Hannah Arendt Center 2022–2023 Senior Fellows
Kenyon Victor AdamsSenior Fellow
Kenyon Victor Adams is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. His recent work explores the notion of fractured epistemologies, and seeks to reclaim or expand various ways of knowing through integrative artistic practices. Kenyon has contributed art and thought leadership at Yale School of Drama, Yale ISM Poetry Conference, Live IdeasFestival, the Langston Hughes Project, the National Arts Policy Roundtable, and the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College. He studied Religion & Literature at Yale Divinity School, and Theology of Contemporary Performance at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Thomas BartschererSenior Fellow
Thomas Bartscherer is the Peter Sourian Senior Lecturer in the Humanities at Bard College. He writes on the intersection of literature and philosophy, with a particular focus on tragic drama, aesthetics, and performance. He also writes on contemporary art, new media technology, and the history and practice of liberal education. He is co-editor of Erotikon: Essays on Eros Ancient and Modern and Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts, both from the University of Chicago Press, and he is currently editing, with Wout Cornelissen, The Life of the Mind for the critical edition of the works of Hannah Arendt. He is a research associate with the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes in Paris and has held research fellowships at the École Normale Supérieure and the University of Heidelberg. He has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD from the University of Chicago. https://thomasbartscherer.
Jacob BurdaSenior Fellow
Jacob Burda wrote his doctoral thesis on the conception of infinity in early German Romanticism at Oxford University. His thesis was translated into German and published with Metzler, here. He has lectured on German literature and philosophy at UCLA, and is particularly interested in cultural history, phenomenology (especially Heidegger) and the philosophy of physics. He is the co-founder of the Alpine Fellowship, an annual symposium centered around aesthetics and ideas.
Thomas Chatterton WilliamsSenior Fellow
Thomas Chatterton Williams is the author of Losing My Cool and Self-Portrait in Black and White. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic, a 2019 New America Fellow, and a visiting fellow at AEI. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, New Yorker, the London Review of Books, Le Monde and many other places, and has been collected in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. He has received support from Yaddo, MacDowell and The American Academy in Berlin, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees. His next book, Nothing Was the Same: The Pandemic Summer of George Floyd and the Shift in Western Consciousness, will be published by Knopf. Williams was named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow for his work in general nonfiction. He will be a Visiting Professor of Humanities at Bard College, Spring 2023.
Samantha HillSenior Fellow
Samantha Rose Hill is the author of Hannah Arendt (Reaktion, 2021) and Hannah Arendt’s Poems forthcoming from Liveright. She is a senior fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and associate faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. You can find her work in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Aeon, LitHub, OpenDemocracy, Public Seminar, Contemporary Political Theory, and Theory and Event. www.samantharosehill.com
Wyatt MasonSenior Fellow
Wyatt Mason is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine. His work also appears in The New York Review of Books, GQ, The London Review of Books and The New Yorker. Modern Library publishes his translations of the complete works of Arthur Rimbaud, Rimbaud Complete and I Promise to be Good. A 2003-2004 fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, he received the 2005 Nona Balakian Citation from the National Book Critics Circle and, in 2006, a National Magazine Award. He has served as a consulting editor at large for the Margellos World Republic of Letters of Yale University Press, an imprint devoted to world literature in translation, and has taught non-fiction writing in the MFA program of Bennington College. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Hannah Arendt Center in 2010.
Allison StangerSenior Fellow
Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College, Technology and Human Values Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, New America Cybersecurity Fellow, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is the author of Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump and One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy, both with Yale University Press. She is working on a new book tentatively titled Consumers vs. Citizens: Social Inequality and Democracy’s Public Square in a Big Data World. Stanger’s writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and she has testified before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, the Senate Budget Committee, the Congressional Oversight Panel, the Senate HELP Committee, and the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. In 2021, Stanger was named Senior Advisor of the Hannah Arendt Humanities Network.
