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.

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.

Jennifer Crewe

Associate Provost and Director, Columbia University Press

Jennifer Crewe is President and Director of Columbia University Press, where she previously served as Editorial Director, and Publisher for the Humanities. She acquired books in various fields, including literary studies, film, Asian humanities, and a series of translations of major European intellectuals.  She has also worked as a college textbook editor at Macmillan and at Charles Scribner’s Sons.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Association of American University Presses from 2001-2004, and she currently serves on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers. She served a four-year term (2009-2012) on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association, and is a regular speaker at the MLA, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Association for Asian Studies, and AAUP annual conferences, and has given many talks on scholarly publishing at colleges and universities around the country.  She has also been an invited speaker on translation and on scholarly publishing in Amsterdam, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei.

Farah J. Griffin

William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies

Farah Jasmine Griffin is the Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies and the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University. She is also Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Jazz Studies.  Professor Griffin received her B.A. from Harvard, where she majored in American History and Literature and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale. Her major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, and history. She has published widely on issues of race and gender, feminism, jazz,  literature, and cultural politics. Griffin is the author of Who Set You Flowin?: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends:   Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland, and Addie Brown of Hartford Connecticut, 1854-1868 (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001) and co-author, with Salim Washington, of Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne, 2008). Her most recent book is Harlem Nocturne:  Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II, published by Basic Books in 2013.

Griffin collaborated with the late composer, pianist, Geri Allen and director, actor S. Epatha Merkerson on two theatrical projects, for which she wrote the book:  The first, “Geri Allen and Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo,” with Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, Teri Lyne Carrington and others, premiered on the main stage of the Apollo Theater in May of 2013. The second, “A Conversation with Mary Lou” featuring vocalist Carmen Lundy, premiered at Harlem Stage in March 2014 and was performed at The John F. Kennedy Center in May of 2016.

Griffin’s essays and articles have appeared in Essence, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Art Forum, and numerous other publications.  She is a devoted board member of The Brotherhood/Sister-Sol, a Harlem-based organization that provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two.

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 Philosophy, Columbia University

David Johnston teaches in the Political Science Department at Columbia. He specializes in the history of political ideas and in political philosophy in the broad liberal tradition. Most of his current work focuses on justice. His publications include The Rhetoric of Leviathan:  Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Cultural Transformation (1986); The Idea of a Liberal Theory (1994); Equality (as editor, 2000); and A Brief History of Justice (2011). Machiavelli on Liberty and Conflict, which is the product of a University Seminar-sponsored conference that was held in 2013, is forthcoming in 2017 (co-edited with Nadia Urbinati and Camila Vergara) and his Norton Critical Edition of Hobbes’s Leviathan is planned for publication in 2018. He is currently working on a new book under the tentative title Forms of Justice. Professor Johnston has been a member of the faculty at Columbia since 1986. He has served as Chair of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought, as President of the New York State Political Science Association and, at Columbia, as Chair of Contemporary Civilization and Chair and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

Lisa Keller

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.

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.

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.

Ann Thornton

Vice Provost and University Librarian, Columbia University

Ann Thornton is Vice Provost and University Librarian for Columbia University in the City of New York, where she is responsible for one of the top five academic research library systems in North America with world-class physical and digital collections and expert staff in support of research, teaching, and learning.  She came to Columbia in June 2015 after serving for nearly two decades at the New York Public Library, where she was most recently the Andrew W. Mellon Director, a position she held since 2012, with responsibility for research and reference services, collection development, preservation, fellowships, and exhibitions.   Ms. Thornton’s previous roles at the New York Public Library included Director of Reference and Research Services, Associate Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, and Assistant Director of Electronic Resources for the Science, Industry and Business Library.  Early in her career, Ms. Thornton served as a systems librarian at the University of Houston Libraries.  She was a Leadership Fellow in a program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and currently serves on the board of that organization.  Additionally, Ms. Thornton is an advisory board member of Syracuse University Libraries, and she serves on the New York State Education Department’s Board of Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and on the Council of Experts for the National Academic Library and Information Systems Foundation of Bulgaria.

Paige West

The Claire 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.

Anne L. Taylor

Senior Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Career Development; Vice Dean for Academic Affairs; John Lindenbaum Professor of Medicine at CUMC Columbia University Irving Medical Center