Anthony Cheung joins the faculty as Assistant Professor in Music after three years in the Harvard Society of Fellows and a yearlong residency at the American Academy in Rome. He received doctoral and master’s of musical arts degrees from Columbia and a BA  in music and East Asian history from Harvard. A composer and a pianist, Cheung has played and written music since early childhood and his works have been performed by internationally recognized ensembles. His scholarship focuses on contemporary music; his dissertation is titled “Ligeti’s Magic Horn: Parallel Universes of Tuning and Tradition in the Hamburg Concerto.”

Whitney Cox, AM’06, PhD’06, is Associate Professor in South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He returns to the University after serving as a senior lecturer in Sanskrit at SOAS, University of London. As the recipient of a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council fellowship, he spent 2012–13 working on a book project, “Moonset on Sunrise Mountain: Poetry, Politics, and the Making of a South Indian King.” He is also preparing a publication on modes of philology in late medieval South India. His research examines the history of writing and textual dissemination in South India during the Middle Ages with a focus on Sanskrit and Tamil literature.

Patrick Crowley, Assistant Professor in Art History, received his MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in art history and archaeology from Columbia and a BA in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. While his dissertation was titled “Forms of Spectrality in Ancient Rome,” he also has a background in Mesopotamian art and has done archaeological fieldwork in Cyprus and Italy. His scholarly interests include sarcophagi, portraiture, depictions of the dead, and gems and cameos. His book project, “The Phantom Image: Visuality and the Supernatural in the Greco-Roman World,” analyzes ghosts in the visual iconography of classical antiquity.

Laura Gandolfi is Assistant Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures, specializing in modern Latin American literature and culture with a particular emphasis on Mexico. She completed her MA and PhD in Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures at Princeton, and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Università di Trieste in Italy. Her dissertation, “Itinerant Objects: Practices of Writing, Perception, and Material Culture,” investigates the role of different categories of material objects (pre-Columbian antiquities, foreign commodities, luxury goods, etc.) in nineteenth-century Mexican literature and culture, examining the ways in which these objects become active agents in different literary, visual, and artistic practices. In addition to translations and journal articles, she published a collaborative interview of philosopher Jacques Rancière in the winter 2012 issue of Critical Inquiry.

Yung-ti Li, Associate Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, was previously an assistant professor at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, where he oversaw the Anyang Archaeology Lab; he also held an appointment in anthropology at National Taiwan University. A specialist in the craft production and social history of Bronze-Age China, he received a PhD from Harvard and an MA from the University of Arizona, both in anthropology. His BA, in Chinese literature, is from National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan. He has published two edited monographs in Chinese and received an American Council of Learned Societies grant to write his forthcoming book, The Kingly Craft: Craft Production and Political Economy of the Shang Capital at Anyang.

Raoul Moati is Assistant Professor in Philosophy, focusing on Continental European philosophy, phenomenology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language. His PhD is from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne University), where his thesis was titled “Le double problème de l’intentionnalité et des actes de langage dans la pensée de Jacques Derrida.” His first book, Derrida/Searle, deconstruction et langage ordinaire, examines the tension between deconstruction and ordinary language philosophy. His forthcoming book is titled Derrida et le langage ordinaire, and his current research analyzes the Continental understanding of metaphysics.

Daniel Morgan, PhD’07, returns to the University as Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies following an appointment in English and philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. His MA in cinema and television studies is from the University of London; he received a BA in social studies at Harvard. The author of Late Godard and the Possibilities of Cinema, he is working on a book project, “Film beyond Philosophy,” with coauthor Richard Neer, the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor in Art History and Cinema and Media Studies. Morgan’s scholarship explores aesthetics at the intersection of film and philosophy, with attention to camerawork, linkages between realism and modernism, and the visual impact of digital techniques.

Julie Orlemanski is Assistant Professor in English Language and Literature. Previously she held a faculty position at Boston College and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, where she received her PhD and MA in English. She will spend 2013–14 as a fellow at the Huntington Library. Her dissertation, “Symptomatic Subjects: Bodies, Signs, and Narratives in Late Medieval England,” analyzes how fourteenth- and fifteenth-century authors used depictions of emergent medical understanding and terminology to articulate agency and identity. Orlemanski published a creative-writing piece in Sou’wester that was nominated for the 2011 Pushcart Prize.

Richard Payne, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Oriental Institute, holds a PhD in history from Princeton and a BA in classics from the University of Colorado–Boulder. His dissertation, “Christianity and Iranian Society in Late Antiquity, ca. 500–700 CE,” details the relationship between Christian institutions and the cultural practices of the Iranian world. He was previously a visiting research scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University and an assistant professor of history at Mount Holyoke College; he also held teaching or research appointments at Trinity College, Amherst, and Universität Konstanz.

D. N. Rodowick is the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Cinema and Media Studies, with a primary focus on film history and theory. Previously he was the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and chair of visual and environmental studies and directed the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard. He held prior faculty appointments at King’s College, University of London; the University of Rochester; and Yale, where he founded the film studies program. He earned a PhD in communication and theater arts from the University of Iowa and an MA in communications from the University of Texas–Austin; he also did graduate work in cinema in Paris. He spent several years as an experimental filmmaker and video artist before his doctoral studies. He has two forthcoming books—An Elegy for Theory: The Senses of Theory and An Elegy for Theory: Philosophy’s Artful Conversation—and published others including The Virtual Life of Film and Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media.

Jacqueline Stewart, AM’93, PhD’99, returns to teaching at UChicago from Northwestern as Professor in Cinema and Media Studies. An expert in African American film, literature, and culture, her interests include the history and exhibition of moving images—especially in the city of Chicago—and non-canonical audiovisual media frequently excluded from archives. She directed the South Side Home Movie Project, an effort to preserve and disseminate work by amateur filmmakers from diverse Chicago neighborhoods. The author of Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity, her current projects include a book on the films of Spencer Williams and a manuscript that grew out of her role as cocurator of the L.A. Rebellion Preservation Project at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

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