An Incredible Asset

Yale for Life, with its emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching, seminar sessions, outstanding alumni who prepare impeccably, and innovative course topics, is proud to have attracted Yale’s most learned scholars – and its best teachers.  The passion and joy of Yale for Life participants, faculty and alumni alike,  has not gone unnoticed – our faculty not only return for subsequent years, but they assist us in recruiting more of Yale’s finest.  Our faculty frequently will stay in class for sessions taught by other faculty, and almost without exception, they join us for many of our meals and special events.  The result is that faculty are an integral part of the Yale for Life Community, and the special character of their interaction with alumni enhances the experience beyond measure.

Here, then, with pride, we present our lead and guest faculty.

Andy Lipka ’78 talks about the joys of the Yale for Life faculty.

Lead Faculty – “The Dark Arts of Civilization”

Lawrence Manley

William R Kenan Jr Professor of English

Lawrence Manley is the William R Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Yale University.  His fields of interest include the poetry, prose, and drama of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain, with emphasis on literature and society, theater history and performance studies, intellectual history, and the classical foundations of the English literary and critical traditions. He is the author of Literature and Culture in Early Modern London (1995) and Convention, 1500-1750 (1980), and the editor of London in the Age of Shakespeare: An Anthology (1986) and The Cambridge Companion to London in English Literature (2011). He has contributed to The Cambridge History of Literary CriticismThe Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature, the Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama, and The Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia.  His book with Sally-Beth MacLean, Lord Strange’s Men and Their Plays (2014), was awarded the Phylliis Goodhart Gordan Prize by the Renaissance Society of America.  Current subjects of research include Erasmus and More on war and peace, the manuscript of A tradegie called Oedipus,  the great hall screen at Lathom, Lancashire, and Shakespeare’s love duets.  Professor Manley taught in Yale for Life in the 2015 program, “The Renaissance,” and has led alumni on Yale Educational Trips to a variety of countries.

Emily Greenwood

Professor and Chair of Classics

Emily Greenwood is Professor of Classics and Chair of the Classics department at Yale. She trained at the University of Cambridge and then taught at the University of St Andrews in Scotland before joining the faculty at Yale in 2009. She specializes in ancient Greek prose literature of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, with a particular interest in historical narratives. Her initial interest in Classics grew out of curiosity about the circulation of ancient Greek and Roman works in so many different guises in the modern world and this curiosity continues to guide her research and teaching. In both she foregrounds questions of transmission, translation, adaptation and the role that different interpretative communities and traditions play in creating the works that we study. It is this interest in adaptation and the dynamic interrelationship between so-called “original” or “source” texts and subsequent versions which led to her collaborating with Larry Manley on a course on The Tempest and its versions. She has published books on Thucydides’ History (Thucydides and the Shaping of History, 2006), and on responses to the Classics in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (Afro-Greeks, 2010). Her current research projects include reading Thucydides as war literature, and a tentative, tropological encyclopedia of Black Classicism.

Professor Greenwood is a renowned teacher, and was selected to give the highly prestigious Keynote Address, “The University We Build,” to the incoming Yale freshmen in 2017.  This address can be viewed here.

Lead Faculty – “American Nationhood: North and South”

Charles Hill

Diplomat-in-Residence and Distinguished Fellow, International Security Studies

Charles Hill is a diplomat in residence and lecturer in International Studies at Yale University. He is a career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in a variety of roles such as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East at the State Department, Chief of Staff of the same, and executive aid to former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Dr. Hill has been a fellow at the Harvard University East Asia Research Center, a Clark fellow at Cornell University, and is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served as special consultant on policy to the secretary-general of the United Nations from 1992 to 1996. Dr. Hill has collaborated with former U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on Egypt’s Road to Jerusalem, a memoir of the Middle East peace negotiations, and Unvanquished, about U.S. relations with the U.N. in the post–cold war period. He is also the editor of the three-volume Papers of U.N. Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali, published by Yale University Press. His book “Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft and World Order” is published by Yale University Press. His “Trial of a Thousand Years: Islamism and World Order” is published by the Hoover Press, Stanford University. He received an A.B. degree from Brown University in 1957, a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960, and an M.A. degree in American studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961.

