Faculty

DIRECTORS
Emden.PLSTChristian J. Emden (emden@rice.edu) is Professor of German Intellectual History and Political Thought in the Department of Classical and European Studies. He is currently working on the relationship between democracy and the modern state as it unfolds in the work of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt as well as on a second project about the demands of political citizenship in a postnational world. Among his recent publications are Nietzsche’s Naturalism: Philosophy and the Life Sciences in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of History (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Ed. with David Midgley, Beyond Habermas: Democracy, Knowledge, and the Public Sphere (Berghahn, 2012), “Postnational Constellations? Political Citizenship and the Modern State,” in Robert Nichols and Jakeet Singh (eds.), Freedom and Democracy in an Imperial Context (London: Routledge, 2014), 121-43, and “Land, Race, and Citizenship: The Political Spaces of Monumentalism in South Africa,” Anglia 131/2-3 (2013), 1-40.
Aysha Pollnitz (ap20@rice.edu) is Assistant Professor of History. Her research focuses on early modern political and religious thought and pedagogical theory and practice. Her first book, Princely Education in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2015), describes the fortunes of the idea that liberal education could bridle over-mighty monarchy more effectively than law. It simultaneously traced the practical function of the humanities in cultivating increasingly powerful rulers and states. Her current project investigates the translation of liberal education to the New World. It exams the role of pedagogy in discourses of empire and in the origins of thinking about social mobility in the Americas.

