Visiting Scholars


Lindsey Aakre

Associate Scholar

Research Fields: Comparative poetics, Classical Chinese poetry, early modern lyric consciousness, folk and fairy tales, "World Literature" and the humanities. My dissertation is on eleventh-century Chinese poets and the practice of poetic modeling.... Read more about Lindsey Aakre


Rita Banerjee

Associate Scholar

Research Fields: Comparative modernisms, comparative Marxisms, modern South Asian literature and intellectual history, multilingualism, translation and performance, speculative fiction and genre literature, feminism in world literature, race and class, avant-garde and art house film, deconstructions of postcolonial canons, lyric essay and narrative as provocation.

Email: banerjee[at]

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Katherine Deutsch

Katherine Deutsch

Associate Scholar

Research Fields: Greek, Latin, German, and English; ancient philosophy; Classical reception studies; German philhellenism; aesthetics and rhetoric.

Education: Ph.D. Harvard University, Comparative Literature (May 2015), A.M. Harvard University, Comparative Literature (2008), MPhil Cambridge University, English Studies: Criticism and Culture (2006), B.A. Amherst College, Classics (Greek and Latin) (2004)

Dissertation title: Platonic Footnotes: Figures of Asymmetry in Ancient Greek Thought

Cécile Guédon

Cécile Guédon

Associate Scholar
Visiting Lecturer, TDM 185G (Spring 2019)

Research Fields: Modernism, Dance, Performance, Music, Film and Visual Arts. Inter-medial Studies and Comparative Arts. Literary Theory, Poetry, Twentieth-Century Literature. French Studies, German Thought. History of Science, Embodied Cognition.... Read more about Cécile Guédon

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Mondays 4-6, check with Lecturer for location

Guila Clara Kessous

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019
UNESCO Artist for Peace
Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, French Minister of Culture

Research Fields: Performing art and human rights, role games and conflict resolution, drama techniques and win-win negotiation, Comparative Literature and Dramatherapy, theatre workshops and social coaching. For my PhD I studied plays written by Nobel Peace Prize-laureate Elie Wiesel. My goal was to better understand how a survivor could use theater to get a better impact with witness testimony. I also wanted to demonstate the switch in status from a victim into a more positive leadership-role as a storyteller that theatre techniques and positive psychology allow. ... Read more about Guila Clara Kessous

Tony  D.  Qian

Tony D. Qian

Tutorial Board Member 2018-2019
Teaching Assistant in Comparative Literature
Associate Scholar

Research Fields: Law and literature; pre-modern Chinese poetry; Chinese crime and detective fiction; comparative legal history (China and the West); rhetoric; translation.

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Theo Theoharis

Theo Theoharis

Associate Scholar

Theo Theoharis graduated from Williams College in 1977, and received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. He has taught at UC Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, since 1985, at the Harvard University Extension School. He is the author of Joyce's Ulysses: An Anatomy of the Soul (University of North Carolina Press, 1986), Ibsen's Drama: Right Action and Tragic Joy (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996), and Before Time Could Change Them: The Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy (Harcourt, 2001). He has lectured widely in Europe, Asia, and the United States.... Read more about Theo Theoharis