People

Co-Director

David Marshall is an intellectual historian focusing on the period since about 1500.  Early in his career, his research was concentrated on texts and contexts around the Italian thinker Giambattista Vico, and that research produced Vico and the Transformation of Rhetoric in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2010).  Following that book, he pivoted to twentieth-century German materials, and he recently finished a second book, The Weimar Origins of Rhetorical Theory (Chicago, forthcoming).  Trained as a historian, Marshall migrated disciplines twice, first as an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Kettering University between 2006 and 2013 and then as a historian and theorist of rhetoric in the Department of Communication at Pitt since 2013.  He is committed to working in a number of different disciplinary traditions, and his next research project focuses on a tradition of inquiry running through the art historian and art theorist Aby Warburg, a tradition that stretches from early modern artifacts to contemporary computational domains.
 
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Co-Director

Carla Nappi is a historical pataphysician whose research tends to focus on Chinese and Manchu texts in early modernity, and who holds the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in History at Pitt. From undergraduate training in paleobiology, Nappi pursued an M.A. in History of Science and then a Ph.D. in Chinese history. Her first book, The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and its Transformations in Early Modern China (Harvard, 2009), looked at problems of evidence and belief in Chinese natural history. Her two most recent books – Metagestures (w/ Dominic Pettman, Punctum 2019) and Uninvited (w/ Carrie Jenkins, McGill-Queens University Press, 2020) – reflect a growing emphasis on collaborative work and on integrating short fiction and poetry into her practice. Her forthcoming book, Illegible Cities: Translating Early Modern China (Oxford, forthcoming) blends fiction and history in a study of translation in China between the 14th and 19th centuries. Her current work is preoccupied with insomniac temporality; with the relationship between DJ’ing, history, and translation; and with housekeeping as a magical practice.  
 
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Steering Committee

Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES)
 
Paula Kane
Professor of Religious Studies
Professor of English
 
Professor of Africana Studies 
 
Jennifer Whiting
Professor of Philosophy