Faculty

The MACH program faculty comprises Brandeis professors from across the humanities spectrum. The diverse faculty is one of the program’s greatest assets and we encourage you to learn more about the people who will serve as your guides throughout your graduate career in the Faculty Guide.

Jerónimo Arellano
Jerónimo Arellano
Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; English; Latin American and Latino Studies; Romance Studies
781-736-3231 Rabb 238

Expertise: 20th- & 21st-Century Latin American Literature, Colonial Latin America, Screenwriting, Comparative Media.

John Burt
John Burt
Paul E. Prosswimmer Professor of American Literature
Departments/Programs: English, Division of Humanities Chair
781-736-2158 Rabb 141

Expertise: American literature, Romanticism, Composition, Philosophy of education, Literature of the American South, Poetry.

Mary Baine Campbell
Mary Baine Campbell
Professor Emerita
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; English; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Women's and Gender Studies
781-736-2146 Rabb 263

Expertise: Medieval and early modern literature and culture, 20th-century poetry, Poetry of women in English, Travel writing, History of science, Creative writing.

Stephen Dowden
Stephen Dowden
Professor of German Language and Literature
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; European Cultural Studies; German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature
781-736-3218 Shiffman Humanities Center, 211

Expertise: Modern German Literature and culture, European modernism, comparative literature (esp. comparing literature with other art forms), the novel as form, literature and philosophy, the avant-garde.

William Flesch
William Flesch
Professor of English
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; English; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Philosophy
781-736-2142 Rabb 139

Expertise: Shakespeare, History of poetry, Narrative theory, Literature and science, Film.

Dian Fox
Dian Fox
Professor of Hispanic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Departments/Programs: Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Romance Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
781-736-3203 Shiffman Humanities Center, 103

Expertise: Early modern Spanish drama, poetry, prose, and cultural studies, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, masculinity studies.

Professor Matthew Fraleigh
Matthew Fraleigh
Associate Professor of East Asian Literature and Culture
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; East Asian Studies; Film, Television and Interactive Media; German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature
781-736-3229 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 115

Expertise: Classical and modern Japanese literature and language, cultural and literary exchange between China and Japan, literature of travel, Sinitic poetry and prose in East Asia.

Xing Hang
Xing Hang
Assistant Professor of History
Departments/Programs: History
781-736-2361 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, 118

Expertise: East Asian world order, maritime East Asia, Eurasian comparative history, Ming-Qing transition, overseas Chinese, Chinese nationalism and identity.

Caren Irr
Caren Irr
Professor of English
Departments/Programs: English; Environmental Studies; Film, Television and Interactive Media; History of Ideas
781-736-2143 Rabb 142

Expertise: Theory, Film and media studies, Contemporaneity, The novel.

Patricia A. Johnston
Patricia A. Johnston
Professor of Classical Studies
Departments/Programs: Classical Studies; English; Religious Studies

Expertise: Latin and Greek Languages and Literatures, Latin: Vergil, Catullus, Ovid, Lucretius, Juvenal, Martial, Medieval Latin,
Greek: Sophocles, Presocratic Philosophers, Aeschylus, Euripides.
Other: Classical Mythology, Ancient Religion, Ancient Mystery Cults, Didactic Poetry.

Reuven Kimelman
Reuven Kimelman
Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Departments/Programs: Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
781-736-2963 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 208

Expertise: Talmud, Midrash, Liturgy, The History of Judaism, The Ancient Western Canon, Ethics of war and conflict.

Andrew Koh
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Classical Art, Archeology, and Chemistry. Co-Director of Graduate Studies for the MA Program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies
Departments/Programs: Anthropology; Chemistry; Classical Studies
781-736-2689 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 115

Expertise: Greek art & archaeology, Aegean prehistory, Bronze & Iron Age Mediterranean, archaeological & conservation science, GIS & digital applications in archaeology, cultural heritage & ethnoarchaeology of Crete, Silk Road, ancient craftsmanship & commodities, cultural hybridity.

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
Professor of Classical Studies and Co-Director of Graduate Studies for the MA Program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies
Departments/Programs: Anthropology; Classical Studies; Fine Arts; Italian Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Expertise: Roman Art, Archaeology, Civilization, Culture, Engineering, Technology, and Daily Life (including sanitation, toilets, and water systems), Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites near Mt. Vesuvius on the Bay of Naples, Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology, Latin Language and Literature, Mythology in Greek and Roman Art and Text, and Greek Language and Literature.

