Roger Berkowitz is the Founder and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center and Professor of Political Studies, Philosophy, and Human Rights at Bard College, where he writes and speaks about how justice is made present in the world. He is author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition and editor of The Perils of Invention: Lying, Technology, and the Human Condition (2021).
Roger BerkowitzFounder and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center and Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Human Rights, Berkowitz writes and speaks about how justice is made present in the world. He is author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition, co-editor of Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt's Denktagebuch (2017), Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics (2010), The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis (2012), and editor of the annual journal HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center. His essay "Reconciling Oneself to the Impossibility of Reconciliation: Judgment and Worldliness in Hannah Arendt's Politics," has helped bring attention to the centrality of reconciliation in Hannah Arendt's work. The Arendt Center organizes an annual conference every October. Professor Berkowitz edits the Hannah Arendt Center's weekly newsletter, Amor Mundi. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Paris Review Online, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, The American Interest, and many other publications. Berkowitz is the 2019 recipient of the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought given by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Bremen, Germany. (Photo Credit: Doug Menuez)
Founder & Academic Director
Christine Gonzalez Stanton was named Executive Director of the Hannah Arendt Center in 2020. Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Operations at the center from 2014-to 2020. As a member of the senior management team at the Hannah Arendt Center, Christine works closely with the Founder & Academic Director, and the Advisory Board. She has a broad responsibility for center-wide operations, external relations, membership programs, fundraising, grant life cycles, community outreach, budget oversight, academic partnerships, and fiscal management. In addition, she oversees human resource management, manages the center's staff & student office fellows, and is the Managing Director of the newly created Hannah Arendt Humanities Network funded by the Open Society University Network.
Christine Gonzalez StantonHer career spans over 20 years in business management working in the fields of higher education, arts, and non-profit community organizations. Christine joined Bard College in 2013 working in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. In 2014, she transitioned from ODAA to join the team at the Hannah Arendt Center. Her career spans over 20 years in business management working in the fields of higher education, arts, and non-profit community organizations. Prior to joining Bard College, Stanton held positions working for a world-renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly, in Seattle, WA, where she managed museum and gallery contracts. Stanton earned her BA degree in Sociology from the Ohio State University. She's a member of the National Association of Non-Profit Organizations and Executives and has received numerous awards throughout her career for her commitment to students and the community.
As the Director of Academic Programs, Jana works on building the academic community and profile of the Hannah Arendt Center in collaboration with Bard students and faculty; she organizes curricular events such as the “Courage To Be” series and facilitates engagement with Arendt scholarship through programs like the reading group, the Journal, and academic conferences.
Jana MaderJana Mader holds an M.A. in German and Anthropology and a PhD in Comparative Literature, both from the University of Munich. She has taught at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and The Juilliard School, and has been teaching at Bard since 2021. Her research interests include 19th-century literature, politics, and art; nation-building in the United States and Germany; Hudson Valley history, art, and literature; national narratives and nationalism; Hannah Arendt; 19th- and 20th-century poetry; Arendt and “poetic language."
Director of Academic Programs
As a scholar, writer, and translator, she works at the intersection of theory and practice. Her first novel, Wir alles, wir nichts, was published in 2018, and in 2020 she co-edited Denkräume. Von Orten und Ideen, an anthology on places and spaces of thinking published by Rowohlt Verlag. In 2023, Natur und Nation. Landschaft als Ausdruck nationaler Identität, a comparative analysis of 19th-century literature on the Hudson Valley and the Rhine Valley, was published by Königshausen & Neumann. Jana’s essay on Arendt and the poet Friedrich Hölderlin appeared in the Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center in 2020, and she is currently working on Arendt and W. H. Auden. More about her work can be found here: janamarlene.com
As program manager for the Hannah Arendt Humanities Network, Hillary works with OSUN institutions around the globe to implement and facilitate humanities programming across the network.
Hillary HarveyPrior to joining the Hannah Arendt Center, Hillary was Communications Specialist for Ulster County Executives Jen Metzger and (now-Congressman) Pat Ryan. She served on Ulster County's first Innovation Team, which built and managed the Ulster County COVID-19 hotline throughout the pandemic, and implemented goal-setting strategies across the 20+ governmental departments. Hillary earned her BA degree from Bennington College, and she is passionate about civic engagement.
HAHN Program Manager
Philip leads the Democracy Innovation Hub where he runs workshops for public servants and educators. He supervises a team of Democracy and Media fellows and coordinates HAC communications and outreach.
Philip LindsayBefore joining the Hannah Arendt Center, Philip helped run a small community health center in NYC. He has a BA in Latin American Studies from Temple University, and a certificate in Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He spent a year in Germany as a Congress-Bundestag (CBYX) Fellow focusing on the politics of climate change. In his free time, he enjoys organizing intimate concerts and building community through the arts.
Democracy Innovations & Communications
Wild is Professor of German Studies and Literature, and works on modern European and German literature and culture. In his research as well as in his teaching he’s particularly interested in the intersections between literature and history, politics, and philosophy. A current focus of his work addresses the poetics and ethics of multilingualism.
Thomas WildThomas Wild has published an introductory book on Hannah Arendt’s life, work, and reception and a monograph on Hannah Arendt’s intellectual relationships with post-war writers. His most recent book on the distinguished poet Ilse Aichinger discusses a contemporary poetics of hospitality. Several editions of letters emerged from Thomas Wild’s ongoing intrigue for correspondences and intellectual networks, including prominent writers such as Uwe Johnson, Wolfgang Hildesheimer, and Joachim Fest. Poetry is an interlocutor in most of his courses and in many of his publications, among the latter are a collection of poems by Thomas Brasch and translations of contemporary American poets. Thomas Wild serves as general editor on the distinguished international team preparing the first scholarly edition of Hannah Arendt’s Complete Works, which appears in print and digitally, presenting all published and unpublished writings of this eminent thinker in the original English and in the original German – a project providing the foundation for future research on Hannah Arendt, digital humanities, and what it means to think in a plurality of languages.
Nicholas Dunn (PhD, McGill University, 2020) is the Klemens von Klemperer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, where he will also teach courses in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Studies and for the Bard Prison Initiative. His primary research is on Immanuel Kant, with a focus on metaphysics of mind, ethics, and aesthetics.
Nicholas DunnHe also works in contemporary political theory, with an emphasis on Hannah Arendt and issues related to pluralism, democracy, and disagreement. The central theme of his work is the faculty of judgment: its nature as a mental activity and its practical potential. His current work deals with the role of feeling, imagination, and the Other in cultivating one’s judgment. To learn more, visit http://nicholasdunn.me.
Klemens von Klemperer Post Doctoral Fellow
Every year, the Center hires a team of Bard College students to organize events, assist in video production, manage social media, and support the senior staff at the office. Learn more about this year's fellows.
If you are interested in being a Courage To Be or Autonomies student fellow, email Director of Academic Programs, Jana Mader [email protected].
If you are interested in learning more about working at the center to help with business operations, email Executive Director, Tina Stanton [email protected].
For those interested in Media or Democracy Innovation student fellow positions, email Communications Coordinator, Phil Lindsay [email protected].
Bard College is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Chatterton Williams as Hannah Arendt Center Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor of Humanities. Williams will begin teaching at the College in Spring 2023.
The Hannah Arendt Center hosts postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, senior fellows, and doctoral fellows who together form a vibrant and engaged intellectual community at Bard College. Fellows teach one course per semester while pursuing their research. Our current fellows are listed, here.