MemberJesse Izzo


I am a medievalist and historian, though my interests range further afield to other fields and disciplines. My work focuses on the Mediterranean World of the Middle Ages, the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, and the Crusades. In my career I have been a 7th and 8th-grade English Teacher, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, a Visiting Researcher at the Hebrew University (2012-2013), and a Visiting Fellow with the Committee on Medieval Studies at Harvard University (Spring 2017).

MemberMichael Saman


My research focuses on German literary and intellectual history of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and on intersections of German and Africana intellectual culture.
My current work in progress includes a book manuscript on classical German thought in W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk; studies of the reception of Kant in Goethe’s late literary and scientific work; a study of intertextuality and systemic closure in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit; a comparative methodological study of the thought of Goethe and of Lévi-Strauss; and a contextualization of the work of Kraftwerk within postwar German politics and aesthetics.
I have been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Foundation, and have taught at Princeton University, UCLA, Brown University, the College of William & Mary, and the College of the Holy Cross.