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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: Promoted and Tenured

Michael Allan has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with indefinite tenure, effective September 2016. Michael’s well-deserved promotion crowns a year that saw the publication of his book, In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2016). Michael will be on sabbatical for academic year 2016-2017, working on his new project, which is tentatively titled Picturing the World: The Global Routes of Early Cinema.


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).