In addition to the faculty members at Columbia Law School, the affiliated faculty of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought include:
Robert Gooding-Williams holds appointments at Columbia University in both the philosophy department and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS), where he is a member of the core faculty and founding director of the Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice. His areas of research and teaching interests include social and political philosophy (especially anti-racist critical theory), the history of African-American political thought, 19th century European philosophy (especially Nietzsche), existentialism, and aesthetics (including literature and philosophy, representations of race in film, and the literary theory and criticism of African-American literature).
Gooding-Williams is the author of Zarathustra's Dionysian Modernism (Stanford: 2001); Look, A Negro! Philosophical Essays on Race, Culture, and Politics (Routledge: 2005); and In The Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America (Harvard: 2009).
In 2010, In the Shadow of Du Bois received two book commendations: Gooding-Williams was awarded "best book" by the race, ethnicity, and politics section of the American Political Science Assocation (APSA), and he was given an honorable mention citation in connection to the David Easton Award by the APSA's foundations of political theory section.
Over the course of his career, Gooding-Williams has been awarded numerous fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Humanities' Independent Scholars and College Teachers Fellowship, two Andrew Mellon Faculty Fellowships, and a Laurance A. Rockefeller Fellowship from the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.
Presently, Gooding-Williams is a member of the American Philosophical Association's Eastern Division Nominating Committee, an advisory editor of The Journal of the American Philosophical Association, a member of the Editorial Council of Constellations, and co-editor of the Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy, a website that publishes commentary by philosophers and other scholars on recent philosophical writing on race and gender.
Stathis Gourgouris writes and teaches on a variety of subjects, ultimately entwined around questions of the poetics and politics of modernity and democracy. He is the author of Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization, and the Institution of Modern Greece (Stanford: 1996), Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era (Stanford: 2003), Lessons in Secular Criticism (Fordham: 2013), and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism: The Psychical Politics of Knowledge (Fordham: 2010).
Outside of these projects, Gourgouris has also published numerous articles on ancient Greek philosophy, political theory, modern poetics, film, contemporary music, and psychoanalysis. He is currently completing work on two other projects of secular criticism: The Perils of the One and Nothing Sacred. Gourgouris is also an internationally awarded poet with four volumes of poetry published in Greek, the most recent being “Introduction to Physics” (Athens: 2005).
Gourgouris writes regularly for Internet media (such as Al Jazeera, The Immanent Frame, and Re-Public), as well as major Greek newspapers and journals focused on political and literary matters. He is currently the director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.
Anupama Rao is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. She is also Senior Editor, Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Her area of training and expertise is in the history and anthropology of South Asia, and she has research interests in gender and sexuality studies, in the anthropology of violence, social theory, global political thought, and comparative urbanism. Rao has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center (2008-09), The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (2010-10), and at RE:WORK, Berlin (2014-2015). She is the author of The Caste Question (University of California Press, 2009), which theorizes caste subalternity, with specific focus on the role of anti-caste thought (and its thinkers) in producing alternative genealogies of political subject-formation. Rao has also written extensively on the themes of colonialism and humanitarianism, and on non-Western histories of gender and sexuality. She is currently working on a book focused on the political thought of B. R. Ambedkar, and a project tentatively titled Dalit Bombay, which explores the relationship between caste, political culture, and everyday life in colonial and postcolonial Bombay.
Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco. Professor at the Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. He teaches Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Columbia from the vantage point of contemporary issues (Digital Storytelling, narratives on the end of the world, inquisitorial systems, etc.). Prior to coming to Columbia in 2008 has been professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Universidad de Salamanca, Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), and the École Normale Supérieure (Lettres et Sciences Humaines). Among his publications are books and articles on law and the humanities, the history of the book and reading, medieval political theory, poetry, etc. He is one of the fellows of the 2015 The Op-Ed Project. Currently he serves as Chair of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures. http://www.jrvelasco.com
Emmanuelle Saada joined the department of French and romance philology at Columbia University in 2006. She received her academic training in France, where she studied sociology and history at the École Normale Supérieureand and, in 2001, received her Ph.D. from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).
Saada's main field of research and teaching is the history of the French empire in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a specific interest in law. Her first book, Les enfants de la colonie. Les métis de l'Empire français entre sujétion et citoyenneté, was published in France in 2007 and translated in 2012 under the title Empire’s Children: Race, Filiation, and Citizenship in the French Colonies (University of Chicago Press).
Saada is currently writing a historiographical book that reflects on French and European colonization as a history of the present. She is also working on a project on law and violence in Algeria and France in the 19th century.
Michael Taussig, Ph.D., is an anthropologist known for his provocative ethnographic studies and unconventional style as an academic. He is currently a professor of anthropology at both Columbia University and the European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland. In spite of his numerous publications in his field, especially in medical anthropology, Taussig is most acclaimed for his commentaries on Karl Marx and Walter Benjamin, especially in relation to the idea of commodity fetishism. Michael Taussig is the author of the following books: What Color is the Sacred? (2009); Walter Benjamin's Grave (2006); My Cocaine Museum (2004); Law in a Lawless Land: Diary of a Limpieza in a Colombian Town (2003); Defacement (1999); Magic of the State (1997); Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses (1993); The Nervous System (1992); Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing (1987); and The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America (1980). Michael Taussig is the author of numerous articles, including: “What Do Drawings Want?” (Culture, Theory and Critique: 2009); “The Corn Wolf: Writing Apotropaic Texts” (Critical Inquiry: 2008); “Zoology, Magic, and Surrealism in the War on Terror” (Critical Inquiry: 2008); “Redeeming Indigo” (Theory, Culture & Society: 2008); “Getting High with Walter Benjamin and William Burroughs” (Cabinet: 2008); “Zoology, Magic, and Surrealism” (Critical Inquiry: 2008); and many more.