Old Dominion Professorships for Princeton Faculty Members

This program is designed to provide additional research time for faculty members and to enhance the humanities community more broadly by providing a core group of senior faculty with time and resources to engage colleagues and students from across the university in sustained discussions of their work.

The Professorship
Old Dominion Professors are appointed for a term of one year, one semester of which would otherwise have been devoted to a regular sabbatical leave. The Professorship extends that leave to one full year. Old Dominion Professors are expected to be in residence for the year and to engage in the intellectual life of the Council and the university. To foster a community of scholars, Old Dominion Professors are provided with offices in a congenial setting outside their home departments. They participate in Humanities Council activities, typically as Faculty Fellows in the Society of Fellows.

Eligibility and application
Tenured faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are invited to apply by submitting a curriculum vitae and project proposal (2-3 pages) along with a copy of the leave request they have submitted to the Dean of the Faculty. Proposals may involve new and exploratory work or on-going scholarly projects. Deadline is November 17.

Selection
The Executive Committee of the Humanities Council evaluates proposals and makes recommendations to the Chair of the Council and the Dean of the Faculty.

Criteria
In making its recommendations, the Committee is mindful, not only of the intrinsic merits of the projects, but also of the potential convergence among proposals and the opportunities for intellectual exchange among Old Dominion Professors.

Questions may be addressed to Denis Feeney, Chair, or Kathleen Crown, Executive Director.

 

Old Dominion Professors Announced for 2015-2016

Bernard Haykel  Near Eastern Studies
A historian of the Arabian Peninsula and a scholar of Islamic law and Islamic political movements, Bernard Haykel is professor of Near Eastern Studies and director of the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. He has directed the Project on Oil and Energy in the Middle East. Haykel is the author of Revival and Reform in Islam, and Saudi Arabia in Transition. He is also the author of numerous articles on Salafism, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Wahhabism. Haykel appears frequently in print and broadcast media, including PBS, NPR, the New York Times, al-Jazeera, and the BBC, among others.

Alison Isenberg History
A scholar of 19th-  and 20th-century American society, with particular attention to the transformation of cities, and to the intersections of culture, the economy, and place, Alison Isenberg is author of Downtown America:  A History of the Place and the People Who Made It.  A co-director of the Urban Studies Program, she serves on the Executive Committee of the American Studies Program, and is an Affiliated Faculty member in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her Old Dominion project, Second-Hand Cities: Antiques, Inheritance, and Preservation from the Civil War to Urban Renewal, considers the antique and second-hand trades as a lens for analyzing the reconfiguration of cities and their regions during this era of key social and demographic upheavals.

AnneMarie Luijendijk  Religion
A historian of early Christianity and a papyrologist, AnneMarie Luijendijk is Chair of the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity. As an Old Dominion Professor, she will be working on a new book on scriptures as artifacts, the sociology of reading, and the development of the New Testament canon, provisionally entitled: From Gospels to Garbage: Early Christian Manuscripts as Material Culture. Her previous books are Greetings in the Lord: Early Christians and the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (2008) and Forbidden Oracles? The Gospel of the Lots of Mary (2014).


Old Dominion Professors for 2014-2015

David Bell History

David Bellos French and Italian, Comparative Literature

Wendy Heller Music

Michael Jennings German  

 

Roster of Previous Old Dominion Professors

Kofi Agawu, Music

April Alliston, Comparative Literature

John Cooper, Philosophy

Isabelle Clark-Decès, Anthropology

Andrew Feldherr, Classics

Diana Fuss, English

Daniel Garber, Philosophy

William Gleason, English

Molly Greene, History, Hellenic Studies

Gilbert Harman, Philosophy

Martha Himmelfarb, Religion

Claudia Johnson, English

Robert Kaster, Classics

Paul Lansky, Music

Susan Naquin, History, East Asian Studies

Alexander Nehamas, Philosophy, Comparative Literature

Elaine Pagels, Religion

Albert Raboteau, Religion

Eileen Reeves, Comparative Literature

Daniel T. Rodgers, History

Esther Schor, English

Susan Stewart, English

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