Professor Hill has taught undergraduates for a generation, including in the legendary Grand Strategies Program, and in Yale for Life in 2011 (Directed Studies: History and Political Thought), 2012 (Grand Strategies), 2013 (Grand Strategies), 2014 (Revisiting 1914-1945), and 2016-17 (World Order and the Meaning of History)

Steven B. Smith

Alfred Cowles Professor of Government and Philosophy

Steven B. Smith has taught at Yale since 1984. He has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science, Director of the Special Program in the Humanities, and Acting Chair of Judaic Studies and from 1996-2011 served as the Master of Branford College. His research has focused on the history of political philosophy with special attention to the problem of the ancients and moderns, the relation of religion and politics, and theories of representative government.

His best known publications include Hegel’s Critique of Liberalism (1989), Spinoza, Liberalism, and Jewish Identity (1997), Spinoza’s Book of Life (2003), Reading Leo Strauss (2006), and The Cambridge Companion to Leo Strauss (2009) and Political Philosophy (2012). His newly released book, Modernity and its Discontents, is now available. He is also the Co-Director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Representative Institutions (YSCRI) that focuses on the theory and practice of representative government in the Anglo-American world.

He has received several academic awards and prizes including the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize given by Phi Beta Kappa, but is most proud of receiving the Lex Hixon ‘63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences in 2009. He is a die-hard Yankees fan and hopes to be able to play for the team in the next life.  He has taught in Yale for Life in Directed Studies (2011) and The Enlightenment and Its Critics (2017)

Lead Faculty – “Histories of The Self”

Ayesha Ramachandran

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Ayesha Ramachandran is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and an affiliate of the Program in Renaissance Studies as well as the Program in the History of Science and Medicine. She received her PhD from Yale in Renaissance Studies, is a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and previously taught at Stony Brook University. A literary and cultural historian of early modern Europe, she pursues interdisciplinary research on literature, philosophy, cartography, visual culture and the history of science, focusing on the long histories of globalization and modernity. Her prizewinning first book, The Worldmakers (University of Chicago Press, 2015) provides a cultural and intellectual history of “the world,” showing how it emerged as a cultural keyword in early modernity. With a recently awarded Mellon New Directions Fellowship (2016), she hopes to expand this work and pursue research on cross-cultural contacts between Europe and the Indo-Islamic world in the early modern period. She has also published on Spenser, Lucretius, Tasso, Petrarch, Montaigne, on postcolonial drama and on the histories of religious fundamentalism and cosmopolitanism in various journals and volumes including Spenser Studies, MLN, Forum Italicum and Anglistik. Together with Melissa Sanchez, she is the co-editor of a special issue of Spenser Studies on “Spenser and The Human” which explores the poet’s complex relationship to the category of “the human,” by drawing on current discussions of humanism, posthumanism, and animal studies. Her new book manuscript in progress tentatively entitled, Lyric Thinking: Humanism, Selfhood, Modernity considers the role of lyric poetry in the shaping of the modern self.

Professor Ramachandran has taught in Yale for Life in “The Renaissance” (2015), and will also appear this year in “The Dark Arts of Civilization” as a Guest Professor.

Marta Figlerowicz

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Marta Figlerowicz is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English and and affiliate of Film and Media, Russian Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Educated at Harvard and at UC Berkeley, she is a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and the author of two books, Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character (Oxford, 2016) and Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature (Cornell, 2017). Her new book project, Myths of Obscurity, draws on media theory, philosophy, and anthropology to explore recent aesthetic responses to the digital age. All three projects examine representations and theories of self-awareness, knowledge, and expression. They focus on the twentieth- and twenty-first century but also look back as far as the Enlightenment, and range across literary genres, film, and the visual arts. Professor Figlerowicz has also published essays on subjects ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Soren Kierkegaard, in academic journals such as New Literary History and Poetics Today as well as non-academic venues including Cabinet, Boston Review, and n+1. She is the former chief editor of Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, and guest editor of a special dossier of symplokē. Professor Figlerowicz has taught courses on philosophies of the self, modernism, literary and critical theory, and global cinema; in 2017, she received the Poorvu Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching.

