The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Inducts Five Columbia Faculty

April 22, 2015

Five Columbia professors have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts in one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

David Albert, (CC ‘76), is the Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy. He specializes in the philosophy of physics, space and time, and science in general. He has written two books, Quantum Mechanics and Experience and Time and Chance and has published articles on quantum mechanics in journals such as the Physical Review. Besides teaching, he serves as the program director for the Philosophical Foundations of Physics M.A. Program.

Jane Ginsburg is Columbia Law School’s Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law. She has co-authored books on intellectual property including International Copyright and Neighbouring Rights: The Berne Convention and Beyond with Professor Sam Ricketson of Melbourne University. Ginsburg directs the Kernochan Center For Law, Media and the Arts. Her other specializations include comparative law, private international law and legal methods.

Philip Hamburger, a scholar of legal history and constitutional law, is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law. An expert on the First Amendment, he is the author of the book Separation of Church and State ( 2002), Law and Judicial Duty (2008) and Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (2014).

George E. Lewis,  a composer, musicologist, trombonist and computer installation artist, is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music. His work is on more than 140 recordings and has been presented by orchestras worldwide. Lewis won an American Book Award for his 2008 book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and Guggenheim Foundations and the National Endowment of the Arts, among many other honors.

Edward Mendelson is the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities and teaches comparative literature and English. A Columbia faculty member since 1981, he has written books on 19th and 20th Century American and British literature, including The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review.