affiliated faculty

Please note that this list is updated as new faculty are affiliated and is more current than the General Catalog listing.

Film and Media Studies

Research interests include: Film historiography; documentary film; feminism and film theory; trauma and memory; the social ecology of media; film and ethnography, the Western. Publications include:  Couching Resistance: Women, Film, and Psychoanalytic Psychiatry (1993); Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust (2005). She co-edited Feminism and Documentary with Diane Waldman  (1999), and Documentary Testimonies Global Archives of Suffering (2009) with Bhaskar Sarkar.


Eighteenth-century literature, the novel, media history and theory, technology and literature, digital media. Protocols of Liberty: Communication Innovation and the American Revolution (2013); This is Enlightenment. Ed. & Intro with Clifford Siskin (2010); Licensing Entertainment: The Elevation of Novel Reading in Britain, 1684-1750 (1998); Chance and the Text of Experience: Freud, Nietzsche, and Shakespeare's Hamlet (1986); Reading Clarissa: The Struggles of Interpretation (1979).

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Prof. Weber's scholarly interests include French philosophy and theory; psychoanalysis and trauma-studies; German Judaism of the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries; nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature. Among her recent publications are Speaking about Torture, co-edited with Julie Carlson (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012), and the edited collection Living Together. Jacques Derrida's Communities of Violence and Peace (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012). Her latest book Kill Boxes: Facing the legacy of US-Sponsored Torture, Indefinite Detention, and Drone Warfare was published by punctum books in 2017, with an afterword by Richard Falk.

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Prof. Weld’s research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Slavic literature, comparative literature, and Scandinavian literature; avant-garde literature, art, and theory; word and image; transnational translation and exile; literatures of the north; modernist representations of childhood consciousness; childhood, children’s literature, and picturebooks. She is the author of Voiceless Vanguard: The Infantilist Aesthetic of the Russian Avant-Garde (fNorthwestern UP,  2014) and numerous articles on nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian prose and poetry, in Russia and in the emigration. She is currently at work on a book entitled Rare Books by Remarkable Russians that examines rare picturebooks by prominent Russian writers, artists, and other intellectuals from a word and image perspective.

Religious Studies

David Gordon White is the J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative  Religion in the Department of Religious Studies. A specialist of the  medieval religions of South Asia, he has combined literary (Sanskrit,  Hindi, medieval north Indian vernaculars), art historical, and ethnographic research to generate histories of Indian alchemy, yoga, and Tantra. He has also written and taught extensively on comparative themes, including religious approaches to death, creation myths, and  mythologies of monstrous races. Recent books include: Sinister Yogis (2009); and Kiss of the Yogini: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts ( 2003).