Micah WhiteSenior Fellow
MICAH WHITE, PhD is a lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a global social movement that spread to 82 countries, while an editor of Adbusters magazine. White has been profiled by NPR's Morning Edition, The New Yorker, The Guardian and Esquire has named him one of the most influential young thinkers alive today. Micah's book, The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, was published by Knopf Canada and has been translated into Greek and German. A sought after activist speaker and educator, Micah has delivered numerous lectures at prestigious universities, cultural festivals and private events in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Indonesia, the Netherlands and beyond. Micah is the co-founder of Activist Graduate School, an online school for activists. The first Activist Graduate School course was taught and filmed at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard. Learn more about Micah at micahmwhite.com
Hannah Arendt Center 2022–2023 Klemens von Klemperer Post Doctoral Fellow
Nicholas DunnKlemens von Klemperer Post Doctoral Fellow
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. He 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.
Hannah Arendt Center 2022–2023 Associate Fellows
Libby BarringerAssociate Fellow
Libby Barringer received her doctorate in Political Science from UCLA in 2016. Her work brings ancient and modern political thought and literature into conversation for the sake of rethinking, and recovering, democratic ideas and practices. In particular, she is concerned with democratic politics as they emerge in extreme conditions of power and powerlessness. Her current manuscript project reflects this interest, centering on different political accounts of death as they are a part of political life, ancient and modern, and the capacities for these distinct accounts to enable or suppress democratic practices. She is also working on a second project, analyzing the politics of contemporary accounts of (super) heroism in dialogue with the political thought of Greek tragedy. In addition to her doctorate, she also holds an MSc in Political theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from The College of William and Mary in Government and Fine Arts.
Aliza BeckerAssociate Fellow
Aliza Becker is the Director of the American Jewish Peace Archive and Meanings of October 27th, oral history projects affiliated with the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. The American Jewish Peace Archive is an oral history archive of interviews with American Jewish peace activists who had been involved in Jewishly identified organizations from 1967 through 2017. The Meanings of October 27th documents the life histories and reflections on the 2018 deadly synagogue shooting of diverse Jewish and non-Jewish Pittsburghers. Becker has degrees in History and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nelly Ben HayounAssociate Fellow
Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is a designer of extreme experiences that aims to bring the sublime to life. Dubbed the "Willy Wonka of Design," Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is an award-winning French designer and filmmaker who creates multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of science, theater, politics and Design. Wired awarded her their inaugural Innovation Fellowship in 2014, and Icon magazine recognized Dr. Ben Hayoun as one of the top 50 designers 'shaping the future' for her pioneering "total bombardment" design philosophy.
Jeffery JurgensAssociate Fellow
Jeffrey Jurgens received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is Fellow for Anthropology and Social Theory at the Bard Prison Initiative as well as Academic Co-Director of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison. His scholarly interests revolve around themes of migration, citizenship, youth culture, public memory, and the cultural politics of incarceration.
Hans KernAssociate Fellow
Hans, an American German also from Munich, came to learn about sortition through Jonas and found that it in many ways satisfies his demand for more inclusive decision-making. Hans is a writer, illustrator and self-publisher of environmental manuals, including the [Re]cyclopaedia: global swarming toolbox of all the known strategies for [re]versing global warming and [re]pairing the planet. He believes deliberative sortition is the key to bringing ecologically prudent policy to the political sphere, from the local to the global scale. Hans graduated from Bard College in 2014.
Jonas KunzAssociate Fellow
After finishing his primary education at a Steiner School close to Munich, Germany, Jonas attended Bard College, where he took classes in Ancient Greek, Economics, Philosophy and Politics. Jonas first heard about sortition from his good friend Luke Harrington, who in turn had heard about it from another trusted friend. Searching for a more meaningful democratic process, he quickly recognised: sortition warrants deeper investigation. Upon finishing his thesis for his B.A. in Political Studies on sortition, Jonas invited Hans to co-found B.I.R.D.S. in the Spring of 2018.
