Faculty Roster

Faculty Who Teach in the Humanities

  • Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies

    B.A., Universite Moulay Ismail (Morocco); M.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., Binghamton University

    I teach Arabic literature and language 

    More about Rachid Aadnani

  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Spanish

    B.A., University of Georgia; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

    Poet, human rights activist, literary critic. Interested in Jewish literature and literature of human rights in the Americas; women writers of Latin America; migration, identity, and ethnicity.

    More about Marjorie Agosin

  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies

    B.A., Williams College

    Focused on suiting the word to the action and the action to the word.

    More about Diego Arciniegas

  • Senior Lecturer in Writing and Anthropology

    B.A., Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, ON); M.A., Ph.D., McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)

    Research focuses on experimental ethnography, anthropology of exchange, Iceland, Micronesia and the Faroe Islands, as well as island cultural ecology and ghost towns.

    More about Justin Armstrong

  • Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

    B.A., Harvard University Extension School; M.A., Tufts University

    Research focuses on Italian language pedagogy and 20th century Italian cultural studies.

    More about Daniela Bartalesi-Graf

  • Professor Emerita of Education

    A.B., Radcliffe College; Ed.M., Ed.D., Harvard University

    Historian of education and of childhood, teacher education, and education reform; preschool policy and advocacy

    More about Barbara R. Beatty

  • Professor of Art

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Art Historian focusing on the art and visual culture of the United States. Interests include the intersection of art and science, ecocriticism, landscape imagery, sentimentalism, and Disney.

    More about Rebecca Bedell

  • Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art

    B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

    Art historian specializing in the art and visual culture of the late 19th-, 20th-, and 21st centuries. 

    More about Patricia Gray Berman

  • Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music

    B.Mus(Hons), Royal College of Music; M.Mus., King’s College, University of London; Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Scholarly interests focus on the music of French composers including Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Delage; the practice of ornament in French music and the visual arts during the early twentieth century; music and aesthetics; music and orientalism/exoticism/colonialism-decolonialism; and Sikh devotional music (Sikh Kirtan)

    More about Gurminder Kaur Bhogal

  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Professor Emeritus of English

    B.A., University of California (Riverside); A.M., Harvard University

    An award-winning poet, Bidart won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, 2018 National Book Award and was previously a finalist for both awards.

    More about Frank L. Bidart

  • Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Specializes in French culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the relationship between literary texts and the socio-historical contexts in which they emerged.

    More about Hélène Bilis

  • Catherine Mills Davis Professor Emeritus of Music

    B.A., Amherst College; M.M., D.M.A., Yale University School of Music

    Composer of concert music; historian of early modern music, especially music during the Cold War in relation to other arts.

    More about Martin Alan Brody

  • Associate Professor of English

    B.A., Queens College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Teaches modernism, contemporary American fiction and poetry, ethnic literature, and urban literature and photography.

    More about Kathleen Brogan

  • Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program

    B.A., Dickinson College; M.A., University of Sussex (Brighton, England); Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

    Interested in modern and contemporary American literature, the cultural study of science and technology, gender and women's writing, academic and professional writing, and film criticism and theory.

    More about Anne Brubaker

  • Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program

    A.B., Harvard College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Specialist in twentieth-century British and Irish literature; writer.

    More about Heather Corbally Bryant

  • Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English

    B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Expert in nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature;  Shakespeare; and modernism in the arts.

    More about William E. Cain

  • Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Haverford College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Interested in the political dimensions of human development, especially policies that promote education, employment, health, and dignity in Southern Asia.

    More about Christopher Candland

  • Associate Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Professor of linguistics; research interests include artificial language learning and acquisition of phonology.

    More about Angela C. Carpenter

  • Professor Emerita of Art

    B.A., Barnard College; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Primary research in the field of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting, with specialized work on Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rubens, and Rembrandt.

    More about Margaret D. Carroll

  • Michael and Denise Kellen '68 Associate Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., Howard University ; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Carter Jackson's research focuses on slavery and the abolitionists, violence as a political discourse, historical film, and black women’s history. 

    More about Kellie Cherie Carter Jackson

  • Associate Professor of Art

    B.A., Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge); M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Art and architectural historian specializing in the ancient Mediterranean.

    More about Kimberly Cassibry

  • Senior Lecturer in English

    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., City University of New York

    Author of two novels and a screenplay. Fields: fiction-writing, screenwriting, postcolonial studies and modern British literature.

