Four New Members Inducted into the Academy

The Academy at Johns Hopkins welcomes into its ranks four new faculty members from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. An institute for advanced study, the Academy enables retired professors to pursue research opportunities, conduct and attend academic seminars, and explore other opportunities for continued scholarship. Representing fields ranging from experimental high energy physics to economic theory to social anthropology, these newly retired faculty will join 18 colleagues to bring the number of Academy members to 22.

Michael Fried is a poet, art historian, art critic, and literary critic. He came to Hopkins in 1975. Fried has held appointments in the Department of the History of Art and in the Humanities Center, where he was director from 1982 to 1992 and from 1999 to 2005. He was named J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities in 1986. Fried’s broad areas of interest include modern art, literature, criticism, theory, and Italian painting in the age of Caravaggio. He has long been engaged by problems of modernism, abstraction, realism, theatricality, objecthood, self-portraiture, embodiedness, and the everyday. He is currently writing two books, After Caravaggio, on various Italian painters working between 1610 and 1630, and Almayer’s Face: Studies in Literary Impressionism, on a number of British and American writers between 1890 and 1914. A new collection of poems, Promesse du Bonheur, awaits publication.

John Irwin first came to Johns Hopkins in 1970, only to leave in 1974 to edit The Georgia Review, based at the University of Georgia. Irwin returned to Hopkins in 1977 to chair the Writing Seminars. At the time of his retirement, he was the Decker Professor in the Humanities and held appointments in both Writing Seminars and the Department of English. Irwin is the author of several works of literary criticism, most recently F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Fiction: An Almost Theatrical Innocence. Writing as John Bricuth, Irwin is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Heisenberg Variations, Just Let Me Say This About That, and As Long As It’s Big. He has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, Irwin revived The Hopkins Review, a literary magazine which is a partnership between the Writing Seminars and Johns Hopkins University Press.

Political Science professor Margaret Keck is an expert in comparative politics, Latin American politics, and environmental politics. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles and four prize-winning books, including Practical Authority: Agency and Institutional Change in Brazilian Water Politics, with Rebecca Abers; Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society, with Kathryn Hochstetler; Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics, with Kathryn Sikkink; and The Workers’ Party and Democratization in Brazil. She has been conducting research in Brazil since 1982.

Meredith Williams joined the Department of Philosophy in 2000 after holding faculty positions at Wesleyan University (Connecticut) and Northwestern University. Her areas of research are the later Wittgenstein and philosophy of mind and psychology. She also has an interest in the history of experimental psychology, especially the shift from the behaviorist paradigm to that of contemporary cognitive science. In 2010, she published Blind Obedience, a book-length study of Wittgenstein’s positive views concerning the problem of normativity and the social dimension of language and mind.