Professorships and Fellowships

The Humanities Council supports the advancement of the humanities and related fields by sponsoring professorships and fellowships.

This page provides an overview of the intellectual pursuits of our distinguished community of scholars. For a complete list of people in current roles, please see our People Directory.

Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities

The Council is home to the Carpenter Professorship in the Humanities, a joint appointment in the Council and a humanities department.  The inaugural Carpenter Professor, Alexander Nehamas, is currently Professor in the Humanities Council, Philosophy, and Comparative Literature. His books include Nietzsche: Life as Literature, The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault, Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates, and Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art.

At Princeton, he has chaired the Council of the Humanities and directed the Program in Hellenic Studies, and he was the Founding Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Professor Alexander Nehamas
Professor Alexander Nehamas

Old Dominion Research Professors

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.  Old Dominion Professors are tenured professors in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

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 Humanities Council and the university. During their term, Old Dominion Professors are invited to share their research and participate in Council activities, whether leading workshops, speaking at the Annual Humanities Colloquium, participating in a series of conversations and lectures, or serving as Faculty Fellows in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Faculty interested in applying should visit the Research Professorships webpage for information about deadline and procedures.

2023-24 Old Dominion Professors

  • Bridget Alsdorf, Professor of Art and Archaeology
    Project: Shadowed: Intimacy and Collaboration in Modern Scandinavian Art
  • Sandra Bermann, Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature
    Project: Poetry and War: Reading René Char’s Fureur et mystère; Poetry and War: Translating the Untranslatable
  • Laura F. Edwards, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty
    Project: No Account:  Credit, Property, and Women’s Lives in the United States
  • Sarah Rivett, Professor of English and American Studies
    Project: Raven’s Land: Placing the Indigenous Northwest Pacific in American Literature

Behrman Professors in the Humanities

Behrman Professors are faculty of tenured rank who are appointed for a three-year term to teach in the Humanistic Studies Program and to raise the overall profile of the Humanities at Princeton. Each year, we appoint one dedicated Humanities teacher from within our community to take a leading role in the year-long sequence, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture (HUM 216-219), and in the undergraduate interdisciplinary certificate in Humanistic Studies.

This is a three-year appointment (for consecutive years), and there are three “Behrman Professors” at any given time. The Professors are intended to enhance the appeal and continuity of the year-long interdisciplinary sequences and to raise the profile of the Program in Humanistic Studies, supporting interdisciplinary research by certificate students, who are concentrators in all divisions of the University.

Year 1

The new Professor will teach in either Fall or Spring in HUM 216-219, as part of a six-member faculty team, receiving the usual Council summer salary of $7500 for preparing a team-taught HUM course for the first time. 

Year 2

He or she will coordinate for HUM 216-219, teaching in both Fall and Spring semesters. Because of the higher commitment in this year, the Professor will receive a 1/9th summer salary either before or after the second year.

Year 3

In the third year, the Professor will design and lead two gatherings (research-related workshops/panels) and at least one excursion aimed at sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the HUM certificate program, receiving a Council summer stipend of $1500 for planning and implementation. The Professor may also elect to teach the capstone seminar for the Certificate in Humanistic Studies, with an additional $7500 course-development grant for a new team-taught course. The capstone seminar requires team teaching with another regular faculty member at Princeton from a different discipline/department. 

In recognition of this commitment of three continuous years to the Humanistic Studies Program, the Humanities Council will provide a guaranteed semester’s leave at the end of the three years; this leave can be banked to be used in conjunction with another semester leave when it becomes available from the home department.

How to Apply

Currently, there is no call for Behrman Professorships.
Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Kathleen Crown, Executive Director, Humanities Council.

Application information and web portal.

Current Behrman Professors

Linguistics Professors

The Council supports tenure-track professors in the Linguistics Program, in addition to several lecturers and postdoctoral fellows in Humanistic Studies, Digital Humanities, Linguistics, Religion, Sanskrit, Urban Studies, and American Studies.

Byron T. Ahn, Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Humanities Council
Byron T. Ahn, Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Humanities Council

Long-Term Visiting Fellows

Each year, distinguished writers, artists and scholars spend a semester visiting at Princeton, teaching one course. Nominations are invited from chairs of humanities departments and may be made jointly with interdisciplinary programs and committees under the Council’s umbrella.

Departments interested in nominating fellows should visit our Visiting Faculty page for information about deadlines and procedures.

Robyn Wiegman
Robyn Wiegman is the Class of 1932 Visiting Fellow in the Council of the Humanities and the Department of English.

Short-Term Visiting Fellows

During intensive three-to-five-day periods, these Fellows lecture and participate in classes, colloquia and informal discussions. The Program was created with a gift from Frank E. Taplin, Jr.’37 in honor of Whitney J. Oates, the distinguished classicist and founder of the Humanities Council. The Short-Term Fellows Program also hosts Belknap Fellows in Arts and Letters, Stewart Fellows in Religion, and Edward T. Cone ’39*42 Fellows, named in memory of the eminent composer, musicologist, professor and benefactor of the arts and humanities.

Departments interested in nominating fellows should visit our Visiting Faculty page for information about deadlines and procedures.

Caomhim Ó Raghallaigh traditional musician, arranger, and composer, will be visiting in Spring 2020.

Stewart Visiting Fellows in Religion

The Stewart Fellow for 2018-19 is Andrew Nicholson (Stony Brooks University).  Read more about the Stewart Fellow.

Ferris Professors of Journalism and McGraw Professors of Writing

We welcome proposals from journalists and writers who wish to teach seminars in journalism as visiting Ferris Professors of Journalism, or seminars in other kinds of nonfiction related to journalism as visiting McGraw Professors of Writing. Visiting professors will join our Ferris Professors of Journalism in Residence: Joe Stephens, who spent two decades as an investigative projects reporter for The Washington Post, and John McPhee, who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than 50 years

More information.

Postdoctoral Fellows

The Council supports several lecturers and postdoctoral fellows in Humanistic Studies, Digital Humanities, and Linguistics. The Council also supports fellows in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, which promotes innovative interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and teaching. Each year, a new cohort of recent recipients of the Ph.D. in the humanities and humanistically-oriented social sciences are appointed for three-year terms of teaching and research. Meeting regularly for informal and formal discussion, seminars, lectures, and reading groups, the fellows pursue new knowledge within and across disciplines. The Society enjoys the support of the Humanities Council, with whom it shares the Joseph Henry House, a historic building at the center of campus named after its designer, the eminent scientist and Princeton professor, Joseph Henry (1797-1878).

Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts


The Council supports several lecturers in Humanistic Studies, Digital Humanities, Linguistics, Religion, South Asian Studies/Sanskrit, and American Studies.

Noah Buccholz
Noah Buchholz is a Lecturer in the Humanities Council and the Program in Linguistics.

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