Faculty

The ECS faculty, drawn from the spectrum of disciplines in the liberal arts, has come to the program in the spirit of Brandeis' commitment to connected learning: the idea that the various disciplines are linked together to form a larger whole.

Please note that ECS students are not limited to courses taught by committee members.

Committee Members

Stephen Dowden

Stephen Dowden, Chair and Undergraduate Advising Head
German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature
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.

John Burt

John Burt
English
Expertise: American literature. Romanticism. Composition. Philosophy of education. Literature of the American South. Literature of the Civil War, Poetry. Interested in American poetry, in the way it faces questions of transcendence and value, identity and morality.

Arthur Holmberg

Arthur Holmberg
Theater Arts
Expertise: American Drama and American Studies. Dramatic Literature. Theater History. Performance Theory. Avant-Garde Theater. Playwriting. Practical Dramaturgy. Theater Criticism. Critical Writing and Journalism. Gender Studies. Men's Studies. Film Studies. Visual Studies. Comparative Literature. Critical Writing and Journalism. Theories of Sexuality.

Jytte Klausen

Jytte Klausen
Department: Politics
Expertise: Domestic terrorism. Islam in the West. Immigration and social cohesion. Europe.

Robin Feuer Miller

Robin Feuer Miller*
German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature
Expertise: The novel in Russia and Europe of the nineteenth century. The short story in Russia. The literature of childhood and children's literature.

Michael Randall

Michael Randall*
Romance Studies
Expertise: Late Medieval and Renaissance poetry, prose, and philosophy. Italian and Comparative Literature.

Palle Yourgrau

Palle Yourgrau
Philosophy
Expertise: Philosophy of language. Philosophy of mathematics. Philosophy of space and time. Simone Weil. Plato. Aristotle.

Nancy Scott

Nancy Scott
Fine Arts
Expertise: Art History. Modernism: European art from the French Revolution to World War II, and American art in the early 20th century.

Eugene Sheppard

Eugene Sheppard
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Expertise: Modern European Jewish intellectual history, history of Jewish nationalism and zionism, modern European intellectual history. 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.

*Affiliated faculty (contributing to the curriculum, advising and administration of the department or program)