Undergraduate Alumni List

Students who have concentrated in Comparative Literature (formely Literature) have gone on to careers in a variety of fields: academics, journalism, film, law, medicine, and business, among others.

Past alumni include:

Elif Batuman, 1999, Writer; Either/Or, The Idiot, The Possessed:  Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, Senior Thesis: “The Bottled Djinn:  Narratives of the Orientalized, the Confined, and the Nonlinguistic”
Elizabeth Brook, 2010, Consultant; Senior Thesis:  “The Political to the Playful:  Nuyorican Poetry and Representations of Hybridity from the 1970s to the Present” (website submission)
Aline Brosch, 1989, Screenwriter, Director, Producer; Senior Thesis: “The Pronouns of Mechanical Narration: The Mainstream American Screenplay as Genre”
Becky Cooper, 2011, Author: “We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence” (Grand Central Publishing, 2020), “Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers” (Abrams April 2013). Former assistant to the Editor of The New Yorker and contributor. Senior Thesis: “Quo Vadis? The Life and Literary Philosophy of David Foster Wallace”
Amrita Dani, 2013, Gates Cambridge Scholar, University of Cambridge, England; Senior Thesis: “Subjectivity and the Rhetoric of the Veil”
Cara Eisenpress, 2007, Cookbook Author: In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World; Senior Thesis: “The Text on the Horizon: Cycles of Literature and Life in Proust, Woolf, Deleuze, and Sebald”
Noah Fabricant, 2004, Rabbi; Senior Thesis:  “Poetry as Prayer:  The Case of Liberal Judaism”
Dara Horn, 1999, Writer; The World to Come, All Other Nights; Senior Thesis: “Rewriting Redemption: The Messianic Impulse in Modern Jewish Literature”
Carmen James, 2008, Doctoral Student at Teachers College, Columbia University; Senior Thesis: “The City and the Poem”
Minyang Jiang, 2007, Global Advanced Product Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company; Senior Thesis: “Difficult Women, Exiled Heroes, Old Men: Reconstructing the Chinese Ideological Novel”
Pelin Kivrak, 2011, Assistant Professor of Global Literature in the Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College after a PhD in Comparative Literature at Yale University. Assistant to Orhan Pamuk at The Museum of Innocence for a year after her graduation; Senior Thesis: “Displacement, Travails, Redemption, Success”: Searching for the Traditional Immigration Paradigm in The Works of Aleksandar Hemon
Melissa Lee, 2003, Independent Film Producer; Senior Thesis: “Cities “Made of the Measure of Love”: Spatial Itineraries in Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and In the Mood for Love (2000)”
Heather K. Love, 1991, Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Senior Thesis: “What We Call Home:  Utopian Vision in the Poetry of Renée Vivien”
D.T. Max, 1984, Staff writer for the New Yorker and author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep:  A Medical Mystery(2006) and Every Story is a Ghost Story:  A Life of David Foster Wallace (2013).
Alexandra McCormack, 2000, Corporate Lawyer; Senior Thesis: “Beating Sense Out of the Text:  Kreisleriana, Sarrasine, Barthes”
Mark McGurl, 1989, Professor of English, Stanford; Senior Thesis: “Arguing Otherwise:  Authority and Authorship in Frederic Jameson’s The Political Unconsciousand J.M. Coetzee’s Foe”
Eav Monica, 1999, Immigration Lawyer; Senior Thesis: “Listen all you like, but disbelieve all you hear”:  “The Contest for Authority, the Politics of Gossip, and the Power of the People in Three Contemporary Novels about the Philippines”
B.J. Novak, 2001, Actor, Writer, Director, (The Office, Inglorious Basterds); Senior Thesis:  “’To Be or Not To Be:’  Hollywood’s Answers to Hamlet’s Question”
Tony Qian, 2008, Graduated from the Harvard Law School and from our graduate program of Comparative Literature; Senior Thesis: “Fiction and Testimony: 20th-Century Shanghai in History and the Imagination”
Scott Rubin, 1985, Director of Communications, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Google; Senior Thesis: “Theatre as actor: the staging of cultural myths in Genet and Riaza”
Rashid Sabar, 2005, Portfolio Manager, Ellington Management Group; Senior Thesis:  “Phenomenology and the Enigma of Meaning”
Kelefa Sanneh, 1998, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Senior Thesis:  “The Black Galactic:  Towards a Greater African America”
Eliot Schrefer, 2001, Writer, Glamorous Disasters, The New Kid, The School for Dangerous Girls, The Deadly Sister;Senior Thesis: “Donning the Armor of False Selves”: Introspection and Gender Disjunction in Disney’s Mulan
A.O. Scott, 1988, Film Critic, The New York Times;  Senior Thesis:  “Staging Alequin’s Dilemma:  The Politics of Genre from Corneille to the Théâtres de la Foire”
Teymour Shahabi, 2005, Modeling and Trading, Two Sigma; Author, The Secret Billionaire; Senior Thesis:  “Remembrance of Words Past:  Translating the Drafts of the Madeleine Episode in Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu”