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Faculty

Core Faculty
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    Emily Apter
    Professor of French, Comparative Literature
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    Ulrich Baer
    Professor of German, Comparative Literature; Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, & Diversity
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    Research/Interest: 19th- to 20th-century poetry; literary theory; intersections of history and literature; contemporary literature; theories and history of photography; Rilke and Celan.


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    Gabriela Basterra
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish & Portuguese
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    Research/Interest: Literature and philosophy, ethical subjectivity, comparative literature, rhetoric, poetry, tragedy, psychoanalysis, ethics and politics, Kant’s theoretical and practical philosophy, Levinas.


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    Emanuela Bianchi
    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Ancient philosophy and literature; 20th century and contemporary continental philosophy; feminist/queer theory.


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    Manthia Diawara
    University Professor; Professor of Comparative Literature, Africana Studies
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    Research/Interest: Black American film, literary and cultural studies, black film in Africa and Europe.


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    Ana María Dopico
    Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Comparative studies of the Americas, theory and history of the novel, Cuban and Caribbean Culture, nationhood and imperialism, syncretism and visual culture, memory and popular culture, national poets, public intellectuals and cultural genealogies, U.S. Latino cultures, North-South studies/cultural politics of the global South, gender and narrative, psychoanalysis and social mythologies.


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    Andrea Gadberry
    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Comparative early modern and Enlightenment studies; philosophy and political theory, 1600-1800; genre; poetics; psychoanalysis; critical theory.


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    Jay  Garcia
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: 20th and 21st century U.S. literature; modern literature and literary theory, African American literary history, Black Atlantic theory, intellectual history; history and practice of American Studies; cultural criticism


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    Hala Halim
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
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    Research/Interest: modern Arabic, English and Anglophone literatures; postcolonial theory; cosmopolitanism; Mediterraneanism and Levantinism; South-South comparatism; Nahda and comparative modernities; Translation Studies; travel literature; globalization; urban cultures


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    Mikhail Iampolski
    Professor of Comparative Literature, Russian & Slavic Studies
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    Research/Interest: Slavic literatures and cinema; theory of representation; the body in culture


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    Jacques Lezra
    Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Comparative literature and literary theory; Shakespeare; the literary and visual culture of Early Modern Europe.


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    Avital Ronell
    Professor of German, Comparative Literature, English
    ; On Leave - Academic Year 2015-16
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    Research/Interest: Literary and other discourses; feminist and queer letters; philosophy; technology and media; psychoanalysis; deconstruction; performance art.


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    Kristin Ross
    Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: French literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries; Francophone Caribbean literature; urban history, theory, and politics; literature, culture, and ideology; popular culture; History and Literature


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    Mark Sanders
    Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: African Literature, Literary Theory, Law and Literature, Philosophy and Literature, South African Literature and Intellectual History, Testimony, Autobiography, Ethics, Psychoanalysis.


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    Richard Sieburth
    Professor of French, English, Comparative Literature

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    Cristina Vatulescu
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Russian & Slavic Studies
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    Research/Interest: aesthetics and politics, law, and policing; artistic and extra-artistic genres, in particular the novel, autobiography, documentary film, melodrama, and the police file/film; literary and film theory and history; Russian and Romanian twentieth century culture; immigration and cultural exchange;


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    Xudong Zhang
    Professor of East Asian Studies, Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Modern Chinese literature and culture; critical theory. Twentieth-Century Chinese literature, film, and intellectual discourses; literary theory and aesthetics; political and philosophical discourses of modernity.


Professor Emeriti
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    Kamau Brathwaite
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Caribbean literature, culture, and society


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    John Chioles
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Theatre, philosophy, literary theory, literary texts.


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    Daniel Javitch
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Italian
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    Research/Interest: European literature of the Renaissance, poetic theory before 1700, postclassical history of Ancient genres.


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    Timothy J Reiss
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature; Distinguished Scholar in Residence
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    Research/Interest: Classical and Renaissance literature, philosophy, and history; the Renaissance and inter-atlantic cultural exchanges; 18th century literature, history and politics; history and theory of theatre; Caribbean culture and political theory.


Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
  • Phil Kaffen
    Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of East Asian Studies

    Research/Interest: Modern Japan, Media Aesthetics, War/Security

  • Eduardo  Matos-Martin
    Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Contemporary Spanish peninsular literatures and cinema, political theory, Biopolitics, History and the culture of memory, Fascism in Spain

  • Timothy Duffy
    Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Renaissance lyric poetry, spatial science, mapmaking, geometry, the spatial turn

Associated Faculty
  • Tom Bishop
    Professor of French, Comparative Literature

  • Sibylle Fischer
    Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Caribbean literature and culture; Spanish American Independence; the Haitian Revolution; culture and politics in the nineteenth century; the history of political thought.

  • John Freccero
    Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Dante; medieval poetry and poetics; Machiavelli.

  • Toral Gajarawala
    Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Postcolonial and subaltern studies; theories of the novel; narrative theory, realisms, modernisms, contemporary Anglophone and vernacular fiction.

  • Philip F. Kennedy - In Residence at NYU Abu Dhabi
    Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Medieval Arabic language and literature; classical poetry and poetics; adab; narrative and fiction; recognition/anagnorisis in literature; Qur'an and Tafsir

  • Mary Louise Pratt
    Professor Emerita of Social and Cultural Analysis, Spanish & Portuguese, Comparative Literature

  • Sarah Kay
    Professor of French

  • Laura  Slatkin
    Professor of Classical Studies (Gallatin) and Comparative Literature (Arts & Science)

    Research/Interest: Research and teaching interests: ancient Greek and Roman poetry, especially epic and drama; wisdom traditions in classical and Near Eastern antiquity; gender studies; anthropological approaches to the literature of the ancient Mediterranean world; and cultural poetics.

  • Robert P Stam
    Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

  • Jane Tylus
    Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Late medieval and early modern Italy and Europe, particularly issues related to gender and religion; history of theatre; literature of 19th-century Sicily; the history and culture of Siena

  • Jini Kim Watson
    Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Asia-Pacific literature and cultural studies; postcolonial studies; spatial and architectural theory; comparative modernities; feminist and critical theory

  • Robert J.C. Young
    Professor of English, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Postcolonial literatures and cultures; the history of colonialism and anti-colonialism; cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries; literary and cultural theory.

Affiliated Faculty