Faculty

Sandra Naddaff

Sandra Naddaff

Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Literature
Dean, Harvard Summer School


Research Fields: English, French, Arabic Narrative; 1001 Nights; Translation; Literature and Music; Arab-American Ethnic Identity; Cross-Cultural Literary Relations between the Arab Middle East and western Europe.

Room 209 - Dana-Palmer House
Spring 2017 Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am by appointment: please call 617-495-4186 or email Isaure at mignotte@fas.harvard.edu to book your appointment at that time. Outside office hours, appointment requests should be sent to Dr. Naddaff directly.
p: 617-495-5650
Office Hours: Spring 2017 - Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am and by appointment
Gregory Nagy

Gregory Nagy

Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature
Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC

Research Fields: Nagy's special research interests include archaic Greek literature and oral traditions. His ongoing goal is to integrate his research with collaborative as well as intergenerational mentorships and public engagement initiatives, especially in the context of his Harvard College and Harvard DCE courses on the ancient Greek hero (with almost 10,000 alumni), and his HarvardX MOOC, which has enrolled over 90,000 learners since its launch in 2013. His recent monographs include The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours (HUP 2013) and Masterpieces of Metonymy: From Ancient Greek Times to Now (HUP, fall 2015).
Since 2000, he has been the Director of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, while continuing to teach at the Harvard campus in Cambridge as the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature.

Office: Boylston Hall 228
p: 617-495-1941
Office Hours: Spring 2017 - Monday 2-3pm and by appointment
Stephen Owen

Stephen Owen

James Bryant Conant University Professor

Research Fields: Professor Owen's primary areas of research interest are premodern Chinese literature, lyric poetry, and comparative poetics. Much of his previous work has focused on the middle period of Chinese Literature (200-1200); however, he is currently engaged in writing a collection of essays on Chinese literature of the early period. He has a concurrent interest in Chinese drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

On Leave Spring 2017
Office: 2 Divinity Avenue #220
p: 617-495-8370
Katharina Piechocki

Katharina Piechocki

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Research Fields: Piechocki’s main areas of research and teaching are European Renaissance and Baroque literature, as well as world cinema. Her research languages include German, Polish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin, ancient Greek and (beginning) Arabic. Her interests include cartography, translation studies, gender studies, opera, theater, and theories of world cinema. She investigates the interstices between West/non-West, the boundaries of early modernity, and the borders of early modern Europe. In 2015-2016, Piechocki was a Distinguished Junior External Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. She will spend Spring 2017 as a research fellow at the IFK (Internationales Forschungsinstitut für Kulturwissenschaften) in Vienna, Austria.

On Leave Spring 2017
Office: Dana-Palmer House, 204
p: 617-496-7187
Panagiotis Roilos

Panagiotis Roilos

George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature

Research Fields: Greek literature (from antiquity to the present), European aestheticism (with a focus on Greek and British literature), the Enlightenment, German Romanticism and the Classics, premodern and modern critical theory, historical and cognitive anthropology, philosophy and rhetoric, comparative oral poetics, diaspora, and cultural politics.

Office: Boylston Hall 231
Email: roilos@fas.harvard.edu
p: 617-495-7783
Office Hours: Spring 2017 - Wednesdays 10-11am and by appointment
Judith Ryan

Judith Ryan

Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Research Fields: German, English, and French literature, especially poetry and the novel, from 1770 to the present. Spacial interests include aestheticism and symbolism, modernism and the avant-garde, contemporary literature, colonialism and post-colonialism. 

On Leave Spring 2017
Office: Barker Center 354
p: 617-496-4923
Jeffrey Schnapp

Jeffrey Schnapp

Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature
Faculty co-director of Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Affiliate of the Department of Architecture at the GSD


Research Interests: digital humanities, knowledge design, codicology, museums and libraries, the material history of literature, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, 12th-14th-century Romance literatures; 20th-century Italian architecture and design, the fascist decades, the historical avant-gardes, radical pedagogies, the future of the book, curatorial practice as a form of scholarship.

Office: Boylston Hall 423
p: 617-495-2528
Office Hours: Spring 2017 - Wednesdays 11am-12.30pm and by appointment
Marc Shell

Marc Shell

Irving Babbit Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English

Research Fields: Economics & Aesthetics; Nationhood & Language Difference; Kinship Studies; Non-English Languages & Literatures of the United States; Disability & Medical Studies; Renaissance; Island Studies; Comparative Literature; Theory. 

Office: Barker Center 265
p: 617 496-6538
Office Hours: Spring 2017 - Thursdays 4-6pm and by appointment
David Stern

David Stern

Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Hebrew and Jewish Literature
Department of Comparative Literature
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations


Research Fields: Classical and Modern Hebrew Literature; History of Biblical Interpretation, Jewish and Christian; Intersection of contemporary literary theory and hermeneutics with ancient and medieval exegesis; ancient and medieval Judaism; History of the book, with special interest in the Jewish book.  Current research includes a history of the Jewish book from antiquity to the present day; a cultural biography of the Talmud and its place in the Western canon; and a poetics of Talmudic narrative. 

On Leave Spring 2017
Office: Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Room 209
p: 617-495-3977
Office Hours: Spring 2017 - TBA
Karen L Thornber

Karen L Thornber

Professor of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; and Chair, Harvard Council on Asian Studies
Director, Harvard Global Institute Environmental Humanities Initiative
Harvard University Asia Center
CGIS South S222
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Professor Thornber is On Leave, 2016-2017. Please send inquiries to Professor Thornber's executive assistant, Lani O'Donnell (lani_odonnell@fas.harvard.edu). Professor Thornber is accepting new graduate students for fall 2017 admission.
p: 617-496-6244
William Mills Todd III

William Mills Todd III

Harry Tuchman Levin Professor of Literature, and Professor of Comparative Literature

Research Fields: Narrative and cultural studies; Russian, English, and French literature of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries; Russian fiction and social history; literary sociology, semiotics, Pushkin and Dostoevsky. 

Office: Barker 369
p: 617-495-1997
Office Hours: Spring 2017 - Tuesdays 1.30-3.30 and by appointment
David Wang

David Wang

Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature
Professor of Comparative Literature

Research Fields: David Der-wei Wang is Director of CCK Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinological Studies, and Academician, Academia Sinica. His research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, late Qing fiction and drama; comparative literary theory; colonial and modern Taiwanese fiction, and Asian American and diasporic literature; plus Chinese intellectuals and artists in the mid-20th century.

Office: 2 Divinity Ave. #130A
p: 617-496-0925
Office Hours: Spring 2017 - Wednesdays 1-3 and by appointment