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The home of the premier journal in the field, and the first program on the West Coast to offer the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, our department provides a point of convergence for the most exciting lines of inquiry within the Humanities and beyond. Our mission is that of giving shape and shelter to a conversation whose participants are drawn not only from the various departments of language and literature (English, Romance, East Asian, Classics, Russian, German and Scandinavian) but also from Philosophy, History, Art History, Cinema Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Journalism and Communication, and Music.


2016 Nomad Undergraduate Conference

Saturday, May 14

10:00 am to 5:10 pm, Gerlinger Alumni Lounge

The Nomad Mentorship Program’s “Threshold” year has come to fruition. Since Fall term, undergraduate participants have worked one-on-one with mentors to develop and present their own research. The conference showcased their work, which will appear in nomad, our journal of undergraduate writing. Contact us at


Michael Allan Awarded Petrone Fellowship

Michael Allan has been appointed as a David. M and Nancy L. Petrone Faculty Scholar. The award is given to individuals whose achievements in research and teaching are highly valued at the UO and who personify the mission of teaching, research, and service to the University community. The fellowship, which includes a substantial stipend, is renewable for up to three years. The appointment comes in the wake of Michael’s promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with indefinite tenure, effective September 2016. This well-deserved promotion crowns a year that saw the publication of his book,



Bess Myers receives the Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship

Bess Myers is the recipient of the Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship for 2016-2017, which is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. Bess, whose focus is rhetoric, is working on a dissertation tentatively titled “Mourning in America: Public Eulogy After 9/11,” which concerns the primary functions of eulogy—pedagogical, deliberative, and unifying—with respect to speeches given by recent and current American presidents (George W. Bush, Barak Obama).