Sarah Mead
Department Chair
Professor of the Practice of Music
781-736-2935 Slosberg Music Center, Room 229
Areas of Expertise: Historical Performance Practice, 16th-century Music Theory, Viola da Gamba, Lyra-viol, Renaissance ensembles, Baroque chamber music, choral conducting.
Jonathan P. Decter
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies
781-736-2960 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Room 210
Areas of Expertise: Jews of the Islamic World, Medieval Hebrew Literature, Medieval Jewish Studies, Sephardic Studies, Medieval Jewish Thought.
Karen Desmond
Assistant Professor of Music
Areas of Expertise: Medieval music and theory and its intellectual contexts; the writings and music of Jehan des Murs, Philippe de Vitry, Jacobus de Montibus and Guillaume de Machaut; manuscripts, paleography, notation, and digital editions; digital musicology; Schubert’s songs; popular music.
William Flesch
Professor of English
781-736-2142 Rabb Graduate Center, Room 139
Areas of Expertise: Poetry. Renaissance. Romanticism. Theory. Literature and Philosophy. Film, Behavioral Economics, Cognitive Studies.
William E. Kapelle
Associate Professor of History
781-736-2279 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, Room 120
Areas of Expertise: Roman and Medieval history.
Charles McClendon
Sidney and Ellen Wien Professor in the History of Art
781-736-2663 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 209
Areas of Expertise: The art and architecture of western Europe in Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the early modern period.
Michael Randall
Professor of French and Comparative Literature
781-736-3204 Shiffman Humanities Center, Room 109
Areas of Expertise: Late Medieval and Renaissance poetry, prose, and philosophy. Italian and Comparative Literature. Modern politics and literature, detective novels.
Govind Sreenivasan
Associate Professor of History
781-736-2277 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, Room 117
Areas of Expertise: Early modern European history, especially Germany. World History.
Ramie Targoff
Professor of English
781-736-2148 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 107
Areas of Expertise: Renaissance English and Italian literature. Shakespeare. Religion and literature. Renaissance women's literature.
Jonathan W. Unglaub
Associate Professor of Fine Arts
781-736-2665 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 211
Areas of Expertise: Renaissance and Baroque art.
Cheryl L. Walker
Associate Professor of Classical Studies
781-736-2190 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 215
Areas of Expertise: Greek and Latin literature; Roman and Greek history.


Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and Director of the Arabic Language Program
781-736-2071 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Room 206
Areas of Expertise: Islamic Thought, particularly Islamic theology, law, and jurisprudence. Arabic language (Qur'anic, classical & modern) and Classical Arabic literature & poetry.
ChaeRan Yoo Freeze
Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2987 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Room 312
Areas of Expertise: Jewish History, Women's and Gender Studies.
Arthur Holmberg
Blanche, Barbara and Irving Laurie Professor of Theater Arts
781-736-3345 Spingold Theater Center, Room 6
Areas of Expertise: American Drama and American Studies. Dramatic Literature. Theater History. Performance Theory. Avant-Garde Theater. Playwriting. Dramaturgy. Theater Criticism. Gender Studies. Men's Studies. Media Studies. Visual Studies. Comparative Literature.
James Mandrell
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Film Studies
781-736-3215 Rabb Graduate Center, Room 130
Areas of Expertise: Modern and contemporary Spanish and comparative literature, film, and culture; US film and popular culture.
Eugene R. Sheppard
Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought
781-736-2965 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Room 307
Areas of Expertise: Modern European Jewish intellectual history, history of Jewish nationalism and zionism, modern European intellectual history and the history of continental philosophy. A special interest in modern German Jewish thought, and the impact of European Jewish refugees on the American, European, and Israeli public sphere as well as the academy.