    More about Margaret Cezair-Thompson

  • Senior Lecturer in Chinese

    B.A., Shanghai Teachers’ University; M.A., University of Iowa

    Interested in Chinese language pedagogy and second language acquisition.

    More about Dai Chen

  • Lorraine C. Wang Professor of English

    B.A., Amherst College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Poet and critic.

    More about Dan Chiasson

  • Visiting Lecturer in Art

    B.A., Ithaca College ; MFA., Indiana University (Bloomington)

    Painter working with the history, imagination and construction of female-centric communities.

    More about Genevieve Cohn

  • Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies

    B.S., Università degli Studi di Firenze; M.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., University of Southern California

    Scholar and activist around issues of peace and gender.

    More about Catia Confortini

  • Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

    B.A., University of California (Riverside); M.A., University of California (Santa Barbara); Ph.D., University of California (Santa Cruz)

    Engaged in research on Asian American visual history and Native American cultural studies including sacred horse cultures.

    More about Elena Tajima Creef

  • Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Expert on Caribbean literature and Caribbean intellectual history.

    More about Selwyn R. Cudjoe

  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in Spanish

    M.A.T. School for International Training/World Learning; Ph.D., University of Florida

    Engaged in research on teaching and learning processes.  Specializes in Spanish language and culture courses.  Teaches courses on diversity in education and classroom interaction.

    More about Veronica Darer

  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies

    A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

    Specialist of French cultural and intellectual history.

    More about Venita Datta

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

    B.A., Victoria University; M.A., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Works on philosophy of literature and moral philosophy, with a focus on personal narration, memoir and meaning in life.

    More about Helena de Bres

  • Professor Emeritus of Art

    Montserrat School of Visual Art, Diploma in Sculpture

    Sculptor known for public installations and sculptural work in stone.

    More about Carlos G. Dorrien

  • Professor of Classical Studies

    B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of California (Santa Barbara); M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Specializes in the literature and culture of Ancient Greece; teaches Greek drama and myth, and the theme of travel in literature.

    More about Carol Dougherty

  • Professor of Religion

    B.A., Stetson University; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Scholar of the history of Christianity and contemporary Catholicism with special attention to the Virgin Mary and to women’s spiritual writings.

    More about Sharon K. Elkins

  • Senior Lecturer in Russian

    M.A., Moscow University; Ph.D., Academy of Sciences Institute of World History (Russia)

    Teaches Russian language; Wintersession in Moscow Program Director; at Wellesley since 1998.

    More about Alla L. Epsteyn

  • Professor of American Studies

    A.B., Harvard College; B.A., M.A., Trinity College (Cambridge); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Interdisciplinary scholar with focus on American literature; biographer of the James family; historian of the Belle Époque.

    More about Paul Fisher

  • Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor Emeritus of Music

    A.B., Harvard College; M.M.A., D.M.A., Yale University School of Music

    Engaged in thinking and writing about the repertoire I perform as a pianist, and psychological and philosophical issues in music.

    More about Charles B. Fisk

  • Lecturer in Africana Studies

    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University

    African Diasporic cosmologies, sacred ontologies; Afro-Caribbean cultural expressions and identity; slavery and the Afro-Atlantic world; sacred sexualities and gender.

    More about Liseli Fitzpatrick

  • Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music

    B.A., Oberlin College; Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Research and Teaching Interests: Early Music, Women Composers, Symphonic and Chamber Music Repertoire, J.S. Bach

    More about Claire Fontijn

  • Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art; Professor of Art

    A.B., Radcliffe College; M.Phil., University of London; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Interested in building an interdisciplinary, feminist approach to architecture through research, teaching, and public education.

    More about Alice T. Friedman

  • Associate Professor Emerita of Women’s and Gender Studies

    B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A.R., Iliff School of Theology; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Ethics of US health care, health policy, and public health with emphases on gender, race, and class; bioethics; theories of justice; global health.

    More about Charlene A. Galarneau

  • Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies

    M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

    Academic focus includes authorship, textual strategies, and the fashioning of subjectivity. Passionate about teaching and her commitment to students.

    More about Marie-Cécile Ganne-Schiermeier

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

    B.A., M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Works on ancient Greek philosophy, with emphasis on ancient ethics and moral psychology.

