Advisory Committee

George Andreopoulos

Professor,  Political Science and Criminal Justice, CUNY Graduate School and University Center

PhD Cambridge University, JD University of Athens, LLB Cambridge University, BA University of Chicago. George Andreopoulos is Professor of Political Science and a member of the doctoral faculty of the Political Science and Criminal Justice programs at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, and the founding director of the Center for International Human Rights. He taught at Yale University, where he was the founding associate director of the Orville Schell Center for International Human Rights. He has written on international security, human rights, and humanitarian law issues. He has co-authored many books including Non-State Actors in the Human Rights UniverseThe Laws of War: Constraints on Warfare in the Western World; Human Rights Education for the Twenty-First Century which was issued in Japanese and Chinese translations, and was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Education.

Professor Andreopoulos is currently completing a book on Humanitarian Intervention for Yale University Press and serves on the editorial board of Human Rights Review. He has participated in several human rights missions, most recently in Sierra Leone. During 2003-2004, he served as President of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association, and for 2004-2007, as Chair of the Section’s Book Award Committee.  For a project entitled Policing Across Borders: the Role of Law Enforcement in Global Governance, he received a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. He is editor of the Springer Series on International Justice and Human Rights. Forthcoming, is an edited volume Policing Across Borders: Law Enforcement Networks and the Challenges of Crime Control and a special issue of the journal Criminal Justice Ethics on Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) and the Quest for Accountability in which he is the guest co-editor and a contributor.


Robert L. Belknap

Professor Emeritus of Russian, Director Emeritus of The University Seminars, Columbia University

MA ’54, PhD ’60. He is the author of The Structure of The Brothers Karamazov; The Genesis of The Brothers Karamazov; and other studies of Russian literature.  He was briefly Acting Dean of Columbia College in 1975, and he directed the University Seminars from 2001 to 2011. He was President of the Whiting Foundation from 2001-2011, and on the Whiting Board from 1985-2012. He chaired the Trustees of the Brearley School for seven years. He was a member of the University Seminar on Hermeneutics, and has chaired the University Seminars on Literary Theory and on Slavic History and Culture. He has taught Literature Humanities since 1957, and his commitment to the Core Curriculum extends far beyond the classroom: he has chaired the Literature Humanities program on several occasions, chaired the Committee on Educational Policy (the Belknap Committee) in 1970 and co-authored (with Richard Kuhns) Tradition and Innovation: General Education and the Reintegration of the University. Professor Belknap received the Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum in 2000-2001. He received the Great Teacher Award in 2010.


Susan Boynton

Professor of Music, Columbia University

She joined the Columbia faculty in 2000. Her current research interests include liturgy and music in medieval Western monasticism, particularly the abbey of Cluny; manuscript studies; monastic education; music in the Iberian peninsula; and music and childhood. Professor Boynton has received grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). Her book, Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000-1125 (2006), won the Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society. Her second monograph is Silent Music: Medieval Song and the Construction of History in Eighteenth-Century Spain (Oxford University Press, 2011). Recently, she coedited (with Diane Reilly) The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages: Production, Reception, and Performance in Western Christianity (Columbia University Press, 2011).

With Isabelle Cochelin, she is general editor of the interdisciplinary series Disciplina Monastica: Studies on Medieval Monastic Life/Etudes sur la vie monastique au moyen age (Brepols Publishers). She is currently the Chair of the University Seminar on Medieval Studies at Columbia. Professor Boynton serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, and Studies in Iconography, and is one of the book review editors for Speculum.


Kenneth T. Jackson

Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences, Columbia University

He is a former president of the Urban History Association, the Society of American Historians, the Organization of American Historians, and the New York Historical Society. His many books include Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States; The Encyclopedia of New York City; Empire City: New York Through the Centuries; and The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915–1930. In addition to the Francis Parkman and Bancroft Prizes, and five honorary doctorates, he is a former chair of Columbia’s Department of History, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2001 he served as New York State Scholar of the Year. His famous all-night bicycle ride through the city has been an annual event at Columbia since 1975.


David Johnston

Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

PhD, Princeton University, ‘81. He taught at Yale before coming to Columbia. He has served as Chair of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought and as President of the New York State Political Science Association and is currently Chair and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia. His publications include The Idea of a Liberal Theory (Princeton University Press, 1994), The Rhetoric of Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Cultural Transformation (Princeton University Press, 1986), and, as editor, Equality (Hackett, 2000) and (with Richard Flathman) Leviathan: A Norton Critical Edition (Norton, 1997). He has recently completed A Brief History of Justice (forthcoming in 2011). His research interests include theories of justice, the liberal tradition of political theory, and the history of political thought. He is currently studying the relationship between justice and reciprocity.


