2023-2024 Seminars

A portrait of Stanley N. Katz

Stan Katz is a recently retired professor in the former Woodrow Wilson School, the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a teacher of history, law and public policy with special interests in the comparative study of constitutional democracy and the impact of philanthropy on American public policy. Professor Katz was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2011 by President Barack Obama.

A portrait of Matthew C. Weiner standing wearing a blue shirt.

Matthew C. Weiner, Ph.D. is an Associate Dean in the Office of Religious Life. He oversees many programs including the Religious Life Council, Hidden Chaplains, and Faith Based Internships. Dean Weiner is a senior advisor to Harvard Divinity School’s Insight into Mindfullness (opens in a new tab) training program for mental health professionals. He is also the Principal Investigator (with Stanley N. Katz) for the Religion and Forced Migration Initiative, funded in part by the Henry Luce Foundation. He leads Live Music Meditation and co-curates the Stairwell Gallery. Before coming to Princeton, he was the Program Director for the Interfaith Center of New York. He holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from Union Theological Seminary.

Noah Buchholz outside in the green grass in front of a white building
A portrait of Mark Glat

Mark Glat is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. In addition to teaching Educational Psychology, he has also taught Models of Psychotherapy and Controversies in Clinical Psychology. Most recently he has taught a Freshman Seminar entitled “Pandemic Pedagogy: School and Society in a Time of Trauma and Disruption.”

Dr. Glat holds doctorate degrees in both political science and psychology. He is a licensed professional psychologist and a Certified School Psychologist in the State of New Jersey. He was the first Clinical Director of The Beadleston School; a hospital based educational program for special needs students in Elizabeth, NJ. He has also been a consultant to the Carrier Clinic in Belle Meade, NJ.

He has served as Member and Chair of the New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners. Dr. Glat has published in both the fields of political science and psychology, and is the author of numerous scholarly reviews. He currently has a private practice in Princeton, NJ.

A portrait of Daniel M. Sigman.

Daniel Sigman, Ph.D., is the Dusenbury Professor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. He joined Princeton University in 1998 after receiving his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Joint Program in Oceanography. His research group develops techniques for making new measurements in the atmosphere, water, sediments, fossils, and rocks to identify the interactions of physical, chemical, and biological processes that have shaped, and been shaped by, Earth’s climate over time.

A portrait of Adele Goldberg standing by a wooden wall

Adele Goldberg, Ph.D., has been a professor at Princeton University since 2004, initially in the linguistics program and currently in the Psychology Department. Her work on language learning focuses on the role of semantic, social, and statistical factors; her lab aims to explain our creative but constrained use of language in adults and children, L1 and L2, and neurotypical and atypical populations. She has published three books and over a hundred journal articles on topics related to word meaning, language change, metaphor processing and emotion, and the various functions of grammatical constructions. Professor Goldberg is a fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, the Linguistic Society of America, and the Humboldt Foundation.

Portrait of Nathaniel Otjen outside.

Nate Otjen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Environmental Teaching Fellow in the High Meadows Environmental Institute. He is also a member of the Blue Lab, a public-facing environmental storytelling group at Princeton, where he co-directs an audio documentary project that examines the impacts of lithium extraction. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy from the University of Oregon.

A portrait of Isadora Moura Mota outside by some ivy leaves.

Isadora Moura Mota is an Assistant Professor and Harold Willis Dodds Preceptor at the History Department at Princeton. She is a historian of slavery in Brazil and the Atlantic world whose research focuses on black activism, abolitionism, and literacy. At Princeton, she teaches courses on modern Brazilian history and the African diaspora to Latin America.

A portrait of Udi Ofer

Udi Ofer is the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor and Lecturer in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is the founding Director of the Policy Advocacy Clinic at Princeton University and teaches courses on civil rights, policing, criminal justice reform and public policy. Prior to joining Princeton University, Ofer worked for 20 years as an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he led the organization’s criminal justice reform advocacy, including before the White House and Congress. Ofer has published widely in leading law journals and his commentary appears regularly in major news outlets.

A portrait of Brooke Boertzel by a beige wall.

Brooke Boertzel’s professional passion involves utilizing theater as an educational tool for exploring social, emotional, and academic content. Brooke holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University and an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU. She’s served on panels and as a guest lecturer at NYU, Hunter College, Baruch College, Teachers College at Columbia University, City College of New York, Brooklyn College, Rutgers, and Princeton University, covering such topics as arts integration, assessment, and evaluation, applied theatre, curricula design, and developing theatre and curricula with and for special populations, including English Language Learners and students with disabilities. Before working at McCarter, Brooke served for 11 years as the Director of Education at New York City Children’s Theater, previously named Making Books Sing. Utilizing her expertise in arts integrative learning, she co-created Alice’s Story and Fair and Square, two nationally recognized interactive anti-bullying applied theater programs featured on the cover of Time Magazine for Kids in 2012. Brooke served on the Board of Directors for the New York City Arts and Education Roundtable from 2013-2018, where she advocated for quality arts programming for NYC public schools while also acting as the Chair of their Membership Committee.

A portrait of Anirudha Majumdar

Anirudha Majumdar is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at Princeton University. He also holds a part-time visiting research scientist position at Google DeepMind in Princeton. Majumdar received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University from 2016 to 2017 at the Autonomous Systems Lab in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department. He is a recipient of the Sloan Fellowship, ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) award, the NSF CAREER award, the Google Faculty Research Award (twice), the Amazon
Research Award (twice), the Young Faculty Researcher Award from the Toyota Research Institute, the Paper of the Year Award from the International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR), the Best Conference Paper Award at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the Alfred Rheinstein Faculty Award (Princeton), and the Excellence in Teaching Award (Princeton SEAS).

A portrait of Karthik Narasimhan

Karthik Narasimhan is an assistant professor in the Computer Science department at Princeton University. His research spans the areas of natural language processing and reinforcement learning, with the goal of building intelligent agents that learn to operate in the world through both their own experience and reading existing human knowledge. Karthik received his PhD from MIT in 2017, and spent a year as a visiting research scientist at OpenAI prior to joining Princeton in 2018. His research work has received multiple paper awards at top NLP conferences (EMNLP 2015, 2016) and he regularly teaches COS 484: Introduction to NLP at Princeton.