Associate Faculty Archives - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Hannah Leffingwell

Hannah Leffingwell is a writer, historian, and educator specializing in queer and gender history, lesbian culture, and contemporary LGBTQ+ and feminist social movements. She is a part-time faculty member at the New School for Social Research and an associate faculty member at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Her research situates twentieth-century lesbian history in transnational […]

Ginan Rauf

Ginan Rauf holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and a joint Masters Degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University. She has taught Arabic at Brandeis, Rutgers University, the University of Bridgeport, and Al Quds Bard College, where she served as director of the Arabic program. She […]

James Redfield

James Adam Redfield is assistant professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. He writes mainly on rabbinic literature, with a focus on rabbinic ethnography, travel narratives, and storytelling more broadly. His monograph, Adventures of Rabbah & Friends: The Talmud’s Strange Tales and their Afterlife is forthcoming with Brown University Press, as […]

Erin Petrella

Erin Petrella received her PhD in Classics from Columbia University, where she currently teaches Latin. Her research focuses on the history and development of botanical Latin, the scientific ideal of universal intelligibility, and textual authenticity. She has a prior MLS in Rare Books Librarianship and has worked for several years with Columbia’s Justice-in-Education program.

Arti Mehta

Arti Mehta is a Lecturer at Howard University in Washington, D.C., who teaches Humanities courses following an ancient-to-modern arc with a focus on Black Classicism. She earned her PhD in Greek and Latin with a Sanskrit minor in India Studies from Indiana University; her dissertation examined fables from the Greek, Roman, Indic, and French traditions […]

Isi Litke

Isi Litke teaches at the intersection of politics and aesthetics, with particular interests in 20th century avant-garde movements, critical theory, visual studies, and the politics of memory. She is currently working on several writing and curatorial projects related to the sculptor Jacques Jarrige and the architect and filmmaker László Rajk Jr. She holds an MA […]

Lauren K. Wolfe

Lauren K. Wolfe is Associate Faculty and Program Director at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She received her PhD from New York University, her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA from Grinnell College. Her interests are in 20th and 21st century Austrian and German literature and the practice and […]

Artemy Magun

Artemy Magun is a professor of Democratic Theory, Department of Sociology and Philosophy, The European University at Saint-Petersburg. He is a political theorist and the author of Negative Revolution: On Deconstruction of the Political Subject (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) and numerous articles in a variety of journals in philosophy and political theory.

Nafis Hasan

Nafis Hasan received his PhD in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from Tufts University in 2019 and worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar (2019–2021) in David Kaplan’s lab at Tufts’ Department of Biomedical Engineering. He currently works in the labor movement and is an Associate Faculty member at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. His research interests […]

Türkan Pilavci

Türkan Pilavci completed her Ph.D. at Columbia University, specializing in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Her dissertation investigated the cult practices and ritual paraphernalia of Anatolia during the Hittite period, titled “Drinking a God and Sacrificing a Drink: Agency of the Hittite Libation Vessels.” She received her B.A. in Political Science […]