Listed below are initial positions of our PhD graduates and their appointments as of Fall 2016. You can find more detailed information of some of our alumni here.
Daniel Schwartz, Assistant Professor in German and Russian Cinema,
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, McGill University
Thomas Dechand, Instructor, Loyola University of Maryland
Dissertation: "Abducting the Imagination: The Methodological Foundation of Science and Criticism in Coleridge and Peirce"
Nicole Jerr, First: Richard Macksey Postdoctoral Humanities Fellow, Johns Hopkins University; Present: Assistant Professor of English, Department of English Department, United States Air Force Academy
Dissertation: "Pretenders to the Throne: Sovereignty and Modern Drama"
Anh Nguyen, Lecturer in German, MIT
Dissertation: "Contextualizing the 'Inner': Pretense and Aspect in Wittgenstein, Lohenstein, and Goethe"
Larry McGrath, Humanities Fellow, Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins; Present: Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University
Dissertation: "The Bergsonian Moment: Science and Spirit in France, 1874-1907"
Tarek Dika, First: Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows; Present: Assistant Professor in History of Philosophy, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame
Dissertation: "Descartes and the Origin of the Modern Problem of Finitude"
Kate Khatib, First: Adjunct Professor, Humanistic Studies, Maryland Institute College of Art; Present: Design Director, AK Press Publishing
Dissertation: "Surrealism's America: Notes on a Vernacular Epistemology"
Dissertation: "‘Que reste-t-il?’ Poetic approaches to immortality: Baudelaire and after"
Danielle Dubois, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, University of Manitoba
Dissertation: "Spiritual Practice and Learned Traditions in Marguerite Porete's Mirouer des simples ames"
John Duda, Director of Communications, The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, and Co-Founder, Red Emma's
Dissertation: "The Idea of Self-organization Between Science and Politics"
Cara Weber, Lecturer, Department of English, Pace University (NYC)
Dissertation: "Marriage and ethical agency in four Victorian novels"
Jeroen Gerrits, First: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University (SUNY); Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University (SUNY)
Dissertation: "Lubricious Objects: Perception and Grammar in Cinema and Poetry"
Gülru Çakmak, First: Visiting Assistant Professor, Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University; Present: Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century European Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dissertation: "Jean-Léon Gérôme: The Innovative Years (1851-1859)"
Nils F. Schott, First: International Research Fellow, Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin; Present: Lecturer in Literature for the Trinity-in-Paris program of Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
Dissertation: "The Conversion of Knowledge—Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Catechisms"
Martin Shuster, First: Chauncey Truax Postdoctoral Fellow, Philosophy Department, Hamilton College; Present: Assistant Professor and Director of Judaic Studies, Goucher College
Dissertation: "I Against I: Transcendental Commitments and Social Deformities after Kant"
Joyce Tsai, Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Iowa, and Curator, University of Iowa Museum of Art
Dissertation: "László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography"
Molly Warnock, First: Postdoctoral Fellow, Art History, Princeton University; Present: Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University
Dissertation:"Thought by Painting: The Early Work of Simon Hantaï"
Stefanos Geroulanos, First: Assistant Professor of Modern European History, New York University; Present: Associate Professor of European and Intellectual History, New York University, and Director, Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Centre national de la recherche scientifique & New York University)
Dissertation: "Man Under Erasure: The Emergence of Antihumanism in French Thought, Politics, and Literature, 1926-1954"
Jie Guo, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina; Present: Associate Professor, of Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina
Dissertation: "Confusing Desires: Representations of Male Same-Sex Relationships in Late Ming and Early Qing Literature"
Samantha Fenno, First: Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper Fellow, University of Chicago Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts; Present: Full-Time Lecturer in the College, University of Chicago
Dissertation: "Specters of Skepticism: Henry Fielding and the Problematic of Recognition"
Danielle Follett, First: Département d'études des pays anglophones, University of Paris-VIII, Saint Denis; Present: Département du monde anglophone, Université de Paris-III, Sorbonne Nouvelle
Dissertation: "The Ghost of God: Studies in the Nineteenth-century Poetics and Aesthetics of Chance: Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Proust"
Oleg Gelikman, First: Humanities, Soka University; Present: Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Soka University
Dissertation: "The Idea of Prose as Modernist Poetics"
Alexandre Lefebvre, First: Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, McGill University; Present: Senior Lecturer, Department of Government and International Relations and the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney
Dissertation: "The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza"
Liang Mao, First: English, Beijing University; Present: Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, English Department, Peking University, Beijing, China
Dissertation: "Henry James and the Claim of Sociality"
Anne Rose, First: Lecturer, Department of History, College of Charleston (Charleston, SC); Present: History Lecturer, Mesa College, San Diego Community College District
Dissertation: "Children’s moral culture and the experimental human sciences in Britain, France and Italy, 1748-1899"
Zachary Sng, First: Assistant Professor, Department of German Studies, Brown University; Present: Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University
