Portuguese literature and culture of the medieval and early modern periods within a comparative framework, with an emphasis on poetry, early European imperial expansion into Africa and Asia, and Renaissance Humanism
the classical tradition with an emphasis on the intellectual history of classical scholarship, historiography and archaeology from the eighteenth century onward, the role that Hellenism and Classics played in the shaping of modernity, how the questions we ask of the classical past originate in specific modern cultural, social and political contexts
Kant, Philosophy of Science, History of Twentieth Century Philosophy, including the interaction between philosophy and the exact sciences from Kant through the logical empiricists, prospects for post-Kuhnian philosophy of science in light of these developments, and the relationship between analytic and continental traditions in the early twentieth century
European economic history, the historical development of economic institutions, their interrelations with political, social and cultural factors and their impact on economic growth, institutional development and economic growth in pre-modern Europe, coercion and markets
George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies, Co-Director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies
Buddhist literature and history, especially that of the Mahayana, and the study of Buddhist manuscripts in Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan. Currently working on editions and translations of a number of Mahayana and Mainstream Buddhist sutras, including the Vajracchedika (Diamond Sutra), as well as a general study of issues of authority, textual transmission and innovation in Mahayana Buddhism.
Intersection of political practice and social values in early modern Russia (XVth-XVIIIth centuries), legal culture in Muscovy and XVIIIth century Russia, the Petrine Revolution, concepts and practices of honor, mechanisms of social integration and stability in early modern Russia
social and cultural criticism, literary theory and criticism, East Asian and Asia Pacific American studies, and classical Chinese literature, and has subsequently worked in the areas of ethnic studies, Pacific Rim studies, and social theory
The history of Christian thought, with a particular emphasis on the religious developments in late medieval and early modern Europe, sixteenth-century reformations, the history of biblical interpretation, women and religion.
art and architecture of the Muslim World, focusing on trans-cultural interactions in the Middle Ages, the appropriation of Byzantine elements into Islamic architecture, the transfer and authentication of relics in East and West, historical photographs of architecture and urban spaces
French classical literature (the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) and drama, avant-garde artistic movements such as dada, surrealism, and situationist international, the theory of image, literary theory, and Francophone literature.
John Donne, interdisciplinarity, new historicism; literature and the advent of mathematical perspective and the modern scientific method of inquiry; reception theory (including cognitive studies and the neurosciences), gender studies, evolutionary theory and literature, modern poetry and drama
Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, Chair of Graduate Studies, Comparative Literature
medieval, French, German, and (to a lesser extent) Italian literatures since the Renaissance; Argentinian and Brazilian literatures in the 19th and 20th centuries; Aesthetics; History of Ideas, history of scholarship, the aesthetics of sport
William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, Professor of History, Political Science and, by courtesy, Law
origins of the American Revolution, creation of a national polity and government between the early 1770s and 1800, origins of the Constitution and the early history of its interpretation, political ideas and career of James Madison
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