Steering Committee

Dr. James Faubion, Anthropology Professor
Professor of Anthropology and the author and/or editor of Critical Thinkers Now: Michel Foucault (Polity Press, forthcoming 2014), An Anthropology of Ethics (ed., with George Marcus, Cambridge 2011), Shadows and Lights of Waco: Millenialism Today (Princeton, 2001), among other works. His current research includes the problematization of the statistical representation of the future, the logical and rhetorical dimensions of the narrative imagination of the future, and the contemporary modalities of the engagement with risk and uncertainty. He has written widely on the anthropology of self-formation and ethics; anthropological research design; the work of Michel Foucault; the theorization of kinship; religious ideation and practice; the anthropology of literature; and ancient and modern Greece.
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Dr. Timothy Morton, Professor
Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English
Is currently writing Dark Ecology and Buddhaphobia, two studies of philosophy and culture in the global nineteenth century. He is the author of Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities Press, 2013), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), and Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007). He has published seven other books, all of which are about issues and authors in the Romantic period (Frankenstein, Percy Shelley, Romantic-period food and eating, and radicalism). He publishes and lectures widely on ecology, culture, philosophy, music, art, and Romanticism
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Dr. Judith Roof, Department Chair
William Shakespeare Chair in English
Her work ranges through many areas of twentieth-century and contemporary studies, including comparative modernisms; drama and performance studies; film studies; theories of sexuality; science, literature, and culture; and contemporary British and American fiction.  She has authored books on feminist, narrative, and gay theory, including A Lure of Knowledge: Lesbian Sexuality and Theory (Columbia, 1991),Come As You Are: Narrative and Sexuality (Columbia, 1996), and All About Thelma and Eve: Sidekicks and Third Wheels (Illinois, 2002), as well as books about concepts and trends in contemporary culture–Reproductions of Reproduction (Routledge, 1996) and The Poetics of DNA (Minnesota, 2007). She has edited collections of essays on feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and drama, and is a member of the avant-garde performance group Stein Semble.
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Dr. Sarah Whiting, Dean
William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture
Her work revolves around architecture’s catalytic relationship to politics, economics, and society, focusing especially on the modern subject (individual as well as collective) and the way that this subject affects and is affected by architecture and the city. She is a partner, along with Ron Witte, of the architectural practice WW, and her previous experience includes working for Peter Eisenman and also the Office for Metropolitan Architecture with Rem Koolhaas, Her writings on urban and architectural theory include Beyond Surface Appeal: Literalism, Sensibilities, and Constituencies in the Work of James Carpenter (Harvard, 2010), and she is currently completing a manuscript called Superblock Urbanism: Chicago’s Elastic Grid. She is also the editor of the new book series, POINT (Princeton University Press).
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