Jana MaderAssociate Fellow
Jana Mader received her Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Munich. She taught at UNC-A and at Juilliard and has been at Bard since 2019. Her research focuses on 19th-century literature and art, women writers of the 19th century, nation-building and national narratives, nature in literature, and environmental humanities. Jana works as a writer, scholar, and translator. Her dissertation "Natur und Nation. Landschaft als Ausdruck nationaler Identität. Der Rhein und der Hudson River — ein literaturwissenschaftlicher Vergleich“ (2022) is under contract with Königshausen & Neumann and will get published in the Spring of '23. Her first novel came out in 2018. More about her work can be found here: janamarlene.com
Nikita NelinAssociate Fellow
Nikita Nelin (BA, Bard College; MFA, Brooklyn College) is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and immersive journalism. His writing experiments with voice driven narrative in the intersection of memory and imagination, while often referencing the themes of his own emigration experience. His journalism subverts the objective-witness myth and explores ritual, ceremony, alternative community models, and the contemporary culture-at-large through “a perspective from the cultural fringe.” He has written about Standing Rock, Burning Man, education towards individual agency, and socio-cultural sustainability in consumerist and branding practices. His early research focused on the “silenced generations;” Soviet writers and artists rejected by the communist party. He received the 2010 Sean O’Faolain Prize for short fiction, the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars Prize for nonfiction, and was a finalist for the 2017 Restless Books Immigrant Prize as well as at 2018 Dzanc Books Prize. He has taught independently and at Brooklyn College with special concentration in the Close-Reading Method. An expanded CV, work samples, as well as projects in development can be found at nikitanelin.com
Alexander SorosAssociate Fellow
Alexander Soros is a doctoral candidate in the history department of the University of California at Berkeley. In 2012, he established the Alexander Soros Foundation, which supports human rights, social justice, and educational causes.
Michael WeinmanAssociate Fellow
Michael Weinman is Professor of Philosophy at Bard College Berlin (on leave 2022-23). He is the author or editor of six books, most recently, Hannah Arendt and Politics (Edinburgh UP 2022), with Maria Robaszkiewicz. He is also co-editor, with BCB's Boris Vormann, of The Emergence of Illiberalism (Routledge 2020) and co-author, with BCB's Geoff Lehman, of The Parthenon and Liberal Education (SUNY Press, 2018). His research focuses on political philosophy and the history of political thought, especially the contemporary legacies of classical thought and culture.
Mark Williams Jr.Associate Fellow
Mark Williams Jr. is a public health educator and program manager in the Department of Neurology at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he develops and tests community-based behavioral interventions for African American populations in NIH-funded randomized control trials. He is also a fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College, and is the former Director of Access, Equity, and Inclusion Programs at Bard High School Early College Manhattan, where he designed and taught social and behavioral sciences courses for high school and college students. His research focuses on the pragmatics of harm reduction and community-based participatory research to address health disparities in urban environments, the bioethics of emerging concepts and technologies in the biomedical sciences, and the relationship between public health, aesthetic philosophy, and critical theory in health communications. He is an award-winning teacher and student mentor having most recently been recognized in 2020 with the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago, for his commitment to careful educational instruction and student development both inside and outside of the classroom. He graduated from Bard College with a degree in Anthropology and Global Public Health and is currently a M.S. candidate in Community Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Hannah Arendt Center 2022–2023 Visiting Scholar Fellows
Jana BacevicVisiting Scholar
Jana Bacevic is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Durham University, UK, and contributing editor of The Philosopher, UK's longest-running public philosophy journal. Jana's work is in social and political theory and the politics of knowledge production; she has published extensively on the relationship between knowledge and social and political dynamics. Her current work is on non-reciprocity, including in contexts such as 'free speech wars', academic freedom, and public health.
