Core Faculty

Ousseina Alidou

B.A., Université Abdou Moumouni (Niamey); M.A., Ph.D., Indiana

Women’s orality and literacy practices in African Muslim societies, African literature and folklore, African and comparative women's studies.

Karen Elizabeth Bishop

B.A., College of Creative Studies, California (Santa Barbara); Ph.D., California (Santa Barbara)

Twentieth-century literatures in Spanish, English, and French; human rights; torture and disappearance; exile studies; translation; genre studies; cartography.

Elin Diamond

B.A., Brandeis; M.A., Ph.D., California (Davis)

Modern and postmodern drama, theater theory and performance studies, 20th-century studies, feminism and gender studies.

E. Efe

B.A., Istanbul and EUP Rome; Ph.D., Columbia

Philosophy of lilterature; religion and literature; modern European letters; cultural legacy of the late Ottoman Empire, Ottoman and modern Turkish; Oriental Jewry and Ladino; world literature.

Sandy Flitterman-Lewis

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Feminist theory; cinema and cultural studies; World War II and holocaust; television and contemporary culture; theories of national identity; French cinema & culture.

Martha Helfer

B.A., Washington in St. Louis; M.A., Wisconsin (Madison); Ph.D., Stanford

Literature of the Age of Goethe, Romantic aesthetic and philosophical theories, German intellectual history (18th-20th-century), questions of gender and the construction of subjectivity, philosophical approaches to literature, representations of Jews in German critical discourse. 

Michael Levine

B.A., Cornell; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature, literary theory and intellectual history. Intersections among literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic discourses; holocaust studies.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres

B.A., Puerto Rico; Ph.D., Brown

Comparative race and ethnic studies, comparative critical theory, Caribbean philosophy, decolonial thinking.

Preetha Mani

B.A., Tufts; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Modern Hindi and Tamil literature, Indian Literature, feminism and gender studies, world literature, translation studies, genre studies, postcolonial theory.

Jorge Marcone

B.A., Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; M.A., Ph.D., Texas

Spanish American literature: writing and environment, literacy and orality. Ecocriticism, political ecology and environmental history.

Susan Martin-Márquez

B.A., M.A., Chicago; Ph.D., Pennsylvania

Modern Spanish Peninsular cultural studies and Spanish-language film; cinema studies.

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel

B.A., Puerto Rico; M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Hispanic Caribbean, and Latino Literature; Literary Theory, Colonial and Postcolonial Theory, Migration Studies; Latin American Literature.

Anjali Nerlekar

B.A., M.A., M.Phil., University of Pune; Ph.D., Kansas

Multilingual Indian modernisms; Marathi literature; Indo-Caribbean literature; Poetry Studies; Translation Studies; Caribbean and Postcolonial Studies; and Indian Book History.

Andrew Parker

B.A., Princeton; M.A., Ph.D., Chicago

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literatures in English, French, and Spanish; literary and cultural theory; philosophy and literature; history of sexuality; media theory and history.

Nicholas Rennie

B.A., Princeton; Ph.D., Yale

Literature of the Enlightenment and the Age of Goethe; Modern aesthetics and intellectual history; Frankfurt School; 20th-century German novel.

Paul Schalow

B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard

Japanese literature (Edo period); gender and sexuality in Japanese literature; Japanese women's writing

Richard Serrano

B.A., Stanford; M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Maghrebi and Sub-Saharan African Literatures in French, modern French poetry, the Qur'an and Arabic poetry, Chinese poetry (especially Tang and Qing), Korean poetry.

Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui

B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale

Latino/a Literature and Culture, XXth-Century Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, gender theory and sexuality studies, and psychoanalysis.

James Swenson

B.A., Brown; M.A., Ph.D., Yale

Eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history; twentieth-century criticism and theory.

Emily Van Buskirk

B.A., Princeton; Ph.D., Harvard

Russian and Czech literature, film and literary theory; autobiography, in-between genres; everyday life; representations of war and the Lenigrad Blockade; the culture of the thaw; gender and sexuality; memory and history; theories of the self.

Alessandro Vettori

Dottore in Lettere, Firenze; Ph.D., Yale

Medieval poetry and Dante,  The Re-writing of Biblical Texts in Literary Texts of the Italian Tradition,  The Devil in European Culture, Autobiography.

Janet A. Walker

B.A., Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard

The novel from its European beginnings to its transformations by East, South, and Southeast Asian writers; hybrid modernity in material culture, literature, and the arts; modern Japanese fiction and the West.

Steven F. Walker

B.A., Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard

Interface of ancient Greek and modern texts, Jungian interpretation of myth, modernist cryptic intertexts.

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