Faculty Archives - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Robyn Marasco

Robyn Marasco is Associate Faculty at BISR and Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY.  Her research has focused on the distinctive contributions of critical theory, feminism, and psychoanalysis to the study of politics. Her first book, The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory after Hegel (Columbia UP, 2015), reconstructs the emancipatory project […]

Robbie Howton

Robbie holds a PhD in Philosophy with certification from the Collaborative Programme in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Currently working full-time as a software engineer in New York City, he was previously appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and as Visiting Lecturer […]

Alfred Lee

Alfred Lee earned a Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Texas at Austin with a certification in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Prior to that, he earned a B.A. in Physics and an M.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University. He has since worked in the private and social sectors and is currently an […]

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 […]