Council of the Humanities

Faculty

Chair

  • Eric S. Gregory

Executive Committee

  • William A. Gleason, English
  • Barbara Graziosi, Classics
  • Eric S. Gregory, Religion
  • Tera W. Hunter, History
  • Emmanuel H. Kreike, History
  • Lital Levy, Comparative Literature
  • Rosina A. Lozano, History
  • Federico Marcon, East Asian Studies
  • Laurence Ralph, Anthropology
  • Marina Rustow, Near Eastern Studies

Assistant Professor

  • Byron T. Ahn
  • Laura Kalin
  • Florian Lionnet

Associated Faculty

  • Yelena Baraz, Classics
  • Yaacob Dweck, History
  • Denis Feeney, Classics
  • Allen Carl Guelzo, Council of the Humanities
  • Elizabeth Harman, Philosophy
  • Melissa Lane, Politics
  • Thomas C. Leonard, Council of the Humanities
  • Alexander Nehamas, Philosophy
  • Moulie Vidas, Religion
  • Susan J. Wolfson, English

Ferris and McGraw Professor

  • Deborah Amos
  • Rachel Donadio
  • Jane Ferguson
  • Joanna Kakissis
  • James Martinez
  • John A. McPhee
  • Joe K. Richman
  • Joe Stephens

Lecturer with Rank of Professor

  • Christiane D. Fellbaum

Lecturer

  • Tiffany Cherelle (Cain) Fryer
  • Celia L. Abele
  • Neama Alamri
  • Noah A. Buchholz
  • Steven R. Foley
  • Joshua L. Freeman
  • Vera Gor
  • Maya Kronfeld
  • Amanda M. Lanzillo
  • Matthew Larsen
  • John A. McPhee
  • John T. Merrill
  • Irina Monich
  • Natalie V. Prizel
  • Melissa Buckner Reynolds
  • Chiara T. Ricciardone
  • Yagmur Sag-Parvardeh
  • Joe Stephens
  • Aniruddhan Vasudevan
  • Mari Jo Velasco
  • Micah M. White
  • Joanna Wuest

Long-Term Visiting Fellow

  • Lisa Dwan

Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

  • Tiffany Cherelle (Cain) Fryer
  • Celia L. Abele
  • Neama Alamri
  • Joshua L. Freeman
  • Maya Kronfeld
  • Amanda M. Lanzillo
  • Matthew Larsen
  • Natalie V. Prizel
  • Melissa Buckner Reynolds
  • Aniruddhan Vasudevan
  • Mari Jo Velasco
  • Joanna Wuest

Visiting Assistant Professor

  • Janice Smith-Warshaw

Visiting Lecturer

  • Deborah Amos
  • Rachel Donadio
  • Lisa Dwan
  • Jane Ferguson
  • Joanna Kakissis
  • James Martinez
  • Joe K. Richman
For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.

Program Information

The Council of the Humanities was established in 1953 to foster teaching and research in the humanities; to encourage collaboration among departments, both within the humanities and across the University; to advance interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship; and to forge enduring links between the humanities at Princeton and the wider culture. 

In all its endeavors, the council aims to nurture the humanities locally and globally, engage diverse perspectives past and present, and enrich public dialogue with humanistic approaches.

Interdisciplinary Forum

Membership in the Council of the Humanities is open to chairs of humanities departments and directors of all humanities-related centers, programs, and committees, along with external representatives from the applied, natural, and social sciences. This group meets periodically to discuss matters affecting the humanities at Princeton and to advise the chair, the deans, and the president on policy issues. 

The council serves as a forum and resource for interdepartmental humanities units across campus. Participating members include the directors and chairs of African Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, the Ancient World, Canadian Studies, Classical Philosophy, Digital Humanities, the East Asian Studies Program, European Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Hellenic Studies, Humanistic Studies, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM), Irish Studies, Italian Studies, Journalism, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Media and Modernity, Medieval Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Political Philosophy, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Study of Late Antiquity, Translation and Intercultural Communication, and The University Center for Human Values.

Academic Opportunities

The Council of the Humanities is the academic home to five undergraduate certificates in European Cultural Studies, Humanistic Studies, Journalism, Linguistics, and Medieval Studies, as well as several graduate initiatives and certificates. The Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows brings students from across the campus together for monthly conversations with faculty. 

The council offers dual doctoral degrees with humanities departments through the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities

The Council is home to the Committee for Film Studies, which encourages the interdisciplinary study and teaching of film and video; the Fund for Canadian Studies, which serves as a resource for Canada-focused academic activities; and the Fund for Irish Studies, which supports inquiry into the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, music, history, politics, and economics of Ireland. 

Faculty and Fellows

Council activities include a program of Long-Term and Short-Term Visiting Fellows--distinguished scholars from around the world who spend a period of time in residence in Princeton participating in the life of the University; the Council’s Research Professors, a small group of faculty members in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences who devote a year to intensive research and discussion; the Behrman Professors in the Humanities, who dedicate three years to teaching in the Humanistic Studies Program; a program of Faculty Fellows from all four divisions of the University; and the Behrman Fellows, associate professors who meet regularly for discussion. 

The Council of the Humanities is also home to the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, in which postdoctoral fellows spend three years on campus, teaching and pursuing research.

The council oversees the Ferris Professorship in Journalism and the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Seminar in Writing and Publishing, under whose auspices distinguished journalists and nonfiction writers teach undergraduate seminars each year. 

The Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Chair in the Humanities brings a senior scholar to Princeton on a permanent shared appointment between a department and the council. 

Public Lectures and Initiatives

The council hosts the Annual Humanities Colloquium, the Gauss Seminars in Criticism, the Belknap Visitors in the Humanities, the Eberhard L. Faber IV Lectures, the Stewart Seminars in Religion, and a series of faculty seminars taught by visiting fellows and other scholars. 

The council’s Global Initiatives are multi-year, cross-disciplinary research and teaching collaborations developed in a global context. 

The Council sparks experiments in teaching and learning through initiatives such as the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Grants for innovation; Team Teaching Grants; Breakthrough Seminars (undergraduate courses with experiential or fieldwork components); and Exploratory Grants in Collaborative Humanities. 

Additional information is available on the council’s website