Jana has a PhD in sociology (Cambridge, 2019) and a PhD in social anthropology (University of Belgrade, 2008). In the intervening period she was lecturer at the Central European University, Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus University, and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge; she also worked as consultant and advisor for a range of governments and international organizations in the field of education policy and minority rights. More about Jana's work is available at www.janabacevic.net. Jana's project at Bard, provisionally entitled 'How to think together: the social life of the mind', addresses the challenges of thinking and knowing in politically plural collectivities vs. in solitude
Alex CainVisiting Scholar
Alex Cain is a PhD candidate and Teaching Associate in the philosophy department at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her dissertation focuses on the relation between thinking and friendship in the work of Hannah Arendt. Her article, “Arendt’s Contradictions: ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ in the perspective of Arendt’s practice of Socratic dialogue” is published in Arendt Studies. She has also published on Kant in Critical Horizons and Kant and Arendt in Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique. Alex’s interests include ethical and political theory within the European philosophical tradition, with a special focus on community, solidarity, and friendship. Her research has received funding from Monash University, the Australian government, and the DAAD. At the Hannah Arendt Center Alex is particularly interested in studying the marginalia in the books in Arendt’s personal library and Heinrich Blücher’s lectures on friendship.
Jennifer LupuVisiting Scholar
Jennifer A. Lupu is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Northwestern University, a former predoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the former archaeology intern for the Washington, DC Historic Preservation Office. Her dissertation analyzes the circulation of medical commodities between 1880-1930 in Washington, DC, analyzing materials from archaeologically excavated household refuse deposits at multiple sites across the city. Drawing together data across multiple scales of analysis, her research examines the interrelationship between legislative action and everyday life, asking "how did large-scale regulatory and social changes, such as the governmental regulation of pharmaceuticals, influence medicine access and consumption practices among the residents of Washington, DC?" Her research has received funding from the Social Sciences Research Council, the Smithsonian Institution, the DC Historic Preservation Office, and the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN).
Mirka MuiluVisiting Scholar
Mirka Muilu is a PhD candidate in media studies at Tampere University. Her interests lie in the
science and technology studies, new materialism and theories and possibilities of civil activity. In her
research, she interprets Hannah Arendt’s theory of active life from the perspective of material media
theory. The dissertation brings Arendt’s conceptualizations into the discussion with the current debates of
agency and suggests that Arendt’s way to understand the dynamic between the earth and the world offers
a fruitful analytical viewpoint to politicize the material dependencies of virtual media cultures. Mirka has
worked as a doctoral researcher and a teaching assistant at her home university between 2018-2022.
Currently she is funded by Ella & Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation. Before starting her academic research, she
has worked as a journalist. The visiting at the Hannah Arendt Center is a great opportunity to network and
to finalize her thesis.
Tim Wyman-McCarthyVisiting Scholar
Tim Wyman-McCarthy is a 6th year PhD candidate in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is completing a dissertation on how the rhetoric of social movements has entered liberal social change projects. The project, "In Search of the Political," aims to theorize the political grammar developed by elite human rights, development, and philanthropic institutions in their engagement with social movements. His research and teaching interests encompass histories of human rights, philanthropy, and development; law and the humanities; postcolonial and settler colonial studies; socio-legal studies; narrative analysis and genre theory; and the intersection of literature and political theory. Before arriving at Berkeley, Tim completed a BA in English Literature and History (Queen's U, Canada), MA in English Literature (Oxford, UK), and an MA in Human Rights Studies (Columbia, USA), and worked in a number of third sector organizations, including CARE USA, Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch. For the past two years he has also been the Editorial Assistant for the journal Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory.
Nagehan YanarVisiting Scholar
Prior to coming to Bard College, Nagehan Yanar received a MA with High Honors in English Language and Literature from Yeditepe University on a full scholarship. She holds a BA with High Honors in English Language and Literature at Kocaeli University, where she graduated the First-ranked in both the department and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She also studied at King's College London and Bogazici University as a visiting student. Her fields of interest are situated at the intersection of the twentieth-century European (mainly British) and American literature, critical theory, twentieth-century Continental theory, as well as modern political thought. Specifically, her recent research has focused on weaving together the insights of Hannah Arendt, William Faulkner, and Virginia Woolf to critically examine the concepts of freedom, political subjectivity, action, violence, and totalitarianism. She is currently working on her article titled "Seeing Faulkner Through Arendt: The Sound and the Fury.” Nagehan Yanar is the translator of Frederick C. Beiser's Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy 1860-1900 into Turkish (forthcoming, Istanbul: Say Publishing, 2022).