David Damrosch

David Damrosch

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

Office: Dana-Palmer House 201
p: 617-496-7031
Office Hours: Spring 2019: Mondays 5-6, Tuesdays 10-11 and by appointment
Homi Bhabha

Homi K. Bhabha

Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities
Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
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

Office: Barker Center 135
p: 617-495-0739
Office Hours: By appointment only
James Engell

James Engell

Gurney Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature

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

Office: Barker Center 272
p: 617-495-5055
Office Hours: Spring 2019: Thursdays 2:30-4 and by appointment
Luis  Manuel Girón-Negrón

Luis Manuel Girón-Negrón

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

Office: Dana-Palmer House 104
16 Quincy Street
p: 617-495-2567
Office Hours: Spring 2019: Mon-Wed 11-12 and by appointment
William Granara

William Granara

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

CMES 38 Kirkland St. #302 Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-9065
Office Hours: Spring 2019: Tuesdays: 2-3:45, Thursdays: 1- 3:45
John Hamilton

John Hamilton

William R. Kenan Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Chair, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

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: Spring 2019: Mondays 3-5 and by appointment
Biodun Jeyifo

Biodun Jeyifo

Professor of African and African American Studies and of Comparative Literature

Research Fields:  African and Caribbean 'Anglophone' literatures; theatrical theory and dramatic literature, Western and non-Western; comparative African and Afro-American critical thought; Marxist literary and cultural theory; colonial and postcolonial studies; twentieth-century revolutionary social philosophy and literature. 

Office: Barker Center 258
p: 617-384-9418
Office Hours: Spring 2019 TBD

Annette Damayanti Lienau

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

Dana-Palmer 203
p: 617-384-6914
Office Hours: Spring 2019: Friday 2:45-3:30 and by appointment
Françoise Lionnet

Françoise Lionnet

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

Office: Boylston Hall G31
p: (617) 384-8057
Office Hours: Spring 2019: Wednesdays 2:30-4 and by appointment
Sandra Naddaff

Sandra Naddaff

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

Room 209 - Dana-Palmer House
p: 617-495-5650
Office Hours: Spring 2019: Thursdays 2:30-4pm. Call or email Isaure Mignotte to book your appointment (617-495-4186,
Gregory Nagy

Gregory Nagy

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

Office: Boylston Hall 228
p: 617-495-1941
Office Hours: Spring 2019: TBD
New Katharina

Katharina Piechocki

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. Her research languages include Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Polish, Spanish, Latin, ancient Greek and (beginning) Arabic. Piechocki’s research and teaching, interdisciplinary in nature, center on canonical texts alongside untranslated and/or less-studied authors and investigate questions such as the origins and transformations of new disciplines (cartography) and poetics (opera libretto) as they travel across regions, nations, and continents. A recent interview with the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) exploring her teaching was published in the biweekly e-letter Into Practice: (September 2018). Together with Tom Conley, she co-chairs the Cartography Seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center.


... Read more about Katharina Piechocki

On Leave 2018-2019
Office: Dana-Palmer House, 204
p: 617-496-7187