What Makes a Research University?

Susan Pedersen and Chad Wellmon

From the Spring 2023 Speaker Series: Reimagining the University. Other events in this series.

Susan Pedersen

Susan G. Pedersen is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History at Columbia University. She is the co-editor of the 2005 book Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century and the author of The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, which won the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature.

Chad Wellmon

Chad Wellmon is Professor of German Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the co-editor of the 2017 book The Rise of the Research University and the author of Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University.


Shahrzad Sabet

Shahrzad Sabet is Co-Director of the Center on Modernity in Transition (COMIT) and a Fellow at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. Her current book project, which spans a variety of disciplines, makes the case for a reimagined universalism that reconciles the oneness and the diversity of humankind.

Benjamin Schewel

Benjamin Schewel is Co-Director of the Center on Modernity in Transition (COMIT). He is author of Seven Ways of Looking at Religion (2017) and is currently working on a second book, Encountering the Axial Age, both from Yale University Press.

Spring 2023 Speaker Series

Reimagining the University

This series explores the historical foundations, contemporary patterns, and possible transformations of the modern research university. Co-sponsored by New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge and Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought.
Other events in this series