Students who have received a PhD or AM in Comparative Literature have gone on to careers in a variety of fields, in both academic and non-academic roles. Past graduate alumni include:
Marie Louise Ascher, PhD 1997, Senior Editor, Harvard University Press; freelance translator
Andrea Bachner, PhD 2007, Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Rita Banerjee, PhD 2013, Lecturer in the Institute for Indology and Tibetology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Executive Creative Director, Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, Inc.
Susan Barba, PhD 2006, Senior Editor, New York Review of Books
Bruce A. Beatie, PhD 1967, Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature, Cleveland State University
Steve Berrien, PhD 1989, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Fletcher Technical Community College
Guillermo Bleichmar, PhD 2007, Professor of Liberal Arts, St. John’s College Santa Fe
Erika Boeckeler, PhD 2007, Associate Professor of English, Northeastern University
Carmelita Boivin-Cole, PhD 1982, Consultant; formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, Nova Scotia and Director General of Atlantic Canada Economic Development Agency
Peter Brooks, PhD 1965, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar in the University Center for Human Values and the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University
Yang Ye, PhD 1989, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California Riverside
Travis Zadeh, PhD 2007, Associate Professor in Department of Religious Studies, Yale University
Zhulina Alisa , PhD 2015, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, New York University
Marina van Zuylen, PhD 1990, Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Director, French Studies Program, Bard College
Founded as a graduate program in 1904 and joining with the undergraduate Literature Concentration in 2007, Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature operates at the crossroads of multilingualism, literary study, and media history.