School of the Arts Full-Time Faculty

Gregory Amenoff
Professor - Gregory Amenoff (b. 1948) is a painter who lives in New York City and Ulster County, New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and Tiffany Foundation. He has had over fifty one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
Donald Antrim
Associate Professor - Donald Antrim published The Emerald Light in the Air in September 2014. He is the author of the novels, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist, as well as a memoir, The Afterlife. He contributes fiction and nonfiction to The New Yorker, and his work has appeared in The Paris Review and Harper's.
Arnold Aronson
Professor - Arnold Aronson is a theatre historian and has taught at Columbia since 1991.
Ramin Bahrani
Assistant Professor - Writer/director Ramin Bahrani’s films have screened at the Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. Bahrani has won numerous awards including the FIPRESCI critic’s prize for best film in Venice (Goodbye Solo, 2009) and a Guggenheim Fellowship among many others. He has been the subject of retrospectives in venues such as the MoMA in NYC.
Nico Baumbach
Assistant Professor - Nico Baumbach holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. His research and teaching focus on critical theory, film theory, documentary, and the intersection of aesthetic and political philosophy. He is currently working on two books: a study of cinema and politics in the work of contemporary Continental philosophers Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj Zizek; and a monograph titled The Anonymous Image.
Susan Bernofsky
Associate Professor, LTAC Director - Susan Bernofsky’s literary translations include seven works of fiction by the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, as well as novels and poetry by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Gregor von Rezzori, Uljana Wolf and others. She chairs the PEN Translation Committee and is co-editor (with Esther Allen) of the 2013 Columbia University Press anthology In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means.
Associate Professor - Andy Bienen received a BA from New York University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. He cowrote Boys Don't Cry with Kimberly Peirce ('96SOA), director of the film.
Sanford Biggers
Assistant Professor - Sanford is an installation, video, and performance artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Studio Museum Harlem. He has participated in several national and international artist residencies, and has been a fellow in programs including the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, and the P.S.1 International Studio Program.
Anne Bogart
Professor, Head of Directing Concentration - Bogart is the Co-Artistic Director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is the recipient of a Doris Duke Artist Grant, a USA Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Lucie Brock-Broido
Professor, Poetry Director - Lucie Brock-Broido received her BA and her MA from Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA from Columbia University. Her most recent book Stay, Illusion, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry, and is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her previous collections of poetry include Trouble in Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), recipient of the Massachusetts Book Award; The Master Letters (1995); and A Hunger (1988).
Hilary Brougher
Assistant Professor - Hilary Brougher's most recent film Innocence completed principal photography in the Summer 2012. The film was produced by Killer Films and adapted from Jane Mendelsohn's novel of the same title. It features Kelly Reilly, Linus Roache and Sophie Curtis; and was produced by Killer Films. Her 2007 feature Stephanie Daley starred Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn. The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival where Hilary won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.
Matthew Buckingham
Associate Professor - Matthew Buckingham has presented solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Camden Arts Centre, London; Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Dallas Museum of Art; Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; the Kitchen, New York; Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna and the St. Louis Art Museum among others.
Steven Chaikelson
Professor - Steven Chaikelson began teaching at Columbia in 1998 and, since 2002, has been serving as the Director of the Theatre Management and Producing Concentration. In addition to his responsibilities in the School of the Arts, he is on the faculty and teaches both at Columbia Law School and in the Barnard/Columbia College Theatre Department. He also serves as an advisor to the T. Fellowship for Creative Producers, founded by Harold Prince.
Nicholas Christopher
Professor - Nicholas Christopher received his B.A. from Harvard College.
Stacey D'Erasmo
Assistant Professor - Stacey D'Erasmo holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.A. from New York University in English and American Literature. She was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University from 1995-1997.
Ira Deutchman
Professor and Chair - Ira Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films since 1975, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He was one of the founders of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features—two companies that were created from scratch and in their respective times, helped define the independent film business.  
Katherine Dieckmann
Associate Professor - Writer-director Katherine Dieckmann’s next feature film will be Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter. Known for her lyrical, character-driven work, her previous feature films include A Good Baby (2000), which was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting and Directing labs, Diggers (2006) andMotherhood (2009).
Timothy Donnelly
Associate Professor - Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2011), for which he won the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
Deborah Eisenberg (c) Diana Michener
Professor - Deborah Eisenberg is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of numerous honors including the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Eisenberg has published four collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency (1986), Under the 82nd Airborne (1992), All Around Atlantis (1997), and Twilight of the Superheroes (2006).
Trey Ellis
Associate Professor - Associate Professor Trey Ellis is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, an American Book Award Winning novelist, and playwright. He has written screenplays for, among others, Columbia Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, HBO and Showtime. Along with the Emmy nomination, his HBO film, The Tuskegee Airmen, also went on to win a Peabody Award and several NAACP Image Awards.
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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.