Robin Feuer Miller
Robin Feuer Miller
Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities and Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; English; European Cultural Studies; German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature
781-736-3192 Shiffman Humanities Center, 215

Expertise: The novel in Russia and Europe of the nineteenth century, The short story in Russia, The literature of childhood and children's literature.

John Plotz
John Plotz
Professor of English
Departments/Programs: English
781-736-2621 Rabb 264

Expertise: Victorian literature, The novel, Politics and aesthetics.

David Powelstock
David Powelstock
Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; European Cultural Studies; Film, Television and Interactive Media; German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature; History of Ideas
781-736-3347 Shiffman Humanities Center, 207

Expertise: Modern Russian Literature, Modern Czech Literature, Russian & Czech Languages, Comparative Literature, Literary Theory, Translation Studies.

Michael Randall
Michael Randall
Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; European Cultural Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Romance Studies
781-736-3204 Shiffman Humanities Center, 205

Expertise: Late Medieval and Renaissance poetry, prose, and philosophy, Italian and Comparative Literature, Modern politics and literature, detective novels.

Fernando Rosenberg
Fernando Rosenberg
Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; International and Global Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies; Romance Studies
781-736-3209 Shiffman Humanities Center, 109

Expertise: Modern and contemporary Latin American literatures and cultures, comparative literature, film and visual culture.

Rajesh Sampath
Rajesh Sampath
Associate Professor in the Philosophy of Justice, Rights and Social Change and Associate Director of the Master's Program in Sustainable International Development
Departments/Programs: Heller School for Social Policy and Management; South Asian Studies
781-736-5338 Heller-Brown Building, 157

Expertise: General topics in applied moral and political philosophy, philosophy of development, comparative religions, theories of justice, development ethics, philosophy of law, comparative constitutional law, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, theories of human rights and theories of democracy.

Ellen Schattschneider
Ellen Schattschneider
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies
Departments/Programs: Anthropology; International and Global Studies; Religious Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2219 Brown Social Science Center, 202

Expertise: Religion, Psychoanalytic theory, Memory and trauma, Anthropology of the body, Commodification, East Asia, Japan.

Nancy Scott
Nancy Scott
Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Departments/Programs: Art History; French and Francophone Studies
781-736-2664 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 210

Expertise: Art History, Modernism in Europe and America: Painting and sculpture from the French Revolution to mid-20th century.

David Sherman
David Sherman
Associate Professor of English
Departments/Programs: English; Health: Science, Society, and Policy
781-736-8214 Rabb 136

Expertise: Modernism, Contemporary British literature, Narrative theory, Ethical philosophy, Elegy.

Harleen Singh
Harleen Singh
Associate Professor of Literature, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; German, Russian, Asian Languages and Literatures; International and Global Studies; South Asian Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
781-736-8485 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 114

Expertise: Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Colonial Studies, South Asian Novel, Indian Film, Immigrant Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, South Asian Studies.

Ilana Szobel
Ilana Szobel
Assistant Professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature
Departments/Programs: Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
781-736-5230 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 313

Expertise: Modern Hebrew Literature, Israel Studies, Feminist Theory, Psychoanalysis, Trauma Studies, Disability Studies, Film Studies.

Jonathan Unglaub
Jonathan Unglaub
Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Departments/Programs: Fine Arts; Medieval and Renaissance Studies
781-736-2665 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 211

Expertise: Renaissance and Baroque art.

Cheryl Walker
Cheryl Walker
Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Departments/Programs: Classical Studies; English; Italian Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Studies
781-736-2190 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 215

Expertise: Greek and Latin literature, Roman and Greek history.

Pu Wang
Pu Wang
Helaine and Alvin Allen Chair in Literature
Departments/Programs: Comparative Literature and Culture; East Asian Studies; German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature
781-736-3287 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 118

Expertise: Modern Chinese literature and culture in comparative frameworks, critical theory and translation studies, cultural Marxism, aesthetic modernity in the 19th and 20th centuries, intellectual history of China, comparative poetics.

Aida Wong
Aida Wong
Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Chair in Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Departments/Programs: East Asian Studies; Fine Arts; German, Russian, Asian Languages and Literature
781-736-2670 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 212

Expertise: Chinese and Asian Modern Art