Fellows

The Hannah Arendt Center hosts post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, senior fellows, and doctoral fellows who together form a vibrant and engaged intellectual community at Bard College. Fellows teach one course per semester while pursuing their research. Our current fellows are listed below.

Fellows

Senior Fellow

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    Wyatt Mason is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine. His work also appears in The New York Review of Books, GQ, The London Review of Books and The New Yorker. Modern Library publishes his translations of the complete works of Arthur Rimbaud, Rimbaud Complete and I Promise to be Good. A 2003-2004 fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, he received the 2005 Nona Balakian Citation from the National Book Critics Circle and, in 2006, a National Magazine Award. He has served as a consulting editor at large for the Margellos World Republic of Letters of Yale University Press, an imprint devoted to world literature in translation, and has taught non-fiction writing in the MFA program of Bennington College. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Hannah Arendt Center in 2010.

Visiting Senior Fellow

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    Wilmot James is a noted South African academic-turned-politician who currently is an MP for the Democratic Alliance (DA). He serves as the country’s Shadow Minister of Basic Education and is the Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance. James is an Honorary Professor of Sociology (University of Pretoria) and in the Division of Human Genetics (University of Cape Town). He is chairperson of the board of the Africa Genome Education Institute. James has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1982) and a B.A. cum laude from the University of the Western Cape (1977). He has held visiting positions at Yale University, Indiana University, American Bar Foundation (Chicago), the California Institute of Technology, and Edinburgh University. And he has served as chairperson of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Immigration Advisory Board of South Africa. He is also a former trustee of the New York–based Ford Foundation.

Research Associate

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    Thomas Wild  a premiere Hannah Arendt scholar, is an Assistant Professor of German at Bard College. Dr. Wild studied German literature and culture as well as political science in Berlin, and Munich, where he received his Ph.D. He has taught at institutions of higher learning in Germany, at Vanderbilt University, and at Oberlin College. Expand >

Klemens von Klemperer Doctoral Fellow

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    Angela Maione  holds a Ph.D. in Political Science/Political Theory from Northwestern University. Her research draws on resources from the history of political thought in order to answer, unsettle and deepen debates in democratic theory. She explores questions raised by liberalism, human rights, and language politics. Expand >

Post Doctoral Fellows

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    Michiel Bot  studied Law, Philosophy, and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam, and completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at New York University. His research and teaching interests include critical theory, political theory, law, literature, rhetoric, and postcolonial theory. Expand >

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    Charles Snyder studied philosophy at the New School for Social Research (PhD, 2014). His current writing addresses the relation between philosophy and political life in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, with particular interest in the philosophical schools of the Hellenistic period. Expand >

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    Alexander Soros Alexander Soros is a doctoral candidate in the history department of the University of California at Berkeley. In 2012, he established the Alexander Soros Foundation, which supports human rights, social justice, and educational causes. Expand >

Associate Fellows

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    Aliza Becker  has worked for three decades managing non-profit organizations related to peace and immigration education and activism. She is also an experienced educator and writer. She served as Executive Director of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom  Expand >

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    Jeffrey Champlin  received his BA from Middlebury College and Ph. D. from New York University. His teaching and research focuses on  connections between literature, philosophy, and political theory. Recent publications examine questions of power and aesthetics in Kleist, Goethe, Hegel, Rilke, and Arendt. Expand >

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    Jennifer M. Hudson  holds a PhD in political science (political theory) from Columbia University.  Her dissertation, “Bureaucratic Mentality: The Technocratization of Democratic Theory” addresses affinities and tensions between bureaucracy and democracy. She critically engages with a current trend within democratic theory Expand >

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    Jeffrey Jurgens  received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is Fellow for Anthropology and Social Theory at the Bard Prison Initiative as well as Academic Co-Director of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison. Expand >

Student Fellowships

  • Student Fellowships for Bard scholars working in philosophy, theology, and psychology are offered through the Courage To Be Program at the Hannah Arendt Center. The call for applications is sent annually in August/September. We love hearing from students who are interested in being part of the Hannah Arendt Center. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to learn more about fellowships, or, if you would like to become a HAC student volunteer, email: cstanton@bard.edu

Visiting Scholars

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    Ari-Elmeri Hyvonen  is a PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He received his Master of Social Sciences from the University of Tampere, Finland (2012). From 2012-2014, he worked as a visiting researcher at Tampere Peace Research Institute. His current research focuses on the worldly and temporal aspects of Arendt's thought as well as its relevance in the contemporary context-both political and theoretical. Expand >

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    John Douglas Macready is a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct instructor in philosophy at the University of Dallas where he is writing his dissertation on the problem and meaning of human dignity in Hannah Arendt's political philosophy. Expand >

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    Shmuel Lederman holds a Ph.D from the University of Haifa in Israel. His research interests include Hannah Arendt's political thought; democratic theory; genocide; and the Israeli-Arab conflict.  Expand >

Program Support

  • The Fellowship Program  at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities is supported with funding provided by the The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).