Core Faculty

Arnold Davidson

Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the Divinity School
History of contemporary European philosophy and literature; history of moral and political philosophy; history of the human sciences; history and philosophy of religion.

Frederick A. De Armas

Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Comparative Literature and Spanish Literature
Golden Age Spanish literature; Renaissance studies; magic and the Hermetic tradition; ekphrasis; relations between Spanish Literature and Italian Art; and the interconnections between myth and empire during the rule of the Spanish Habsburgs

Sascha Ebeling

Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Comparative Literature and the College
Tamil language and literature of all periods, in particular nineteenth-century literary culture, Tamil cinema, South Indian cultural history; literary theory, theory and practice of literary translation, the global history of the novel, less commonly read literatures in Europe (e.g. Catalan, Rumantsch, Czech).

Leah Feldman

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
Twentieth century Russian and Azeri Turkic poetics and theatre; Marxist aesthetics; postcolonial theory; semiotics; narrative and translation theory.

Loren Kruger

Professor of English, Comparative Literature, Theater and Performance Studies and African Studies
Theory and history of drama and performance in Europe, Africa and the Americas; cultural theory mostly marxist and post colonial; (South) African literature and visual culture: GDR and contemporary Germany

Françoise Meltzer

Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Professor in the Divinity School and the College, and Chair of Comparative Literature
Literary theory; psychoanalysis and literature; 19th-century German and French literature; French Symbolism and philosophy.

Thomas Pavel

Professor (Romance Languages and Literatures), Gordon J. Laing Distinguished Service Professor
17th-century French Literature; 20th-century French literature and intellectual history; poetics and history of fiction; interactions between literary criticism, linguistics and philosophy

Na'ama Rokem

Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature, Comparative Literature
Modern Hebrew and German-Jewish literature

Lawrence Rothfield

Associate Professor, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature; Research Affiliate, Cultural Policy Center
19th-century British and French fiction; the novel; critical theory; literature and the human sciences; cultural studies.

Haun Saussy

University Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Classical Chinese poetry and commentary; literary theory; comparative study of oral traditions; problems of translation; pre-twentieth-century media history; ethnography and ethics of medical care.

Joshua Scodel

Helen A. Regenstein Professor, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, and Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities
Renaissance and 18th-century literature, especially poetry; genre theory; philosophic traditions and early modern literature; history of criticism.

Michael Sells

John Henry Barrows Professor of Islamic History and Literature in the Divinity School
Ghazal and other forms of lyric poetry; mystical literature; qur'an; classical Arabic poetry; sacred texts, violence, and the religious imagination.

Olga Solovieva

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Comparative Literature
Interdisciplinary and diachronic methodology of comparative literature; interdisciplinary rhetoric and narratology; literary and media theory; East West comparison

Anna Elena Torres

Assistant Professor
Modernist poetry in Yiddish, English, and Hebrew; disability studies; Romani studies, gender theory, and comparative religion.

David Wray

Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and the College, Director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities
Greek, Roman, early modern French, and 20th-century American poetry and poetics; gender; theory and practice of literary translation; ancient and modern relations between literature and philosophy.