James D. Jordan

Director of the Columbia University Press, Columbia University

He is a publishing executive with four decades of experience in college, trade, and academic publishing. He began his publishing career at W. W. Norton where he worked for 21 years, in his last assignment as Vice President and Director of College Publishing, senior editor in charge of medical publishing, and as a Director on Norton’s executive board. Before joining Johns Hopkins University Press as Director in 1998, he was Vice President and Publisher at Island Press in Washington, DC  and worked as a publishing consultant in Baltimore. From 2004 to 2013 he served as President and Director of Columbia University Press where he worked successfully with his Press colleagues to increase publication opportunities with the university, strengthen Columbia’s publications in the sciences and social sciences, expand the Press’s international reach and reputation, and accelerate the Press’s capacity to publish digitally around the globe. He now lives with his wife, the novelist and former Norton editor, Angela von der Lippe, in coastal Rhode Island and in the Adirondacks.


Lisa Keller

Associate Professor of History, Purchase College, Adjunct Research Scholar of History, Columbia University

She specializes in trans-Atlantic (England and the U.S.), women’s, and urban history. She has published on New York, London, and Westchester County. She is executive editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd Edition). She founded the journalism program at Purchase College in 1998, and directed it for ten years.  Her book Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York & London (Columbia University Press, 2008) was awarded the Best Book prize by the Urban History Association in 2009.  She is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (2005), a Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship in American Civilization (2000), and an National Endowment for the Humanities grant for local history (1996).  She also is an adjunct Research Scholar in the history department at Columbia University, where she serves as Chair of the Seminar on the City, The University Seminars.  


David Magier

Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, Princeton University

PhD, UC Berkeley, ’83. He was appointed Associate University Librarian for Collection Development at Princeton University Library in April 2008. A specialist in South Asian linguistics, he previously served for 21 years as South/Southeast Asia Librarian and Director of Area Studies at Columbia University Libraries. He also served as Director of the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research at Columbia. Since 1999, Dr. Magier has been the Chair of the University Seminar on South Asia.  He holds a BA from Cornell, and an MA and PhD in Linguistics (focusing on Indian and Pakistani languages) from UC Berkeley, and was a professor of linguistics at Berkeley and Michigan State University before embarking on his library career. He is well known internationally for his librarian training efforts and his leadership in developing digital library/global resource projects, including especially the Digital South Asia Library (DSAL), the South Asia Resource Access on the Internet (SARAI), and the Digital Library for International Research (DLIR).


Alan Stewart

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

BA 1988, MA 1992 Cambridge. PhD 1993 London. He joined Columbia in 2003, after ten years of teaching at Queen Mary and Birkbeck Colleges, both in the University of London; he also serves as International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London. He works on early modern English literature, history, and culture with particular interests in manuscript studies, the history of sexuality, Francis Bacon, and Anglo-French relations. His publications include: Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England (1997); Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon, with Lisa Jardine (1998); Philip Sidney: A Double Life (2000); The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I (2003); Letterwriting in Renaissance England, with Heather Wolfe (2004); and Shakespeare’s Letters (2008). He is the co-general editor, with Garrett Sullivan, of Blackwell’s three-volume Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (2012); and editor of volume 1 of the Oxford Francis Bacon, Early Writings, 1584-1596 (2012). Professor Stewart has won awards from the British Academy, the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Board, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and in 2011-2012 was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He is currently working on volume 2 of the Oxford Francis Bacon, editing an anthology of Tudor Drama, and completing a monograph on early modern life-writing. He is a member of the University Seminar in Shakespeare, and co-chair of the University Seminar in the Renaissance.


Robert Remez

Professor of Psychology, Barnard College

He joined the faculty of Barnard in 1980. His teaching focuses on the relationships among perception, cognition and language.  Since 1985, Professor Remez’s research has been supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders under the project “Sensory and Perceptual Factors in Spoken Communication.”

Professor Remez is a member of the Board of Directors of Haskins Laboratories. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the American Psychological Association; and the Association for Psychological Science. During the 2006-7 academic year, Professor Remez was a Visiting Scholar at the Parmly Hearing Institute in Chicago.


Paige West

Tow Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University

She began teaching at Barnard and Columbia in 2001. Since 1997 she has conducted research among indigenous people in Papua New Guinea. The author of four books and many scholarly papers, her broad scholarly interest is the relationship between society and the environment. In 2002 she received the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology and Environment Junior Scholar award for her work, in 2004 she received the American Association of University Women Junior Faculty Fellowship and the American Council of Learned Societies Faculty Fellowship, in 2006 she received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Fellowship, and in 2007 she was named a Fellow by the Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania.  In 2008 she founded the journal Environment and Society: Advances in Research, which is published by Berghahn Books, and for which she serves as editor. Professor West is currently the chair of the Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania and the past president of the Anthropology and Environment Section of the American Anthropological Association. In addition to her academic work, she is the co-founder of the PNG Institute of Biological Research, a small NGO dedicated to building academic opportunities for research in PNG among Papua New Guineans. She is currently on its board of directors.  She is also the volunteer anthropologist for the PNG NGO Ailan Awareness (AA), a marine-conservation NGO.