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Dominic Boyer (dcb2@rice.edu) is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences. His current work follows two lines of inquiry: on the one hand, it is concerned with the intersection of knowledge and media; on the other hand, it focuses on the relationship between energy and political power. He is an editor of the leading journal, Cultural Anthropology, and the author most recently of The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era (Cornell University Press, 2013), which explores how digital information and communication technology and late liberalism are remaking the practices and institutions of news journalism in places like Europe and the United States. He has also published Spirit and System: Media, Intellectuals, and the Dialectic in Modern German Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and Understanding Media: A Popular Philosophy (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2007). A new volume, Theory Can Be More Than it Used to Be, co-edited with James Faubion and George Marcus is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in Fall 2015. His next monograph—part of a duograph with Cymene Howe—will focus on the politics of wind power development in southern Mexico.
Bradford.PLSTGwen Bradford (gmb2@rice.edu) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, where she works on value theory—particularly the nature of intrinsic value, happiness and well-being, and perfectionism—as well as normative ethics, the history of moral philosophy, and epistemology. The central focus of her research investigates the nature of achievements, and what makes them valuable. In spite of the widespread acknowledgement of the importance of achievements, there is virtually no philosophical literature devoted to the rigorous investigation of just what achievements are, or why they should be valuable. She recently published Achievement (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Caldwell.PLSTPeter C. Caldwell (caldwell@rice.edu) is the Samuel G. McCann Professor of History and he was one of the founding directors of the Program in Politics, Law & Social Thought. His work has focused on the meanings of democracy and constitutionalism in Germany’s first republic, conservatism and state theory, legal theory and the welfare state, and the economics and law of planning under state socialism. His first book, Popular Sovereignty and the Crisis of German Constitutional Law: The Theory and Practice of Weimar Constitutionalism, appeared with Duke University Press in 1997, and in 2003 Dictatorship, State Planning, and Social Theory in the German Democratic Republic appeared with Cambridge University Press. A third book on Ludwig Feuerbach, Moses Hess, Richard Wagner, and Louise Dittmar, appeared with Palgrave-Macmillan: Love, Death, and Revolution in Central Europe. He is presently working on a project linking the development of political thought and culture in West Germany to the real and perceived crises of the welfare state.
Crowell.PLSTSteven G. Crowell (crowell@rice.edu) is the Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor of Philosophy. His main field of interest is twentieth-century European philosophy, including phenomenology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind. One of the central strands of his research is the question of normativity, especially the relation between our phenomenological experience of a meaningful world and our ability to respond to norms (standards, ideals, measures, rules, etc.). Among his books are Normativity and Phenomenology in Husserl and Heidegger (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Husserl, Heidegger, and the Space of Meaning (Northwestern University Press, 2001). He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Existentialism (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and, with Jeff Malpas, of Transcendental Heidegger (Stanford University Press, 2007).
DunoGottberg.PLSTLuis Duno-Gottberg (ld4@rice.edu) is Associate Professor of Caribbean and Film Studies and Chair of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. His work is concerned with race, ethnicity, politics, and violence in modern Caribbean culture, and he is currently finishing a book on Dangerous People: Hegemony, Representation and Culture in Contemporary Venezuela. He is the author of La humanidad como mercancía: La esclavitud moderna en América (Centro Rómulo Gallegos, 2014), Solventar las diferencias: La ideología del mestizaje en Cuba (Vervuert-Iberoamericana, 2003) and Albert Camus. Naturaleza: Patria y Exilio (Imprenta Universitaria, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1994). Additionally, he has edited volumes such as La Política Encarnada: Biopolítica y Cultura en la Venezuela Bolivariana (forthcoming 2015), Submerged/Sumergid: Alternative Cuban Cinema (2013), Haiti and the Americas (2013), Miradas al margen: Cine y Subalternidad en América Latina (2008), Imagen y Subalternidad: El Cine de Víctor Gaviria (2003) and Cultura e identidad racial en América Latina: Revista de Estudios Culturales e Investigaciones Literarias (2002).
James_FaubionJames D. Faubion (jdf@rice.edu) is the Radoslav Tsanoff Professor of Anthropology. Among his many publications are the edited volumes Michel Foucault (Polity Press, 2014) and, with George Marcus, An Anthropology of Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is the author of Fieldwork Is Not What It Used to Be: Learning Anthropology’s Method in a Time of Transition (Cornell University Press, 2009) and edited several volumes of the Essential Works of Michel Foucault for the New Press. He is currently working on a project concerned with scenario construction: the statistical representation of the future, the logical and rhetorical dimensions of the narrative imagination of the future, and the contemporary modalities of the engagement with risk and uncertainty.
Fette.PLSTJulie Fette (fette@rice.edu) is Associate Professor of French Studies in the Department of Classical and European Studies. Her scholarship is focused on modern France and grounded in the disciplines of history, the social sciences, and cultural studies. She is the author of Exclusions: Practicing Prejudice in French Law and Medicine, 1920-1945 (Cornell University Press, 2012), which studies xenophobia in the liberal professions. Her current interests focus on the comparative study of gender in contemporary French and American societies.
Leebron.PLSTDavid Leebron is the seventh President of Rice University and Professor of Political Science. Prior to taking the helm at Rice, Leebron was Dean of Columbia Law School. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley Hufstedler on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. He began teaching at the UCLA School of Law in 1980 and at the NYU School of Law in 1983. In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia Law School. Leebron also served as a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, and as the Jean Monnet Visiting Professor of Law at Bielefeld University. He has worked on international and constitutional law, on the World Trade Organization and on discrimination in international trade law.
stevelewisphotoSteven W. Lewis (swlewis@rice.edu) is the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and Associate Director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program. An academic advisor to the U.S.-China Working Group of the U.S. House of Representatives, Professor Lewis’s research explores the growth of a transnational Chinese middle class; the influence of advertisements in new public spaces in Chinese cities; the development of privatization experiments in China’s localities; and the reform of China’s energy policies, national oil companies and international energy relations. He has also served as the chief liaison between the Baker Institute, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and the China Institute for Contemporary International Relations. He is co-director of the Rice Ephemera Archive project of Fondren Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship, which supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. Lewis is an associate fellow of Asia Society International and a member of Asia Policy’s editorial board.
Marschall.PLSTMelissa J. Marschall (marschal@rice.edu) is Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on urban politics, educational policy, political behavior, and representation. She has published articles in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Educational Policy, Political Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review. Marschall is principal investigator of the Local Elections in America Project (LEAP) and also created and directs the Urban Lab program at Rice University. Her book Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools (Princeton University Press, 2000), co-authored with Mark Schneider and Paul Teske, received the Policy Studies Association Aaron Wildavsky Award for the Best Policy Book in 2000-2001.
Morrison.PLSTDonald Morrison (donaldm@rice.edu) is Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies as well as Chair of the Philosophy Department. He has wide interests in classical philosophy and its reception, and also political philosophy. His early work was mainly on Aristotle’s metaphysics. He is one of the leading experts on Xenophon’s Socrates. He has also worked on Plato’s Socrates, and is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Socrates. Another research interest is ancient political philosophy. A focus of his current research is ancient moral psychology, especially the role given to self-interested motives in the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
Sher.PLSTGeorge Sher (gsher@rice.edu) is the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy. He has written widely on issues in ethics, moral psychology, and social and political philosophy. In recent years, his research has centered on two main topics: responsibility and distributive justice. His books in social and political philosophy include Equality for Inegalitarians (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Approximate Justice: Studies in Non-Ideal Theory (Rowman and Littlefield, 1997), Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 1997), and Desert (Princeton University Press, 1987).
Lora Wildenthal (wildenth@rice.edu) is Professor of History and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities. She also serves as Faculty Affiliate with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her main interests are in modern Germany, European women and gender, human rights, and modern colonialism. Her first book, German Women for Empire, 1884-1945 (Duke University Press, 2001), analyzed German women’s participation in Europe’s imperial expansion, especially with regard to women’s and white German men’s ideas of racial classification. It has become a standard work in the field of colonialism and gender. Her second book, The Language of Human Rights in West Germany (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), examines what West Germans considered “human rights causes” between 1945 and 1989, and argues for the importance of domestic context for understanding human rights activists’ choices regarding their work. With Jean Quataert, she is currently co-editing The Routledge History of Human Rights, and she has begun research for a new project on the meaning of wages in the era of the Prussian reforms (early 1800s). She is interested in labor rights as human rights and the history of the study of wages.
yao.PLSTVida Yao (vyao@rice.edu) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. She works at the intersection of moral psychology and ethics. Her work is informed by historical, moral psychological views, especially those of Plato and Aristotle, as well as feminist philosophical critiques of traditional moral psychological theories. At the center of her research is a criticism that contemporary views of moral psychology oversimplify our emotional and motivational relationships to value. Moreover, moral psychologists needs to understand the varieties of mental phenomena that result in an agent either not pursuing or promoting what she perceives to be good. Her current work focuses on the attitudes of “grace” and “despair.”
yunis_0Harvey Yunis (yunis@rice.edu) is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and Classics in the Department of Classical and European Studies. His main research interests are in the fields of Greek rhetoric and poetics, Athenian literature, and Greek political thought. Among his books are editions of Plato: Phaedrus (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Demosthenes: On the Crown (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He is the author of Taming Democracy: Models of Political Rhetoric in Classical Athens (Cornell University Press, 1996) and edited Written Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Professor Yunis is currently working on an annotated edition of Aristotle’s Rhetoric.

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