Visiting Fellows 2022-23

The Humanities Council is pleased to welcome eight Long-Term and four Short-Term Visiting Fellows to the University for the academic year 2022-23.

Visiting fellows are distinguished writers, artists, and scholars from around the world, nominated by chairs of humanities departments with support from directors of interdisciplinary programs in the humanities.

Long-Term Fellows will spend the semester at Princeton, teaching a course for a full semester. Short-Term Fellows lecture and participate in classes, colloquia, and informal discussions during intensive three-to-five-day visits on campus.  

Long-Term Visiting Fellows

Fall 2022

  • Martin Conway
    Professor of Contemporary European History, Balliol College, University of Oxford
    Course: Graduate course on democracy in postwar Europe

Martin Conway will serve as the Class of 1932 Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of History. His research expertise is in European history from the 1930s to the final decades of the twentieth century. Most recently, his work has concerned the history of democracy in twentieth-century Europe. He has written a number of articles on the nature of democracy in post-war Europe and is the author of several books including Europe’s Democratic Age: Western Europe 1945-68 (Princeton University Press, 2020).

  • Mark DeChiazza
    Theater director and filmmaker
    Course: Opera Performance, co-taught with Gabriel Crouch (Music), (MPP 219)

Mark DeChiazza is a director whose multifaceted practice encompasses theater, filmmaking, choreography, scenic and media design, and installation. His work as been presented in national and international venues across the world. He will be the Edward T. Cone Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Music.

  • Andrew Huddleston
    Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy, University of Warwick
    Course: Philosophy of Art: The Idea of a ‘Religion of Art’ in the 19th and 20th Century, (PHI 530, COM 531)

Andrew Huddleston will be the Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Philosophy. Huddleston specializes in 19th and 20th century European philosophy, aesthetics, and ethics. He is currently at work on a book tentatively titled Art’s Highest Calling: The Religion of Art in a Secular Age, which considers the aspiration of art to fill the void of waning religion in the period from Early German Romanticism through Modernism.

  • Josephine Meckseper
    Large-scale artist
    Course: Counterworlds: Innovation and Rupture in Communities of Artistic Practice, co-taught with Brigid Doherty (German, Art & Archaeology), (HUM 434, VIS 434, ECS 434, ART 404)

Josephine Meckseper will serve as Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Art & Archaeology. Meckseper is known for large-scale vitrine installations and films that meld the aesthetic language of twentieth-century modernism with her own imagery of historical undercurrents. Her works have been published extensively in monographs and shown in numerous museum solo exhibitions worldwide and are in permanent collections of major institutions across the United States.

  • John Plotz
    Mandel Professor of Humanities, Brandeis University
    Course: Studies in the English Novel: Genre Trouble: Realism and Its Others, (ENG 566)

John Plotz will be the Eberhard L. Faber Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English. He is an author, editor of the B-Sides feature in Public Books, and co-host of a podcast called Recall This Book. His most recent books include Semi-Detached: Aesthetic Experience from Dickens to Keaton (Princeton University Press, 2017) and My Reading: Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea (forthcoming, Oxford, 2022).

  • Zoë Towns
    Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform,
    Course: Topics in Race and Public Policy: Do Black Lives Matter in the News?, team-taught with Naomi Murakawa (African American Studies), (AAS 306, HUM 329, JRN 336)

Zoë Towns will be the Old Dominion Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of African American Studies. At, a bipartisan political advocacy organization committed to safely and significantly driving down America’s incarceration rate, she works in coalition with policymakers and constituencies across the political spectrum to advance sentencing, parole, and pretrial reforms that deliver more freedom, opportunity, and fairness. 

Spring 2023

  • Suzanne Marchand
    LSU Systems Boyd (University) Professor of European Intellectual History at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Suzanne Marchand will be the Old Dominion Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of History. She is the author of several books, including German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Race, Religion, and Scholarship (Cambridge UP, 2009) and Porcelain: A History from the Heart of Europe (Princeton UP, 2020) which were awarded the George Mosse Prize of the American Historical Association and the Ralph Gomory Prize of the Business History Conference, respectively.

Kamila Shamsie will serve as Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English. She is the author of eight novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Her most recent book, Home Fire, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hellenic Prize and was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in the UK.

Short-Term Visiting Fellows

Fall 2022

  • Daniel Alexander Jones
    Multi-disciplinary artist and educator

Daniel Alexander Jones is a performance and theater artist, dramaturg, and educator with over 25 years of interdisciplinary practice. His extensive body of original work weaves performance art, theater, music, writing, and teaching. He was most recently a full professor at Fordham University and is now a producing artist for the Center for New Performance at CalArts and in residence with UCLA’s Center for the Arts and Performance. He will serve as a Belknap Fellow in the Humanities Council and Lewis Center for the Arts.

  • Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore. As both a solo artist and collaborator, he has performed on stages all over the world – including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Carnegie Hall. He has made 18 recordings to date, ranging from traditional to experimental, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate. He will be the Edward T. Cone Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Music.

Spring 2023

  • Darren Gobert (postponed to Spring 2024)
    William and Sue Gross Professor of Theater Studies and English, Duke University

R. Darren Gobert serves as chair of theater studies and director of the Duke in New York: Arts, Culture, and Performance program. He is the author of The Theatre of Caryl Churchill (Bloomsbury) as well as The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Action in the Cartesian Theater (Stanford UP), which won awards for best book in the field of theater history from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and the American Society for Theatre Research. He will be the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English

  • Craig Williams
    Professor of Classics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Craig Williams is a scholar and the author of several books including Roman Homosexuality (Oxford University Press 1999; revised edition 2010), A Martial Reader (Bolchazy-Carducci 2011), and Reading Roman Friendship (Cambridge University Press 2012). He is currently writing a book which brings together, for the first time, over 80 indigenous writers of North America who from the seventeenth century to today have made various uses of Greco-Roman antiquity, cumulatively and collectively contributing to Native survivance. He will be a Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Classics.

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