Apr 25, 2023
Charles Gelman earned his PhD from the Department of Comparative Literature at NYU in 2019 with a concentration in modern European intellectual history and earned an advanced certificate from NYU’s Program in Poetics and Theory. His research and teaching interests are primarily modern European intellectual history, the history of philosophy, political and social theory, and psychoanalysis.
Cyd Cipolla is a scholar in women's, gender, and sexuality studies whose research and teaching interests focus on intersectional feminist theory and science and technology studies. She joined Gallatin in 2013 after receiving her PhD from Emory University. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, the Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics and Women’s Studies, an Interdisciplinary Journal. Cipolla is interested in experimental pedagogy, journeys in queer science, and fostering ever-more-curious interactions between human and non-human machines.
Ben Ratliff has written about pop, jazz, traditional and experimental music for publications including Granta, Slate, Artforum, Wire, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, and The New York Times, where he worked as a music critic for twenty years. His subjects are popular music, listening, journalism, creative nonfiction, and the practice and history of cultural criticism. He has taught criticism and nonfiction writing at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and the Columbia University School of the Arts. He is the author of four books: Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016); The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (St. Martin's/Griffin, 2009); Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (Picador, 2007, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in Criticism); and Jazz: A Critic’s Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (Times Books, 2002). Ratliff garnered a 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Album Notes for his essay “The 1960 Time Sessions” for the Sonny Clark Trio.
Bill Caspary holds BS and MS degrees in physics and a PhD in political science. His activism in the peace movement during the 1960s led him to change his academic focus from physics to political science but his physics background led to an ongoing interest in philosophy of science and philosophy of social science. Prior to coming to Gallatin, he taught political theory for 30 years at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his teaching and political action, Caspary has worked as an educational consultant, ombudsman, and mediator. His recent scholarship focused on the pragmatist tradition in American thought, especially the democratic and ethical theories of John Dewey. He is the author of Dewey on Democracy (Cornell University Press, 2000) and numerous articles in scholarly journals. His current scholarly work is on the history of ethical philosophy, with an emphasis on the ethics of dissent. In 2002, he was honored by the American Political Science Association with a Distinguished Career Award.