Dissertation: "Corrupting the fountains of knowledge: language and error from Locke to Schlegel"
Antonia Szabari, Assistant Professor, French and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California; Present: Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California
Dissertation: "Less Rightly Said: Inventing Scandalous Speech in Literature and Religion in the Reformation"
Ivan Grabovac, Present: Assistant Professor of English at Mount Royal University; Associate Professor of English, Mount Royal University, Canada
Dissertation: "Thoreau's passion"
Christopher Powers, First: Comparative Literature, University of Puerto Rico; Present: Associate Professor
Dissertation: "Ambivalent freedom: the politics of style in the writings of James Joyce and Ralph Ellison"
Elizabeth Rottenberg, First: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, DePaul University; Present: Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Director of Comparative Literature
Dissertation: "Inheriting the Future: Legacies of Kant, Freud, and Flaubert"
William Scott, First: Assistant Professor, Department of English, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces); Present: Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
Dissertation: "Writing from the left: race, gender, and the critique of representation in the Great Depression"
Arnd Wedemeyer, First: Assistant Professor, Department of German, Princeton University; Present: Researcher, German Studies, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) Berlin
Dissertation: "Expanses of thought: interpretations of space from Kant to Heidegger"
Patrick Greaney, First: Assistant Professor, Department of German, University of Colorado; Present: Professor of German and Humanities, University of Colorado Boulder
Dissertation: "The beggar's voice: impoverished writing in Nietzsche, Mallarme, Rilke, and Benjamin"
Dana Hollander, First: Lecturer/Ray D. Wolfe Fellow, Department of Philosophy/Jewish Studies Program, University of Toronto; Present: Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University
Dissertation: "Exemplarity and chosenness: Rosenzweig and Derrida on the nation of philosophy"
Joanna Klink, Present: Professor of Poetry, Creative Writing Program, University of Montana
Dissertation: "Paul Celan: the second person, poetic realism, and ontological hope"
Patrick Provost-Smith, First: Divinity School, Harvard University; Present: Independent Scholar
Dissertation: "Macao, Manila, Mexico, and Madrid: Jesuit controversies over strategies for the Christianization of China (1580-1600)"
John D. Connor, First: English and Visual Culture, Harvard University; Present: Associate Professor, Bryan Singer Division of Cinema and Media Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, USC
Dissertation: "The Language of Men: Identity and Existentialism in the American Postwar"
Daniel Heller Roazen, First: Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University; Present: Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature and the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University
Dissertation: "Fortune's faces: the Roman de la Rose and the poetics of contingency"
Michael Kohler, First: Assistant Professor, SUNY Binghamton; Present: Attorney, Senior Manager at Deloitte Tax LLP
Dissertation: "Governmental modernity and nineteenth-century narrative and dramatic verse: a study in the ideological inflection of form"
Sarah Roff, First: Assistant Professor, Department of German, Princeton University; Present: Staff Psychiatrist at Oregon State Hospital
Dissertation: "Group mind: psychology and the construction of the public sphere from Romanticism to psychoanalysis"
Maria Farland, Present: Associate Professor, Department of English, and Co-Director of the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Fordham University
Dissertation: "Sexual genesis: narrative form and gender in American literature, 1880-1918"
Susan Maslan, Present: Associate Professor, French Department, University California, Berkeley
Dissertation: "Representations and theatricality in French revolutionary theater and politics"
Mark McGurl, First: Assistant Professor, English Department, University of California, Los Angeles; Present: Professor, Department of English, Stanford University
Dissertation: "The Novel Inside Out: Forms of Distinction in James, Crane, Faulkner and Hammett"
Philip Vogt, Present: Associate Professor of History, Lawrence Technological University
Dissertation: "Figures of Continuity and Modernity in Locke"
Robert Mankin, Present: Professor, Études Anglophones, Institute Charles V, Université de Paris 7
Dissertation: "A history of contempt: Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"
Katherine Rudolph, First: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, DePaul University; Present: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rhode Island College, and Research Associate, Pembroke Center, Brown University
Dissertation: "This body of my dreams: Descartes and Augustine on the body of language"
Joanne Wood, First: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Indiana University at Bloomington
Dissertation: "Artificial bodies: British modernism and the idea of form"
Catherine Kerr, First: Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University; Present: Assistant Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Dissertation: "Race in the making of American liberalism: 1912-1965"
Natasha Korda, First: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Wesleyan University; Present: Professor of English and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University
Dissertation: "Household stuff: Shakespeare's domestic economies"
Brigitte Gerl: Towson State University
Dissertation: "Modern bodies: D.H. Lawrence, H.D., and the psychoanalytic movement"
Alan Keenan: Social Sciences, Harvard University
Dissertation: "The democratic question: on the rule of the people and the paradoxes of political freedom"
Bridget McDonald: Fellowship to France
Dissertation: "Pensée, plagiary: Pascal and the moderns"
Sharon Marcus: First: English, UC, Berkeley; Present: Orlando Harriman Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and Dean of Humanities, Columbia University
