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.
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.
Christine Gonzalez StantonChristine 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. 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. 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.
Jana Schmidt holds an M.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Comparative Literature from SUNY Buffalo. She has taught at the Free University Berlin, Buffalo, Bard, the Bard Prison Initiative, and California State University, Los Angeles. Her essays have appeared in The Journal of Narrative Theory, The German Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Philosophy Today, and the Journal of Arendt Studies.
Jana SchmidtHer first book Hannah Arendt und die Folgen was published in 2018 with Metzler Verlag. She is currently working on a book project on German-speaking exiles and their encounters with Black politics in the US post 1945. 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.
Director of Academic Programs
Jake Rivers serves as the program manager of the Hannah Arendt Humanities Network. As the program manager, Jake works with various OSUN institutions across the globe to develop and implement humanities programming for the network’s students, staff, and scholars. Prior to Bard, Jake tended to Robert Frost’s former homestead in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he coordinated poetry conferences and managed the property’s museum.
Jacob RiversHe earned a BA from Suffolk University in Hispanic Literature and an MFA in Poetry from New England College. You can find his book, writings, and criticisms in various venues on and off the internet.
HAHN Program Manager
As Communications Coordinator, Philip manages our newsletters, supervises HAC Citizens' Assemblies fellows, coordinates outreach for HAC events and maintains our website.
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.
Research Director and Associate Professor of German and Director of the German Studies Program M.A., Free University of Berlin; Ph.D., University of Munich. Also studied at University of Rome, La Sapienza. Has taught at institutions of higher learning in Germany, Vanderbilt University, and Oberlin College, and recently served as Alexander von Humboldt / Feodor Lynen Research Fellow at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching interests include 20th-century German literature and film; the political dimensions of culture, art, and thought; Hannah Arendt; and contemporary developments in German media and society after 1989.
Thomas WildAmong his publications are a monograph on Arendt's relationships with key postwar German writers; an intellectual biography of Arendt; and a edition of poetry by Thomas Brasch. He coedited Arendt's conversations and correspondence with the eminent German historian and political essayist Joachim Fest. He is also a literary critic and cultural correspondent for the German dailies Sïddeutsche Zeitung and Der Tagesspiegel. At Bard since 2012.
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 Thoughtful Talk student fellow, email Director of Academic Programs, Jana Schmidt [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 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.