    More about Corinne A. Gartner

  • Professor Emerita of Spanish

    Licenciatura, University of Madrid; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Researches topics from Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature and feminist studies, to Spanish postmodernism and Spanish and Mexican cinema; an educator who intends to teach a higher spiritual and ethical attitude toward life.

    More about Elena Gascón-Vera

  • Professor of Religion

    A.B., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Interests include the Jewish and Christian communities of the Roman Empire, women in the Biblical world, and the history of Jerusalem.

    More about Barbara Geller

  • Edith Stix Wasserman Professor in Asian Studies; Professor of History

    B.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., Yale University

    Historian of China/Inner Asia; research on intersection of empire and ethnicity in the 1700s, and on the links between business, state-building, and inequality in the 20th century.

    More about C. Pat Giersch

  • Professor of Classical Studies

    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Interests include gender, sexuality, and the erotics of place and time in the ancient world, as well as using Classics to foster interdisciplinary discussion.

    More about Catherine Keane Gilhuly

  • Associate Professor of English

    B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University

    Queer literary studies, including representations of HIV/AIDS; transatlantic Modernism, including the Harlem Renaissance; and the 20C Novel.

    More about Octavio R. González

  • Associate Professor of Japanese

    B.A., Westmont College; M.A., Columbia University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Focused on Japanese language, literature, and culture.

    More about Robert Goree

  • Evelyn Barry Director of the Choral Program; Senior Lecturer in Music

    B.A., Sonoma State College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Southern California

    Conductor of Choral Program, including Choir, Chamber Singers, and Choral Scholars.

    More about Lisa Graham

  • Associate Professor of History

    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Historian of early American and Native American history, English colonialism and cultural encounters, environmental history, and violence in American history.

    More about Katherine Grandjean

  • Associate Professor of Art

    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware

    Art historian examining African and African American identities, music, the body, and feminism in 20th century and contemporary art. 

    More about Nikki A. Greene

  • Associate Professor of History

    B.A., Beloit College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Historian of race, gender, and culture in 20th century U.S. with focus on African American business and visual culture.

    More about Brenna W. Greer

  • Associate Professor of History

    A.B., Harvard University; M.Phil., Cambridge University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Intellectual and cultural historian of early modern Europe.

    More about Simon Grote

  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., Cornell University; D.E.A., Ecole Normale Superieure & Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; J.D., Ph.D., New York University

    Specialist of contemporary French society. Interested in the media, gender and sexuality in France and the European Union.

    More about Scott E. Gunther

  • Associate Professor of Spanish

    B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Specializes in gender, race, and philosophy of language in colonial Latin American literature and visual culture; digital humanities and blended learning; history of clothing and of food; cultural exchanges between Eastern Europe and Latin America.

     

    More about Evelina Gužauskytė

  • Associate Professor of Spanish

    B.A., Soka University of America; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

    Specialized in 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; also interested in trans-pacific studies.

    More about Koichi Hagimoto

  • Senior Lecturer in Spanish

    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Specialized in 19th- through 21st-century literature with a focus on Hispanic American narrative and the literary and cultural history of modern Mexico, I am a bilingual scholar, book editor, translator and teacher.

    More about Nancy Abraham Hall

  • Associate Professor of German Studies

    A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Focuses on gender, identity, and subjectivity in German film, literature, and culture; teaches at all levels of German curriculum; research on independent films made in Austria in the 1930s and on Weimar cinema.

    More about Anjeana K. Hans

  • Professor Emeritus of German

    B.A., M.A., Tufts University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    A primary research interest of his has been German exile literature from the period 1933–1945, an area in which he wrote his dissertation and has published several articles. 

    More about Thomas S. Hansen

  • Elizabeth Christy Kopf Professor Emerita of Art

    B.F.A., M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

    Painter focused on representing both seen and unseen (observed by the other senses) elements of the environment.

    More about Bunny Harvey

  • Associate Professor of English

    A.B., Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Specialist in English Romanticism; teaches Romantic Poetry and other literature courses with an emphasis on poetry.

    More about Alison Hickey

  • Professor of Russian

    B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Oxford University; A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Interests include history of 19th-century Russian literature, Russian nature writing, and Russian music.

    More about Thomas Peter Hodge

  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies

    B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A., Brandeis University

    A professional scenic designer based in Boston.

    More about Janie E. Howland

  • Artistic Director Emerita of the Wellesley College Theatre

    B.A., Mundelein College

    Engaged in teaching and directing, original works, new scripts and classics. I am involved in the professional future of students.