Dissertation: "Restless Houses: domesticity and Urban Culture in Paris and London, 1820–1888"
David Wittenberg, First: English and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa; Present: Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Cinematic Arts, The University of Iowa
Dissertation: "Philosophical Revision: A Reading of Heidegger's Nietzsche"
Paul Nelles, First: Warburg Institute, University of London; Present: Associate Professor, Department of History, Carleton University
Dissertation: "The Public Library and the Late Humanist Scholarship in Early Modern Europe: Antiquarianism and Encyclopaedism"
Elizabeth Pittenger: English, UC, Berkeley
Dissertation: "The Traffic in Pages: Pedagogy, Pederasty, and Printing in the English Renaissance"
Tim Walters: NYU, Rochester; Present: Co-founder and Principal Analyst, Digital Clarity Group
Dissertation: "Hegel's Last words and the Critique of Speculative Ideas"
Kevin Pask, First: Concordia University, Montreal; Present: Professor of English, Concordia University
Dissertation: "The Emergence of the English Author: Pre-scripting the Life of the Poet in Early Modern England"
Shaun Irlam: Comparative Literature, SUNY, Buffalo
Dissertation: "Unworlding and Otherworldliness: Enthusiasm, Epiphany, and Typology in the Poetry of James Thomson and Edward Young"
Akira Lippit, First: Department of Cinema, San Francisco State University; Present: Vice Dean of Faculty and Professor, The Bryan Singer Division of Cinema and Media Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts; Professor of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Cultures, USC
Dissertation: "Wildlife after Death: Zoomorphology and Modernism"
Beatrice Hanssen: Germanic Languages and Literature, Harvard University
Dissertation: "Walter Benjamin's other history of stones, animals, human beings, and angels"
Saul Myers, First: MICA, University of Baltimore; Present: Professor, Department of Humanistic Studies, Maryland Institute College of Art
Dissertation: "Between gold and Oblivion: The Poetry of Paul Celan and the Persistence of Extinguished Memory"
Gregory Sims: Bryn Mawr
Dissertation: "Essaying prudence: Montaigne and the semiotics of diversion"
Christy Burns: English, College of William & Mary; Present: Associate Professor of English, College of William and Mary
Dissertation: "The Mirror and the Razor Crossed: The Politics of Parody in James Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegans Wake"
Karin Cope, First: English, McGill University; Present: Associate Professor of Art History and Critical Studies, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Dissertation: "Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, and the Love of Error"
Susan Bernstein: Comparative Literature, Brown University; Present: Professor of Comparative Literature and of German Studies, Brown University
Dissertation: "Virtuosity of the nineteenth-century : music and language in Heine, Liszt and Baudelaire
Robin Avner: SUNY Binghamton
Dissertation: "Literature as leaven: George Eliot on fiction, figurative language, and culture"
Margaret Leahey: New Hampshire College & University Counsel
Dissertation: "To hear with my eyes: the native language acquisition project in the Jesuit relations"
Jay Tribby: History, University of Florida
Dissertation: "Eloquence and experiment: essays on the civil gestures of inquiry in seventeenth-century France and Italy
Joseph Marino History, Hood College
Dissertation: "Renaissance ideas of ambience and the practice of letters: studies in continuity and change in the works and careers of Francesco Petrarca, Giovanni Gherardi da Prato, Baldassar Castiglione, and Sperone Speroni"
JoAnn Pilardi: Towson State University
Dissertation: "Simone de Beauvoir’s notion of the self: philosophy becomes autobiographical"
Peter Fenves: German, Northwestern University
Dissertation: "A peculiar fate: Kant and the question of world-history"
Elizabeth Watson: Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
Dissertation: "Achille Bocchi and the emblem book as symbolic form"
Jay Gillen: Principal of Stadium School (Baltimore, MD)
Dissertation: "Rhetorical invention in the poetry of Robert Browning"
Susan Derwin: Comparative Literature, UC, Santa Barbara
Dissertation: "The renunciation of mimesis: theory and practice of the novel"
Jeffrey Wallen: Humanities & Arts, Hampshire College; Present: Professor of Comparative Literature, Hampshire College
Dissertation: "Aesthetic Vision and Revision: Walter Pater’s Portraiture"
Susan White, First: English, University of Arizona; Present: Professor, Department of English, University of Arizona
Dissertation: "The Cinema of Max Ophuls: Marginality, Magisterial Vision and the Figure of Woman"
Neil Saccamano, Present: Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Dissertation: "Publication, Interpretation, and Neoclassicism: The Case of Swift"
Beatrice Marie: English, George Mason University
Dissertation: "Echoes of Revolution: Early Victorian Narrative and French Fictional models"
Peter Murphy, First: English, Williams College; Present: John Hawley Roberts Professor of English, Williams College
Dissertation: "Popular Charms: Popularity and its Influence on Some Romantic Literary careers"
Mark Anderson, Present: Professor, Germanic Languages, Columbia University
Marilyn Sides, Present: Senior Lecturer in English, Wellesley College
Peter Starr, Present: Professor of Literature and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, American University
Catherine Ingraham, Present: Professor of Graduate Architecture & Urban Design, Pratt Institute
Paisley Livingston, First: English Language and Literature, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Present: Professor of Philosophy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Timothy Conway Murray, First: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Cornell University; Present: Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Cornell University
Eric Cheyfitz, Present: Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters, Cornell University
David Marshall, First: Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University; Present: Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara
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