Faculty Q&A

Professor James Shapiro Shakespeare Columbia University
James Shapiro is among the best known Shakespeare experts in the world. His latest book delves into the political, social and theatrical conditions that shaped the plays written under King James.

As chief of the Civil Rights Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s Office, Columbia Law School lecturer and alumna Kristen M. Clarke ’00 wields a host of state and federal laws to investigate and prosecute discrimination.

"Productively is the way to age," says Ruth Finkelstein, associate director of Columbia’s Robert N. Butler Aging Center. She discusses the center's interdisciplinary approach to studying aging and the implications of longer lifespans on society.
Lis Harris Columbia University Literary Lions
Associate Professor Lis Harris was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1970 to 1995. In addition to innumerable articles, reviews and commentaries, she is the author of Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family...
Arts at Columbia
Associate Professor Trey Ellis is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, an American Book Award-winning novelist and playwright. He has written screenplays for, among others, Columbia Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, HBO and Showtime.
Lynn Nottage Columbia University Literary Lions
Associate Professor Lynn Nottage is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE Award, Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Audelco, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics...
Phillip Lopate, Columbia University

Professor and director of the nonfiction concentration at the School of the Arts, Phillip Lopate has published essay collections, novellas, poetry, film and architectural criticism, along with other types of writing.

Sam Lipsyte Columbia University Literary Lions
Associate Professor Sam Lipsyte’s most recent book is The Fun Parts (2013). He is also the author of The Ask, which was named a New York Times notable book for 2010; Home Land, a 2005 New York Times notable book and winner of The Believer Book...
Arts at Columbia
Film Professor Jamal Joseph has written and directed for Black Starz, HBO, Fox TV, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. and A&E. His produced screenplays include Ali: An American Hero, New York Undercover, Knights of the South Bronx ...
Orphan Pamuk, Columbia University

Orhan Pamuk, the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor of the Humanities, is one of Turkey's most prominent novelists.

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