    More about Nora Hussey

  • Lecturer in Portuguese

    B.A., University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth); M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Research interests include Contemporary Lusophone African, Brazilian and Portuguese Literature and Film in general, and the short story in particular. 

     

    More about Antonio M.A. Igrejas

  • Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology

    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    More about Jonathan B. Imber

  • Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program

    B.A., Haverford College; Ph.D., Yale University

    I am the director of the Writing Program and senior lecturer in writing.

    More about Jeannine Johnson

  • Associate Professor of Music

    B.A., Barnard College; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; Ph.D., New York University

    Composer, sound artist, and music scholar.

    More about Jenny Olivia Johnson

  • Assistant Professor of Art

    B.Arch, University of Houston; M.F.A, New York University

    Video and installation artist working at the intersection of landscape, history, and memory.

    More about Claudia Joskowicz

  • Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor of History

    B.A., Universiteit van Amsterdam; M.A., University of London; Doctoraal, Ph.D., Universiteit van Amsterdam

    African historian focusing on Somalia and Sudan with a long-term research and teaching focus on the history of Africa, the Middle East, and Islam in Africa; translator of historical and popular culture texts in Arabic and Somali.

    More about Lidwien Kapteijns

  • Professor of English

    B.A., Columbia University; M.A., Cambridge University (Clare College); Ph.D., Yale University

    Shakespearean engaged in bringing theatre and academia into greater dialogue; can also be found at home with kids or on soccer field.

    More about Yu Jin Ko

  • Professor of Religion

    B.A., Carleton College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    An educator and a scholar in the comparative and historical study of religion with a focus on Asia, as the word "Asia" is understood historically and broadly to include West Asia, South Asia and East Asia.

    More about T. James Kodera

  • Professor Emeritus of German

    Staatsexamen, Universität Hamburg; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Researching Goethe and Kafka; teaching across the curriculum; involved in college governance.

     

    More about Jens Kruse

  • Professor Emerita of Chinese

    B.A., National Taiwan University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Interested in China's contemporary issues, especially those concerning the Mongols and the Tibetans.

    More about Yuan-Chu Ruby Lam

  • Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities; Assistant Professor of Art

    B.A., Vassar College; M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art and Design

    Visual artist interested in the photographic representation of Latinx and immigrant communities.

    More about Kathya Landeros

  • Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

    B.A., University of Bari (Italy); M.S., University of Edinburgh; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York (Buffalo)

    In my research I examine representations of violence against women in world cinema and media. I am the Principal Editor of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, and I teach Italian culture and European cinema.

    More about Flavia Laviosa

  • Professor of Korean

    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Yonsei University; Ph.D., Ohio State University

    Director of Korean program; focused on Korean language and culture, particularly corpus-based linguistic analysis and learner corpus research

    More about Sun-Hee Lee

  • Anne Pierce Rogers Professor in American Literature; Professor of English

    A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Yale University

    My research and teaching span two areas, British eighteenth and nineteenth century prose fiction, and Asian American literature.

    More about Yoon Sun Lee

  • Margaret Clapp ’30 Distinguished Alumna Professor Emerita of French and Linguistics

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Professor of linguistics and French. Interested in language learning and speech perception and production.

    More about Andrea Gayle Levitt

  • Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Sociology

    B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Columbia University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    More about Peggy Levitt

  • Associate Professor of Art

    B.A., Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages (China); M.A., Southern Methodist University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Asian art historian and specialist in Chinese painting of the Song dynasty (960-1279).

    More about Heping Liu

  • Professor Emeritus of French

    B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Interests: intellectual history of the French Renaissance; confessional writing; post-war Paris; exploring the power of interactive media to teach language and culture.

    More about Barry Lydgate

  • Katharine Lee Bates and Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English

    B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

    Specialist in Chaucer, medieval dreaming, literary and cultural biography, cultural geography, gender, and food; advocate for the humanities and freedom of expression on campus.

    More about Kathryn L. Lynch

  • Lecturer in Art

    B.A., Brown University; M.A., Williams College; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Research focuses on the city of Venice, Renaissance to the eighteenth-century.

    More about Barbara Lynn-Davis

  • Senior Lecturer in Japanese

    B.A., Baika Women’s College (Japan); M.A., West Virginia University; Ed.M., Ed.D., Harvard University

    Co-director of Japanese program; interested in Japanese narratives, Japanese pedagogy, second language acquisition, and psycholinguistics.