Guest Faculty – “The Dark Arts of Civilization”

Dudley Andrew

R. Seldon Rose Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Film Studies

Dudley Andrew is a pioneer in the field of Film Studies.  Raised in Southern California, he went to the University of Notre Dame to study English and Philosophy, writing a senior thesis on film aesthetics.  He took a Danforth fellowship to Columbia University, where he learned filmmaking and first encountered French film theory during the turbulent period of 1968.  He transferred to the University of Iowa because of its strengths in both Film Studies and literary theory, taking his doctorate In the English department’s Program of Modern Letters, while teaching film theory and history. In 1972 he accepted a joint position there in Film Studies and English, later shifting from English to Comparative Literature.  Film Studies was began to take off in the USA, in part due to Professor Andrew’s dissertation on André Bazin’s intellectual roots.  This topic has since funded many publications, and taken him frequently to France.  There his interests spread to periods before Bazin (books on the Popular Front period), and after Bazin  (the New Wave).   Andrew taught at Iowa for thirty years, directing the dissertations of many of today’s leaders in Film.  Coming to Yale in 2000, he soon established a doctorate in which Film Studies is combined with one of nine traditional disciplines.  By 2015 eighteen such doctoral degrees had been conferred, with thirty-five students en route.  Andrew chaired Comp Lit from 2009-2013, where he continues to work with graduate students on the French literary and philosophical milieu, or on issues that cross between Cinema and Literature (aesthetics, translation, hermeneutics, critical theory).  He has consistently taught undergraduate courses in World Cinema and in adaptation, as well as seminars related to the work of Bazin, whose complete works he curates in a dedicated archive at Yale. Andrew provides a link to French cinema’s illustrious past from his personal encounters with legendary figures like Renoir, Truffaut, Resnais, Rohmer, Marker. The French Cultural Ministry appointed him “officier de  l’ordre des arts et des lettres,” and in 2006 he was  elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In 2011 the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conferred on him its Lifetime Achievement Award.  He has taught in Yale for Life in 2015 (Revisiting 1914-1945).

Joseph Roach

Sterling Professor of Theater and English, Chair of the Theater Studies Advisory Committee and Director of Theater

A theater historian, stage director, and performance studies scholar, Professor Joseph Roach is the author of The Player’s Passion:  Studies in the Science of Acting (1985), Cities of the Dead:  Circum-Atlantic Performance (1996) and It (2007).  He is the editor (with Janelle Reinelt) of Critical Theory and Performance (2nd edition, revised 2007) and Changing the Subject:  Marvin Carlson and Theatre Studies, 1959-2009 (2009).  His publications have been recognized by the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association, the Barnard Hewitt Award in Theatre History, and the Joe E. Calloway Prize for Drama.  Before coming to Yale, he chaired the Department of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre at Northwestern University, and the Department of Performance Studies in the Tisch School of Arts at NYU.  He is the recipient of a Lifetime Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society for Theatre Research and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which funds the World Performance Project at Yale. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Warwick (UK) and the Fletcher Jones Distinguished Fellowship from the Huntington Library.He has served as Director of Graduate Studies in English and Chair of the Theater Studies Advisory Committee at Yale.

Gundula Kreuzer

Associate Professor of Music

Gundula Kreuzer studied musicology, philosophy, and modern history at the Universities of Münster (Westphalia) and Oxford, where she earned her Master of Studies and D.Phil. in musicology. She joined the Yale Department of Music in 2005. In both her writing and her teaching, Kreuzer approaches music from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives, such as social, cultural, and political history as well as theories of technology and multimedia. Her award-winning first book, Verdi and the Germans: From Unification to the Third Reich (Cambridge University Press, 2010), examines the changing impact of the popular Italian composer on German musical self-perception and national identity. In spring 2018, her monograph Curtain, Gong, Steam: Wagnerian Technologies of 19th-Century Opera will be published by the University of California Press. Merging theoretical and historical approaches to opera’s multimedia nature, the book examines how composers since the late 18th century increasingly tried to control certain aspects of staging by embracing specific stage technologies. Focusing on the cultural resonances and hermeneutic potentials of the titular technologies of the curtain, the tam-tam, and steam before, in, and beyond Wagner, the book ultimately develops a wider perspective on the nature and ephemerality of staged opera as well as the legacies of nineteenth-century efforts to “fix” productions in contemporary culture.

