Faculty

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: By appointment
Homi Bhabha

Homi K. Bhabha (he/him)

Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities
Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost

Research Fields: Bhabha is the author of numerous works exploring colonial and postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, and cosmopolitanism, among other themes.... Read more about Homi K. Bhabha (he/him)

Office: Wadsworth House 134
p: 617-495-0739
Office Hours: Fall 2021: Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 pm; Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 pm by appointment. Please contact Balraj Gill at bkgill@fas.harvard.edu to make an appointment.
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
James Engell (he/him)

James Engell (he/him)

Gurney Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature
On Leave Fall 2021

Research Fields: Romantic, Eighteenth-Century, and Restoration British Literature; Comparative Romanticism; Criticism and Critical Theory; Rhetoric; Environmental Studies; History and Economics of Higher Education.... Read more about James Engell (he/him)

Office: Barker Center 272
p: 617-495-5055
Office Hours: On Leave Fall 2021
Luis  Manuel Girón-Negrón (he/him)

Luis Manuel Girón-Negrón (he/him)

Professor of Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literatures

Research Fields: Spanish Literature (Medieval and Golden Age); Arabic and Hebrew Literatures (Middle Ages); History of Religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Middle Ages); Historical Linguistics; Comparative Literature.... Read more about Luis Manuel Girón-Negrón (he/him)

Office: Dana-Palmer House 104
16 Quincy Street
p: 617-495-2567
Office Hours: Fall 2021: Wed 10-12pm or by appointment
William Granara

William Granara (he/him)

Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment
Center for Middle Eastern Studies Director
Director of Modern Language Programs, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

William Granara is professor of the practice of Arabic language and literature at Harvard University in the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Comparative Literature, and is currently the director of its Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is also the founding director of Harvard Summer School’s program, Postcolonial Studies: France and the Arab World, in Aix-en-Provence, France. Professor Granara specializes in the literature and history of the Arab Mediterranean in both the medieval and modern periods. ... Read more about William Granara (he/him)

CMES 38 Kirkland St. #302 Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-9065
Office Hours: Fall 2021: Tues 1-3pm, Th 11am-2pm: drop-in, or call office number
John T. Hamilton

John T. Hamilton

William R. Kenan Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Research Fields: Hermeneutics and Poetics of the Classical Tradition; Music and Language; 18th – 19th century German and French Literature; New Comparative Philology.... Read more about John T. Hamilton

Office: Barker Center 345
p: 617-496-4272
Office Hours: Office Hours: Tues 2-3pm on zoom (see link info) and by appointment
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Annette Damayanti Lienau (she/her)

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
On Leave Fall 2021

Research Fields: (Post)-Colonial Studies; Afro-Asian Comparatisms; African and Caribbean Francophone Literatures; Modern and Classical Arabic Literature; Egyptian Colloquial Literature; Indonesian Studies and Malay Language Literature; Senegalese Literature (Wolof); Transnationalism and World Literature.
Research Languages include: Arabic, Egyptian Colloquial, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Wolof.... Read more about Annette Damayanti Lienau (she/her)

Dana-Palmer 203
p: 617-384-6914
Office Hours: On Leave Spring - Fall 2021
Françoise Lionnet (she/her)

Françoise Lionnet (she/her)

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, African and African American Studies in Residence, and Women, Gender and Sexuality

A past-President of the American Comparative Literature Association, Françoise Lionnet is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, African and African American Studies, and Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard.... Read more about Françoise Lionnet (she/her)

Office: Boylston Hall G31
p: (617) 384-8057
Office Hours: On leave 2020-2021
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: Fall 2021 TBD
Greg Nagy

Gregory Nagy (he/him)

Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature

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 181,000 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).... Read more about Gregory Nagy (he/him)

Office: Boylston Hall 228
p: 617-495-1941
Office Hours: Fall 2021: by appointment