    More about Yoshimi Maeno

  • Sophia Moses Robison Professor Emerita of Jewish Studies and History

    B.A., Skidmore College; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Director of Jewish Studies, research in Jewish and European history, founding member of Digital Heritage Mapping and Diarna project.

    More about Frances Malino

  • Elisabeth Luce Moore Professor of Christian Studies; Professor of Religion

    B.A., Dickinson College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Academic historian and public interpreter of religion in America during the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early National periods.

    More about Stephen Anthony Marini

  • Professor of Religion

    B.A., Cambridge University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    More about Louise Marlow

  • Professor Emerita of French

    Licence, Maîtrise, Université de Haute Bretagne (Rennes); Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    More about Catherine Masson

  • Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

    B.A., M.A., New Mexico State University; Ph.D., University of California (San Diego)

    Interests include Chicana/Latino literature and culture; and analysis of gender, labor, immigration, sexuality, and representation in cultural production.

    More about Irene Mata

  • Professor Emeritus of History

    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Japanese specialist focusing on Japanese imperialism, nationalism of the Meiji era, and the history of the Imperial Japanese Army.

    More about Y. Tak Matsusaka

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director, The Camilla Chandler Frost ’47 Center for the Environment

    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Researches and teaches the ethics, politics, and aesthetics of cultural heritage, art, and the environment.

    More about Erich Hatala Matthes

  • Elizabeth Christy Kopf Professor of Art

    B.F.A., M.F.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Visual artist working in a range of graphic media, i.e. prints, drawings, artist books, photomontages, and installations.

    More about Phyllis McGibbon

  • Margaret Clapp ’30 Distinguished Alumna Professor of Philosophy

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Professor of metaphysics, philosophy of language and law; also teaches logic and various seminars.

    More about Mary Kate McGowan

  • Virginia Onderdonk ’29 Professor of Philosophy

    B.A., M.A., Tufts University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Main interests: philosophy of mind, moral theory, the history of moral philosophy, especially 18th-century British moral psychology.

    More about Alison G. McIntyre

  • Professor of English

    B.A., Johns Hopkins University; M.A., University of California (Los Angeles); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Literary critic specializing in Victorian and American literature. Children's author.

    More about Susan L. Meyer

  • Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Studies

    B.A., Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Paris III

    Film Theory and Media Aesthetics, Media Ecologies, History of Ideas, French Culture and Intellectual History, Surveillance Studies, Environmental Humanities.

    More about Codruţa Morari

  • Senior Lecturer in Art; Director of 3D Arts

    B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art; M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art

    A visual artist interested in the tangibility of materials, the aesthetics and functionality of objects and the performance process of their creation and use.

    More about Andrew Mowbray

  • Professor of Art

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Specialist in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art.

    More about Jacqueline Marie Musacchio

  • Professor of English

    B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Interested in 18th-century British literature and culture, literary theory, and Milton.

    More about James William Noggle

  • Professor of German Studies

    Staatsexamen, Universität Tübingen; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Comparative Literary Studies and Chair of German Studies at Wellesley College. Research and teaching in the fields of comparative literature, Jewish Studies, media studies, and German culture and literature.

    More about Thomas Nolden

  • Grace Slack McNeil Professor Emeritus of the History of American Art

    B.Arch., Washington University in St. Louis; M.Arch. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Leading American architectural historian, author, lecturer, editor, and consultant who taught for many years at Wellesley College.

    More about James F. O'Gorman

  • Senior Lecturer in Art

    B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Yale University

    Specialist in Latin American art, focusing on modern Mexican art and architecture, through museum as well as academic projects.

    More about James Oles

  • Associate Professor of Art

    B.A., University of North Florida; M.A., University of South Florida; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

    Art historian focusing on 18th- and 19th-century Europe and South Asia, and visual cultures of colonialism, slavery, and global trade.

    More about Liza Oliver

  • Associate Professor of Art

    B.F.A., University of Washington (Seattle); M.A., M.F.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    New media artist interested in collaborative and interactive experiences using both traditional and experimental visual techniques.

    More about David Teng Olsen

  • Associate Professor of History

    B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Scholar of urban history and political culture in the Spanish Habsburg world.

