School of the Arts Full-Time Faculty

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.
Richard Ford
Professor - Richard Ford’s novel Independence Day (1995) was the first book to receive both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The book was the second in his critically acclaimed Bascombe Trilogy, which began with The Sportswriter in 1986.
Jane Gaines
Professor - Jane Gaines is the award-winning author of two books: Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice and the Law and Fire and Desire: Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era, both of which received the Katherine Singer Kovacs prize from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Bette Gordon
Professor - A pioneer in American Independent Cinema, Bette Gordon is known for her bold explorations of themes related to sexuality, violence and power. Her films have been screened theatrically in the US and abroad, as well as in all the major film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance.
Andrea Haring
Lecturer - A director, actress and voice teacher, Andrea Haring is the associate director of The Linklater Center for Voice and Language and the coordinator for Linklater Teacher Training. Haring is currently on faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and Fordham University. She previously taught at Yale School of Drama, The New Actor's Workshop, New York University Tisch Undergraduate Drama, and Dartmouth College.
Lis Harris
Associate Professor - Lis Harris received a B.A. from Bennington College and was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1970 to 1995. In addition to innumerable articles, reviews and commentaries, she is the author of Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family, Rules of Engagement: Four American Marriages, and Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty dealings and the Corporate Squeeze. A two-time Woodrow Wilson Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship recipient, she was awarded grants in 1998 from the J.M.
Richard Howard
Professor Emeritus - Richard Howard was born in 1929 in Cleveland, received a B.A. from Columbia in 1951 and did graduate work at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. He is the author of fourteen books of poetry, including Untitled Subjects (1969), Trappings (1999), and Talking Cures (2002), as well as the critical study Alone with America and the critical prefaces of the anthology Preferences.
David Henry Hwang
Associate Professor - David Henry Hwang's work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Golden Child, Yellow Face, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, who has worked with composers Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Bright Sheng, Unsuk Chin, Huang Ruo, and Howard Shore.
Annette Insdorf
Professor - Annette Insdorf is an internationally renowned educator, and author of Francois Truffaut, Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust, Philip Kaufman and Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski. Each of her books has become the definitive text on its subject, and the measure for other studies that follow.   She is a Professor in the Gradu
Assistant Professor - Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award.
Professor - Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek; her reviews and essays have appeared in New York Magazine, Grand Street, Vogue, Harper's and many other publications. Her book, On Michael Jackson, was published in 2006. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation /Theater Communications Group grant.
Jamal Joseph
Professor of Professional Practice - Jamal Joseph has written and directed for Black Starz, HBO, Fox TV, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., and A&E. His produced screenplays include Ali: An American Hero (Fox), New York Undercover (Fox), Knights of the South Bronx (A&E), and The Many Trials of Tammy B. (Nickelodeon). He wrote and directed Drive By: A Love Story, Da Zone, and the docudrama Hughes Dreams Harlem for  Starz.
Heidi Julavits
Associate Professor - Heidi Julavits is the editor, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, of Women in Clothes (Blue Rider 2014). Her most recent novel is The Vanishers. She is also the author of The Uses of Enchantment and The Effect of Living Backwards, both New York Times Notable Books, and The Mineral Palace, a finalist for the Young Lions Literary Award.
Tom Kalin
Professor - Tom Kalin’s critically acclaimed work traverses diverse forms and genres including narrative features, mixed media installations and short experimental films. His first feature, Swoon, was awarded the Caligari Prize in Berlin and named one of the top 100 American Independent films by the British Film Institute. Savage Grace, starring Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, premiered in Cannes, opened Zurich and screened at Sundance, London and Tribeca among many others.
Jon Kessler
Professor - Jon Kessler received a B.F.A. from SUNY at Purchase and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has exhibited his work widely in Europe, Japan, and the United States. He has sculptures in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He has received several NEA grants, the St.
Rob King
Associate Professor - Rob King is a film historian with interests in American cinema, popular culture, and social history. Much of his work has been on comedy. His award-winning book, The Fun Factory: The Keystone Film Company and the Emergence of Mass Culture (University of California Press, 2009), examined the role Keystone’s filmmakers played in developing new styles of slapstick comedy for moviegoers of the 1910s.
Binnie Kirshenbaum
Professor, Fiction Director - Binnie Kirshenbaum received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is the author of the story collection History on a Personal Note and six novels, On Mermaid Avenue, A Disturbance in One Place, Pure Poetry, Hester Among The Ruins, An Almost Perfect Moment and The Scenic Route.
David Klass
Assistant Professor - David Klass is a screenwriter and novelist. David has written feature scripts for all the major studios, including: Kiss the Girls starring Morgan Freeman, Desperate Measures starring Michael Keaton, Walking Tall starring The Rock, In the Time of the Butterflies starring Salma Hayak, and most recently in 2012 Emperor starring Tommy Lee Jones.
Brian Kulick
Professor - Brian Kulick is in his tenth year as the Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company. Recent productions that he has directed include:  Brecht's Galileo with F. Murray Abraham, Shakespeare's The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, Ostrovsky's The Forest with Dianne Wiest, and Shakespeare's Hamlet and Richard III with Michael Cumpsty. He commissioned and co-directed poet Anne Carson's award winning trilogy An Oresteia.
Dorothea Lasky
Assistant Professor - Dorothea “Dottie” Lasky is the author of ROME, as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all out from Wave Books.  She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Press, 2010), The Blue Teratorn (YesYes Books, 2012), and Matter: A Picturebook (Argos Books, 2012).  Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and B
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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.