Department Administration

David Damrosch (he/him)

David Damrosch (he/him)

Chair, Department of Comparative Literature
Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature
Director, Institute for World Literature

Research Fields: Theory and methods of comparative literature and world literary studies; Bible and ancient Near Eastern literatures; modern European and global Anglophone literatures. Current research projects include a book on the discipline of Comparative Literature, and a book on the role of global scripts in the formation of national literatures.... Read more about David Damrosch (he/him)

Office: Dana-Palmer House 201
p: 617-496-7031
Office Hours: Spring 2021 TBD
Melissa Carden

Melissa Carden (she/her)

Department Administrator
Responsibilities include:
-Graduate program administration
-Budget and payroll
-Faculty affairs
-Curricular planning and course catalog
-Overall management of administrative, financial, and staff operations
p: 617-495-2543
Verena Conley (they/them)

Verena Conley (they/them)

Director of Graduate Studies
Long Term Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literature

Research Fields: Critical and Cultural Theory; Politics and Aesthetics; Ecology and Technology; Contemporary Fiction and Film.... Read more about Verena Conley (they/them)

Office: Dana-Palmer House 202
p: 617-496-9712
Office Hours: Spring 2021: Wed 1-3pm and by appointment
Odile  Harter

Odile Harter

Research Librarian, Harvard College Library
Library Liaison to the Department of Comparative Literature
Subject Areas: English, Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literature (French and Italian), General Education.
Office: Widener Library, Room 220
p: 617-496-8028
Isaure Mignotte (she/her)

Isaure Mignotte (she/her)

Department Coordinator
Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Responsibilities include:
- Undergraduate program administration
- Graduate students chapter/prospectus/orals meetings and New Admits Day scheduling
- Financial transactions processing: reimbursements/invoices/honoraria
- Students employment and TF appointments
- Events coordinator
- Webmaster
- Classrooms reservations
- Dana-Palmer building maintenance
- Departmental mail

Languages: English and French

Office Hours: M, T, Th 10-5, W 10-4, F 10-1pm
p: 617-495-4186
Sandra Naddaff (she/her)

Sandra Naddaff (she/her)

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Literature
Senior Lecturer 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.... Read more about Sandra Naddaff (she/her)

Room 209 - Dana-Palmer House
p: 617-495-5650
Office Hours: Spring 2021: Tues 11:30-12:30pm

Delia Ungureanu (she/her)

Assistant Director, Institute for World Literature
Associate Professor, University of Bucharest
Associate Scholar

Dr. Delia Ungureanu is Assistant Director of Harvard’s Institute for World Literature and Associate Professor of Literary Theory in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Bucharest. She is the author of From Paris to Tlön: Surrealism as World Literature (Bloomsbury, 2017) and of Poetica Apocalipsei: Razboiul cultural in revistele literare romanesti (1944–1947) (The Poetics of Apocalypse: The cultural war in Romanian literary magazines, 1944-1947, Bucharest UP, 2012). She has published essays on canon formation, modern poetry and poetics, Shakespeare, and Nabokov, and has coedited with Thomas Pavel Romanian Literature in Today's World, a special issue of the Journal of World Literature. She is currently finishing her third book, Time Regained: World Literature and Cinema that will be published by Bloomsbury. Together with Gisèle Sapiro she is coediting a special issue of the Journal of World Literature dedicated to the memory and legacy of Pascale Casanova.... Read more about Delia Ungureanu (she/her)