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Jane Bennett

Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities, Departments of Comparative Thought and Literature (CTL) and Political Science,
Director of Graduate Studies (CTL)

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Research Interests: Political theory, American political thought, ecophilosophy

Evelyne Ender

Senior Lecturer

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Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-century literatures, literary criticism and theory, psychoanalysis, feminist criticism, and gender, memory studies, body-mind issues

Satoru Hashimoto

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Research Interests: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literatures and cultures; modernities and modernisms; comparative literature, aesthetics, and intellectual history; aesthetics and justice; post-secularism; world literature

Katarzyna Jerzak

Lecturer

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Research Interests: Exile, East Central European literature and culture, Henryk Grynberg, representations of time-space (chronotope)

Leonardo Lisi (he/him)

Associate Professor, Diversity Champion, Executive Editor, Comparative Literature Issue, MLN

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Research Interests: European literature of the long 19th century, European modernism, Kierkegaard and German idealism, tragedy and the tragic, philosophical aesthetics and literary forms

Paola Marrati

Professor and Department Chair

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Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary French Philosophy, American Pragmatism and Skepticism, Moral Perfectionism, Cinema and Philosophy, Gender Studies

Yi-Ping Ong

Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program

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Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-century literature and philosophy, the novel, modernism, existentialism, ethics and justice in contemporary world literature

Elizabeth Patton

Senior Lecturer

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Research Interests: English and continental literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; early modern women writers; post-Reformation English Catholicism and women’s networks; the evolutionary history of the Petrarchan sonnet

Peter J. Schmelz

Research Professor

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Research Interests: 20th and 21st-century music, Soviet and post-Soviet music and culture, aesthetics, polystylism, modernism and the avant-garde, popular and experimental music, jazz, film, Alfred Schnittke, Valentyn Sylvestrov (Valentin Silvestrov)

Lisa Siraganian

J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in Humanities and Professor

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Research Interests: American literature, modernism, law and literature, literary and legal theory, aesthetics, philosophy of action, pictorial modernism, film, 20th century intellectual history

staff

Margaret Burri

Librarian for Digital Scholarship

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Marva Philip

Department Administrator
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

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Education: MBA, Johns Hopkins University

Mackenzie S. Zalin

Librarian for Modern Languages and Literature & Comparative Thought and Literature

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Education: PhD, MSLS

professors emeriti

Eckart Förster

Professor, Department of Philosophy

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Research Interests: Metaphysics; history of philosophy; Kant and German idealism

Michael Fried

Professor Emeritus of the Humanities
Academy Professor, Johns Hopkins University

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Research Interests: Modern art, literature, criticism, and theory; Italian painting in the age of Caravaggio

Ruth Leys

Professor Emerita of the Humanities
Academy Professor, Johns Hopkins University

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Research Interests: The history of 20th- and 21st- century psychiatry, psychoanalysis, cognitive psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, and the philosophy of mind

Gabrielle Spiegel

Professor Emerita, Department of History

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Research Interests: Medieval history, with special interest in historiography and linguistic analysis

Hent de Vries

Professor Emeritus of the Humanities

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Research Interests: Modern European thought, history and critique of metaphysics, philosophies of religion, political theologies, religion and media, literature and temporality

associates

Frances Ferguson

Associate, Department of Comparative Thought and Literature, Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor of English at the University of Chicago

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Philip Fisher

Associate, Department of Comparative Thought and Literature, Felice Crowl Reid Professor of English, Harvard University

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Affiliated Faculty

Sharon Achinstein

Sir William Osler Professor of English, Department of English

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Research Interests: Early modern literature, poetry, and poetics, gender

Shane Butler

Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor in the Humanities
Professor of Classics
Director, Classics Research Lab
Director of Graduate Studies, Classics

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Research Interests: Latin literature, classical reception, sensation, aesthetics, queer theory, media theory

Jennifer Culbert

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

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Research Interests: Political theory, jurisprudence

Veena Das

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Department of Anthropology

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Research Interests: Everyday life, ethics, anthropology and philosophy, urban transformations, poverty, violence, gender, social suffering, aesthetics, South Asia, Europe

William Egginton

Decker Professor in the Humanities
Director, Alexander Grass Humanities Institute
Chair, Modern Languages and Literatures

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Research Interests: Literature and philosophy; psychoanalysis; foundations of physics; early modern European literature and thought; modern Latin American literature

Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei

Professor and William Kurrelmeyer Chair in German
Director of Graduate Studies in German

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Research Interests: Continental Philosophy; Phenomenology; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Literature; Cognitive Literary Theory; Philosophy of Imagination; Modern German Literature and Thought., Literary Ecology and Environmental Studies

Naveeda Khan

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Anthropology

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Research Interests: riverine society, nature philosophy and nature in Islamic theology, migration and memory, global warming and everyday life, animal-human relations, framings of the future, national and global climate governance, Bangladesh and Bonn

Yitzhak Y. Melamed

Charlotte Bloomberg Professor of Philosophy

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Research Interests: Early modern philosophy, German idealism, metaphysics

Christopher Nealon

Professor, Department of English

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Research Interests: American literature, aesthetic theory, poetry and poetics, intellectual history

Derek Schilling

Professor of French, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Director of the Centre Louis Marin

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Research Interests: Modern and contemporary French literature; film esthetics and theory; geocriticism; urban and suburban studies

Michael Williams

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Department of Philosophy

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Research Interests: Epistemology, philosophy of language, history of modern philosophy

Dimitrios Yatromanolakis

Associate Professor, Department of Classics

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Research Interests: Greek papyrology, ancient Greek vase inscriptions, archaic and classical social and cultural history, ancient Greek vase painting, historical and comparative anthropology

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