Visiting Scholars Program, 2007-2008
Chair of the Visiting
Patricia Meyer Spacks – President of the Academy, 2001 - 2006. Edgar F.
Shannon Professor of English Emerita, University of Virginia; Ph.D., University
of California, Berkeley; M.A., Yale University; B.A., Rollins College. A
renowned scholar of eighteenth-century literature and culture whose work
encompasses issues of identity and selfhood, privacy, gossip, and feminism. Her
most recent work is Novel Beginnings: Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English
Fiction, an account of the diverse forms and themes that contributed to
the development of the eighteenth-century novel.
David Ekbladh – Ph.D.,
Columbia University; B.A., American University. The Great American
Mission: Development and the Creation of an American World Order.
An exploration of how modernization evolved, in theory and practice, as a tool
in U.S. foreign relations throughout the twentieth century and continues to
resonate in strategies at work today.
Lisa Fluet – Assistant
Professor of 20th Century British and Anglophone Literature, Boston College;
Ph.D., Princeton University; B.A. ,College of the Holy Cross. Modernism,
Human Rights, and the Novel, 1921-1961. An examination of the
historical relations between the modern novel and human rights discourse, from
the founding of international PEN (1921) to the origins of Amnesty
John Kaag – Ph.D.,
University of Oregon; MPhil, University of Cambridge (U.K.); M.A./B.A.,
Pennsylvania State University. Thinking Through the Imagination:
The Aesthetic Basis of Human Cognition. An investigation of the
central role of aesthetic imagination in the workings of the empirical
sciences, employing the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce and William James
as a theoretical frame.
Paul K. MacDonald – Ph.D.,
Columbia University; B.A., University of California Berkeley. Networks
of Domination: Social Ties and Imperial Rule in International Politics.
A study of how pre-colonial social ties between European political agents and
indigenous elites helped facilitate the imposition of imperial rule in India,
South Africa, and Nigeria during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Joy Rohde – Ph.D.,
University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of Chicago. The
Social Scientists’ War: Expertise in a Cold War Nation. An
examination of how social scientific knowledge about nation-building and
revolution extended the power of intellectuals and the Pentagon over American
politics and international affairs during the Cold War.
Galit Sarfaty – J.D. Yale
Law School; M.A., University of Chicago; B.A., Harvard College. Ethics
and Accountability in International Law: An Ethnography of Human Rights at the
World Bank. An analysis of the organizational culture of the World
Bank with a focus on the bureaucratic obstacles—including the Bank's incentive
system and the power dynamics between professional subcultures—to internalizing
David Sehat – Ph.D.,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.A. Rice University; B.A. Dallas
Baptist University. The American Moral Establishment: Religion in
American Public Life. An argument that U.S. law supported a
religiously derived morality that functioned as an ersatz or proxy religious
establishment until the 1960s.
Visiting Scholars Program