    More about Alejandra B. Osorio

  • Professor of Italian Studies

    Laurea in Lettere, Universitˆ degli studi di Torino (Italy); M.A., Ph. D., Brown University

    Teaches Italian language and literature, literary theory, and writing; works as a translator.

    More about Sergio Parussa

  • Professor Emeritus of English

    A.B., Harvard College; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

    Tim Peltason was a member of the English Dept. from 1977 until his retirement in 2021, serving three times as chair of the department and from 2004-2009 as the first faculty director of the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities.

    More about Timothy Walter Hopkins Peltason

  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies

    B.A., Reed College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Engaged in studying French poetry in its relation to contemporary French, philosophy, aesthetics, and intellectual history.

    More about James Michael Petterson

  • Associate Professor of History

    B.A., University of Tennessee (Knoxville); M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Historian of slavery, space and governance in the 18th and 19th Centuries

    More about Ryan Alexander Quintana

  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies; Director of Theatre and Theatre Studies

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Antioch University

    As performer, teacher, director, and writer, I aim to strike a balance between irreverence, honor, gleeful failure, discipline, and fervor.

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  • Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literary Studies; Professor of Spanish

    Licenciatura, Universidad Central de Barcelona; M.A., Emerson College; Ph.D., Boston University

    Teaching and research focused on 19th, 20th and 21st century Spanish peninsular literature and cultural history.

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  • Associate Professor of History

    A.B., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Medieval historian of southern Italy and the Mediterranean, with special interest in the relationship between Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities.

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  • Associate Professor of History

    B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Scholar of urban history and urban economic and political development in South Asia.

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  • Associate Professor of Spanish

    B.A., Mount Holyoke College; A.M., Harvard University

    Language & Literature Pedagogy; social justice- race and class; Print & Audiovisual  Interactive Resources; immersion; study abroad; I am a teacher, author, editor and teacher-trainer

    More about Joy Renjilian-Burgy

  • Marion Butler McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas; Professor Emerita of Women’s and Gender Studies

    B.S., Cornell University; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Boston University

    Historian of American health care, women, race, and public health with a focus is on equality and ethics.

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  • Barbara Morris Caspersen Professor of Humanities; Professor of Art

    M.F.A., Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

    Visual artist doing work that attempts to understand the object quality of images.

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  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies

    B.S., Emerson College; M.A., Lesley College

    Passionate about developing and presenting creative works for the stage and film, bringing performance opportunities to artists of all ages, and producing community-focused events.

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  • Professor of English

    B.A., Wellesley College; J.D., Harvard Law School; Ph.D., Boston University

    Research and teaching focuses on the 19th-and 20th-century British novel.

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  • Professor of History and Classical Studies

    B.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of London; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Classicist and historian of Greek and Roman history, ancient religion and warfare, Alexander the Great, and Jewish History.

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  • Anne Pierce Rogers Professor Emeritus of American Literature; Professor Emeritus of English

    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Americanist, translator, performer (music, theater), verse-writer, pacifist.

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  • Lorraine C. Wang Professor Emerita of English

    B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Teacher and scholar of English and comparative literature.

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  • Associate Professor of Spanish

    B.A., University of the South; M.A., Ph.D, University of Kentucky

    Research and teaching center on 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and cinema.

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  • Professor of English

    A.B., Princeton University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Studies and teaches American poetry and film, focusing particularly on contemporary poetry and classic Hollywood cinema.

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  • Professor of Religion

    B.A., M.A., Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India); M.Div., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Interests include arts in religious/cultural history of South Asia; the divine and the human feminine in Hindu traditions; Gandhian thought and practices; the self and the other in South Asian philosophical traditions and history.

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  • Senior Lecturer in English

    B.A., M.A., University of Utah; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Teaching focuses on creative writing, mainly fiction and travel writing.

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  • Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas; Professor of History

    B.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., New York University

    Historian of modern Europe and the world.

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  • Lecturer in Korean

    B.A., M.A, Ph.D., Yonsei University

    Focused on Korean linguistics, language teaching, learner corpus, and dictionary. 

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  • Professor of Chinese

    B.A., Shandong University; M.A., Fudan University; Ph.D., Columbia University

    Specializing in modern Chinese literature and intellectual history, science fiction, youth culture, posthuman theories, and the Neo-Baroque aesthetics

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  • Theodora Stone Sutton Professor of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies; Professor of Classical Studies

    B.A., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Focuses on Roman literature and culture; law; the sociology of Roman literature and education; political communication; media studies; and Augustus.

