Steering Committee

Steering Committee
  • Rishi K. Goyal

    Director, Medicine, Literature and Society Major, Columbia University

    Rishi K. Goyal is Director of the Medicine, Literature and Society major in the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, and an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department of Columbia University’s Medical Center. Dr. Goyal’s research, writing and teaching focuses on the reciprocal transformation that results when new ideas about health, disease and the body find forms of expression in fiction and memoirs. His most recent work explores the political, aesthetic, and social dimensions of the representation of physical trauma in literature. His writing has appeared in The Living Handbook of Narratology, Aktuel Forskning, Litteratur, Kultur og Medier, and The Los Angeles Review of Books among other places.

  • Brian Hurwitz

    Director, Centre for Humanities and Health, Kings College London

    Brian Hurwitz is D’Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts in the Department of English. He is a medical practitioner affiliated to the Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London, directs the Centre for the Humanities and Health and is a member of the Steering Advisory Board of the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s.

  • Deborah Jenson

    Director, Health Humanities Lab, Duke University

    Deborah Jenson co-directs the Duke Haiti Humanities Lab (with Laurent Dubois), focusing her work on the history of cholera in Haiti and the Caribbean, and mental health issues among survivors of the Haiti earthquake. Her other research areas focus on traumatic stress, cognition and culture and the ethnic identities of African slaves in 18th century Saint-Dominique. She also serves as a Co-Convener of the DIBS/FHI Neurohumanities Research Group. In the summer, she directs Duke in Paris. Her most recent books are a literary history of the Haitian Revolution, called "Beyond the Slave Narrative" (2011, paperback Feb. 2012) and a volume on the global legacies of psychoanalysis: "Unconscious Dominions" (with Anderson and Keller, 2011). Earlier work includes "Trauma and Its Representations," "Sarah (A Colonial Novella" (with Kadish) and "The Haiti Issue" of Yale French Studies. She is writing a book of essays, "Mimesis from Marx to Mirror Neurons." Current collaborative book projects include a biography of Dessalines, a volume of the letters of Toussaint Louverture, and an edition of an 18th century Creole opera.

  • Maheshvari Naidu

    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of KwaZulu-Natal

    Maheshvari Naidu is an NRF-rated scientist and senior lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a feminist anthropologist and her recent research focus is women’s health issues, within and against her landscape of work in feminist anthropologies and female body construction. Maheshvari has presented papers at several international conferences and delivered keynote addresses and research seminars locally, as well as internationally (Turkey, Malaysia and Mauritius). She is widely published, both in regional and international journals and has acted as Guest Editor for national and international journals. She has been in the Top 30 Researcher rankings of UKZN thrice. In 2013 she was one of the National Winners of the Department of Science and Technology ‘Women in Science’ Award for research excellence. In 2014 Maheshvari was announced the Top Published Female Researcher at UKZN and featured third overall in the UKZN Top 30 rankings. She is a recipient of an African Gender Institute Grant and part of a collaborative project with the University of Cape Town. The project, funded by the Ford Foundation, is inter-institutional across Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique, focusing on issues of sexual health and rights.

  • Kathryn Rhine

    Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology, University of Kansas

    Kathryn A. Rhine is a medical anthropologist and associate professor at the University of Kansas. She is editor (with John M. Janzen, Glenn Adams and Heather Aldersey) of Medical Anthropology in Global Africa and her work has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, Africa Today, and Ethnos.

  • Eileen Gillooly

    Executive Director, Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University

    Eileen Gillooly, PhD, is Executive Director of the Heyman Center, and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University. She is the author of Smile of Discontent: Humor, Gender, and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (1999) and co-edited the volumes Victorian Prism: Refractions of the Crystal Palace (2007) and Contemporary Dickens (2009).

  • John McGowan

    John W. and Anna H. Hanes Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina

    John McGowan, PhD, is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of Graduate Studies as well as the Institute of Arts and Humanities at UNC Chapel Hill. His work and writings combine philosophy, political theory, and cultural criticism. He has won numerous awards for teaching and is the author/editor of numerous books including Democracy's Children: Intellectuals and the Rise of Cultural Politics (2002) and American Liberalism: An Interpretation for Our Time (2007).