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
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
Interim Chair of the Department of English

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: Spring 2021: W 11:00-12:30 through March 10 and by appointment
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: Spring 2021 TBD
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

Professor Granara teaches Arabic language and literature and directs the Arabic language program at Harvard University. He studied Arabic at Georgetown University and received his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania .... Read more about William Granara (he/him)

CMES 38 Kirkland St. #302 Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-9065
Office Hours: Spring 2021 TBD
John Hamilton

John 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 Hamilton

Office: Barker Center 345
p: 617-496-4272
Office Hours: On leave 2020-2021

Annette Damayanti Lienau (she/her)

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

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: Spring 2021: Tues 11:30-12:30pm
Greg Nagy

Gregory Nagy (he/him)

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).... Read more about Gregory Nagy (he/him)

Office: Boylston Hall 228
p: 617-495-1941
Office Hours: Spring 2021 TBD

Katharina Piechocki (she/her)

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Research Fields: Professor Piechocki’s main area of research and teaching is early modern European literature, with a particular focus on cartography, translation studies, gender studies, opera, and theater, as well as theories of world cinema. Working in ten linguistic traditions—Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Polish, Spanish, Latin, ancient Greek and (beginning) Arabic, besides English—Piechocki’s research and teaching, interdisciplinary in nature, center on canonical texts alongside untranslated and/or less-studied authors.... Read more about Katharina Piechocki (she/her)

Office: Dana-Palmer House, 204
p: 617-496-7187
Office Hours: By appointment