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  • Professor Emerita of Africana Studies

    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Boston University; B.Litt., D.Phil., Oxford University

    Studies of global gender systems and hierarchies; Africa and African Diaspora; social and environmental justice; international consulting.

    More about Filomina Clarice Steady

  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in Spanish

    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

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  • Lecturer in Chinese

    B.A., Nanjing Normal University; M.A., Fudan University

    Specialized in teaching Chinese as a foreign language; also a translator of literary fiction from English to Chinese.

    More about Qiuyan Tang

  • Senior Lecturer in Japanese

    B.A., Kansai University (Osaka); Ed.M., Ph.D., Boston University

    Co-director of Japanese Program; study abroad advisor in Japan; applied linguist.

    More about Eiko Torii-Williams

  • Theatre Production Manager

    M.F.A., Purchase College (State University of New York)

    Theatre production lecturer, production manager, and professional set designer.

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  • Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies

    D.U.T., Institut Universitaire de Technologie, (Brest); M.A., State University of New York (Stony Brook); Ph.D., University of California (Santa Barbara)

    A specialist of the 19th-century French novel; interests include the French novel, pedagogy, cultural studies, and the autobiography.

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  • Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies; Professor of History

    B.A., University of Rochester; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Historian of Russia, current research on Russian historical memory of the Soviet past.

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  • Professor of Environmental Studies

    B.S., Washington and Lee University; A.M., Brown University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Researcher on the recent history of U.S. environmental politics and policy, including climate change, the clean energy transition, and public lands management.

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  • Associate Professor Emeritus of English

    B.A., Southwestern University (Memphis); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    Teaching interests include Southern literature, British cinema, and lyric traditions in gospel music.

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  • Professor of Spanish

    A.B., Columbia University; A.M., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Spanish literature, hagiography, gender issues, study-abroad theory and practice.

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  • Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

    Laurea in Lettere Moderne, University of Genova; Ph.D., University of Oregon

    Professor of cinema and media studies doing research on Surrealism, the Neo-Baroque, and the cinema of Raúl Ruiz, and teaching film history and European cinema.

    More about Maurizio S. Viano

  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in the Writing Program

    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., J.D., Boston College

    More about Lynne Spigelmire Viti

  • Associate Professor of English; Faculty Director, Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.Phil, Oxford University (St. John's College); Ph.D., Harvard University

    Interests include Renaissance literature, book history, and the history and theory of literary genre.

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  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

    B.A., University of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., University of Western Ontario

    Researches and teaches topics in early modern philosophy, with a focus on theories of human freedom and philosophical method in both rationalist and empiricist traditions. 

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  • Professor of Italian Studies

    B.A., University of East Anglia (England); M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

    Pier Paolo Pasolini; Carlo Levi; Piero Gobetti; Italian antifascist culture; 21st century Italian mystery writers; contemporary Italian narrative; postmodern narrative; narrative theory

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  • Associate Professor of Philosophy

    B.A., McGill University; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Researches at the intersection of philosophy of language and cognitive science, focusing especially on figurative language.

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  • Professor of Russian

    B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Teaches Russian language and literature; at Wellesley since 1994.

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  • Associate Professor of English

    B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D. Duke University

    Researches and teaches late medieval English literature, the history of race, religious and cultural conflict in the Middle Ages, and the modern literary and political uses of medievalism.

     

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  • Mayling Soong Professor of Chinese Studies; Professor of East Asian Studies

    B.A. Wellesley College; M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    I study traditional Chinese fiction, history of Chinese women's writing, history of the book in China, and missionaries to East Asia.

    More about Ellen B. Widmer

  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in the Writing Program

    B.A., University of Illinois (Urbana); M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

    Interests: language, writing, media, film. How students learn to write; how writing differs across settings; electronic discourse.

    More about Winifred Jane Wood

  • Senior Lecturer in Chinese

    B.A., Nanjing University; M.A., Clark University

    Interests include language teaching methodology, cross-cultural communication, Chinese pedagogical grammar, and language and culture.

    More about Weina Zhao

  • Lecturer in Arabic Language

    B.A., M.A., University of Michigan

    Teacher of Arabic language; aligns Arabic teaching pedagogy with current research in second language acquisition.

    More about Dan Zitnick