People 2020

Founding Director


Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research. She taught at the University of Michigan from 1989-2003 and has been at the New School for Social Research since 2004, where she was the founding chair of its revitalized Anthropology Department. She has worked for some thirty years on the politics of knowledge, colonial governance, racial epistemologies, the sexual politics of empire, and ethnography of the archives. She has been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études, the École Normale Supérieure and Paris 8, Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory, Birzeit University in Ramallah,  the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, Irvine’s School of Arts and Literature, and the Bard Prison Initiative. She is the recipient of NEH, Guggenheim, NSF, SSRC, and Fulbright awards, among others. Recent interviews with her are available at ItinerarioSavage MindsLe Monde, and Public Culture, as well as Pacifica Radio and here. Her books include Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra’s Plantation Belt, 1870–1979 (1985; 1995) Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995), Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (2002, 2010), Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (2009) and the edited volumes Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World (with Frederick Cooper, 1997), Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History (2006), Imperial Formations (with Carole McGranahan and Peter Perdue, 2007) and Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (2013), and Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times (2016). Her commitment to joining conceptual and historical research has lead to collaborative work with historians, literary scholars and philosophers, and most recently in the creation of the journal Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon, of which she is one of the founding editors.


Charles A. McDonald is the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University, where he is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally titled, Return to Sepharad: Jews, Spain, and Europe's Moral Order. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Wenner-Gren Foundation, Center for Jewish History, American Academy for Jewish Research, and the Posen Foundation. He has held visiting research positions at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His broader interests include the anthropology of race and religion; citizenship and mobility; kinship and inheritance; conversion, subjectivity, and ethics; liberalism and multiculturalism; Jews/Judaism; empire/colonialism; historical anthropology; queer studies; and experimental ethnography; Spain; Europe; the U.S.; and the Caribbean. He has been the Managing Director of ICSI since 2015.


program assistant


Jennifer Roy is a doctoral student in anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Her research interests include human health and climate change; toxicity and environmental degradation; human relationships with nature and insects; adaptation; plasticity; epidemic preparedness strategies; Zika and other arboviruses; and interventions aimed at reducing transmission of mosquito-borne viruses in Brazil.



2020 Faculty

Noam Chomsky is Laureate Professor at the University of Arizona and Institute Professor (emeritus) at MIT, where he taught from 1955. He is the author of many books and articles on linguistics, cognitive science, philosophy, intellectual history, and a wide range of social and political issues. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and numerous other professional societies in the US and abroad. He is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees here and around the world. He has been active in peace and social justice movements for 60 years. In 2020, Professor Chomsky will be leading the seminar, TEETERING ON THE BRINK: WILL CIVILIZATION LONG SURVIVE?

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired until 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government. In 2020, Professor Sassen will be leading the seminar, EXPULSIONS: THE RISE OF EXTRACTIVE LOGICS IN OUR ECONOMIES AND SOCIETIES.

Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2010 he founded the research agency Forensic Architecture and directs it ever since. The work of the agency is documented in the exhibition and book Forensis (2014), as well as in Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability (2017) and in numerous exhibitions world-wide. In 2007 he set up, with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. This work is documented in the book Architecture after Revolution (2014). In 2013 he designed a permanent folly in Gwangju, South Korea which was documented in the book The Roundabout Revolution (2015). His other books include The Conflict Shoreline (2015), Mengele’s Skull (2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (2011), Hollow Land (2007), and A Civilian Occupation (2003). Weizman is on the editorial boards of Third Text, Humanity, Cabinet, and Political Concepts. He is on the board of directors of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) and on the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. He previously sat on the advisory boards of the ICA in London and B’Tselem in Jerusalem, amongst others. He graduated in architecture in 1998 from the Architectural Association in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium/Birkbeck College in 2006. In 2020, Professor Weizman will be leading the seminar, FORENSIS.


2020 Fellows



Weizman Seminar - FORENSIS

To see profiles of Faculty and Fellows from previous years, please see the people pages from 2015, 20162017, 2018, and 2019.