Senior Fellows

Selected for their excellence in both scholarship and teaching, the Elm Institute’s fellows serve as advisors and regularly teach in our summer seminars.


Thomas D’Andrea

University of Cambridge

Thomas D. D’Andrea is a Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Philosophy, Politics, and Religion (ISPPR). In 2001 he was a Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program of Princeton University, and he has lectured with the Politics Department at Princeton and in the Department of Moral Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. His research interests include moral and political thought (and its metaphysical foundations) in the Aristotelian tradition, and he is the author of Tradition, Rationality, and Virtue: the Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre (Ashgate, 2006) and articles and reviews in ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion.


Philip Gorski

Yale University

Philip S. Gorski is a comparative-historical sociologist with strong interests in theory and methods and in modern and early modern Europe. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state-formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development and secularization with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics. Other current interests include the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences and the nature and role of rationality in social life. Among his recent publications are The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Growth of State Power in Early Modern Europe (Chicago, 2003); Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion (Stanford, 2004); and “The Poverty of Deductivism: A Constructive Realist Model of Sociological Explanation,” Sociological Methodology, 2004. He received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley.


Harold James

Princeton University

Harold James, who holds a joint appointment as Professor of International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, studies economic and financial history and modern German history. He was educated at Cambridge University (Ph.D. in 1982) and was a Fellow of Peterhouse for eight years before coming to Princeton University in 1986. His books include a study of the interwar depression in Germany, The German Slump (1986); an analysis of the changing character of national identity in Germany, A German Identity 1770-1990 (1989) (both books are also available in German); andInternational Monetary Cooperation Since Bretton Woods (1996). He was also coauthor of a history of Deutsche Bank (1995), which won the Financial Times Global Business Book Award in 1996, and he wrote The Deutsche Bank and the Nazi Economic War Against the Jews (2001). His most recent works are The End of Globalization: Lessons from the Great Depression (2001), which is also available in Chinese, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish, and Europe Reborn: A History 1914-2000 (2003); The Roman Predicament: How the Rules of International Order Create the Politics of Empire (2006) and Family Capitalism: Wendels, Haniels and Falcks (2006; also available in German, Italian and Chinese). In 2004 he was awarded the Helmut Schmidt Prize for Economic History, and in 2005 the Ludwig Erhard Prize for writing about economics. He is also Marie Curie Visiting Professor at the European University Institute.


Steven Justice


Steven Justice is Chancellor’s Professor of English in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his BA in English from Yale College and his PhD from Princeton in 1985. He has taught at Berkeley since 1987. He is interested in the forms of thought that shape and differentiate cultural enterprises like literature, philosophy, and religious practice, and in the forms of self-reflection built into each of them. His book Adam Usk’s Secret appeared from the University of Pennsylvania Press in February 2015, and he is writing a book on medieval exegesis of the Song of Songs. Justice was a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, and a University of California President’s Research Fellow in the Humanities. In addition, he was Council of the Humanities Fellow at Princeton University and Humanities Research Fellow at U. C. Berkeley. In 1995 he received the MLA Prize for Best First Book.


Noël Valis


Noël Valis is Professor of Spanish at Yale University. Her research interests are centered on modern Spanish literature, culture, and history, with books on realist novelists, women writers, the Spanish Civil War, bad taste and class in modern Spain, and religion and literature. A Guggenheim and NEH Fellow, she is the author of twenty-four books, including The Culture of Cursilería: Bad Taste, Kitsch and Class in Modern Spain (Duke University Press), which won the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, The Decadent Vision in Leopoldo Alas (LSU Press), Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War (Modern Language Association; ed. vol.), Sacred Realism: Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative (Yale University Press), translations of works by Pedro Salinas, Sara Pujol Russell, Julia Uceda, and Noni Benegas (Burning Cartography [Host Publications], winner of the New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Book Translation Prize), a book of poetry, My House Remembers Me (Esquío), and a novella, The Labor of Longing (Main Street Rag Publishing), which was a Finalist for the Prize Americana for Prose.