Deputy Provost of the College, and Associate Vice President for International Affairs.

An applied behavioral scientist, his research—which has been supported for over 25 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health—has focused on behavioral self-management and health outcomes in people with chronic disease. In addition, he has played a pivotal leadership role to establish unified systems of accreditation and quality assurance for professional preparation in health promotion that are now being implemented across the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.

Professor Allegrante has been a Fulbright Specialist and Fulbright Scholar to Iceland, where he collaborates with Icelandic behavioral and social scientists in a program of multidisciplinary research funded by the European Research Council on risks and protective factors in child and adolescent development. He has been a visiting professor at Reykjavik University, the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP) in Rennes and Paris, and the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, where he is participating in a project examining how the anxiety culture is shaping the contours of education, health and social discourse.

A Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Society of Behavioral Medicine, Allegrante is a globally elected member of the Executive Board and Vice President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, and a Director of One To World. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior and was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors, a federal advisory committee that advises the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A graduate of the State University of New York, Allegrante received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a W. K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow, Pew Health Policy Fellow, and Soros Open Society Foundations Scholar. He holds an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York and received the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Prize Award from the CDC Foundation in 2017.

Ira D. Wallach Professor of History; Chair, Department of History; Director, Heyman Center for the Humanities

Mark Mazower is a historian and writer, specialising in modern Greece, 20th century Europe and international history. He read classics and philosophy at Oxford, studied international affairs at Johns Hopkins University's Bologna Center, and has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford (1988). His books include Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44 (Yale UP, 1993); Dark Continent: Europe's 20th Century (Knopf, 1998); The Balkans (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2000); and After the War was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation and State in Greece, 1943-1960 (Princeton UP, 2000). His Salonica City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 (HarperCollins, 2004) was awarded the Duff Cooper Prize. In 2008 he published Hitler’s Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe (Allen Lane) which won that year’s LA Times Book Prize for History. His most recent book is No Enchanted Palace: the End of Empire (Princeton UP, 2009) and he is currently working on a history of internationalism. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the director of the Center for International History at Columbia University and his articles and reviews on history and current affairs appear regularly in the Financial Times, the Guardian, London Review of Books, The Nation and The New Republic.

At the Center: In 2012-2013, Professor Mazower is currently based in Paris where he continues his research and advises the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Post-Doctoral Scholars.