In other recent work Kreuzer has addressed the situation of opera in the digital age, challenged the centrality of the “Beethoven paradigm” in Germanic music historiography, and addressed the much-debated phenomenon of Regietheater. Together with Clemens Risi, she guest-edited a double issue of The Opera Quarterly (“Opera in Transition”; vol. 23/2-3, 2011), and she contributed to such encyclopedias as the Verdi-Handbuch (2001, rev. 2013), Wagner-Handbuch (2012), and the Cambridge Encyclopedias of Verdi and Wagner (2013). Her critical edition of Verdi’s instrumental chamber music for The Works of Giuseppe Verdi: Series V appeared with The University of Chicago Press and Ricordi in 2010. She also gained experience as a freelance radio presenter in Germany and has recently contributed to broadcasts on WNYC and the BBC. From 2006 to 2010 she was Reviews Editor of The Opera Quarterly, and she currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

At Yale, Kreuzer’s undergraduate courses include Introduction to the History of Western Music, 1800 to the Present; various introductions to the history and theory of opera; Listening in Paris; Performance: History and Theory; Verdi, Wagner, and Britten in 2013; Women on Stage. On the graduate level, her seminar topics include Reception Theory; Music in Nazi Germany; Opera and/as Multimedia; Wagner in and on Production; and Verdi at 200.

Kreuzer’s first monograph won the 2011 Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society, the 2012 Gaddis Smith International Book Prize of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, and the inaugural Martin Chusid Award for Verdi Studies in 2013. Among other grants and awards, Kreuzer has received the Paul A. Pisk Prize (2000) and the Alfred Einstein Award (2006) from the American Musicological Society as well as the Jerome Roche Prize (2006) from the Royal Musical Association. At Yale, she was awarded the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in 2010, was a Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center in 2010-11, and has been a Senior Research Fellow in International and Area Studies at the Macmillan Center since 2012.

Ayesha Ramachandran

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Professor Ramachandran is a lead professor in the Yale for Life 2017 course, “Histories of The Soul.”  Please see the lengthy biography provided above under Lead Faculty for that course.

Guest Faculty – “American Nationhood:  North and South”

Details on Guest Faculty for this course will be posted later in January.  However, we already know that the faculty will draw from Yale’s finest professors, in a range of areas that reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the Yale for Life program, as with all of our courses.

Guest Faculty – “Histories of The Self”

Tamar Gendler

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science.

Tamar Szabó Gendler is Yale’s inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science. She holds a BA summa cum laude with Distinction in Humanities and in Mathematics-&-Philosophy from Yale University (1987) and a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University (1996). After teaching at Syracuse and Cornell Universities for nearly a decade, she returned to Yale in 2006 as Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program. In 2009-10, supported by the Mellon Foundation’s New Directions program, she spent a year as a full-time student at Yale doing coursework in psychology, neuroscience, and statistics. In 2010, she was appointed Chair of the Yale philosophy department, becoming the first woman chair in the department’s two-century history. In 2013, she was appointed Deputy Provost for Humanities and Initiatives, a position she held until she assumed her current role.

Gendler’s research brings together the techniques of traditional Anglo-American philosophy with empirical work from psychology and other social sciences; her interests include the relation between imagination and belief, the contrast between rational and non-rational persuasion, and the role of habits in shaping behavior and judgment. Many of these issues are explored in her Open Yale course, Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature. As FAS Dean, and previously as Deputy Provost for Humanities and Initiatives, Gendler has focused on opportunities for collaboration and dialogue across traditional disciplinary boundaries within and across the divisions in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and across the university more broadly. She also has interests in education policy and practice, and worked for several years after she graduated from Yale as an education policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.

Dean Gendler has held Fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship Program in the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies/Ryskamp Fellowship Program, the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Mellon New Directions Program. In 2013, she was awarded the Yale College-Sidonie Miskimin Clauss ’75 Prize for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities

A Poynter Fellowship discussion with Dean Gendler can be found at: Truth in the Internet Age.

Carlos Eire

T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies

Carlos Eire, who received his PhD from Yale in 1979, specializes in the social, intellectual, religious, and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a strong focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of the supernatural, and the history of death. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1996, he taught at St. John’s University in Minnesota and the University of Virginia, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for two years.  He is the author of War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship From Erasmus to Calvin (1986); From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth Century Spain (1995); A Very Brief History of Eternity (2010); and co-author of Jews, Christians, Muslims: An Introduction to Monotheistic Religions (1997). He has also ventured into the twentieth century and the Cuban Revolution in the memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana (2003), which won the National Book Award in Nonfiction in the United States (2003) and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  His latest memoir, Learning to Die in Miami (2010), explores the exile experience.  A past president of the Society for Reformation Research, Carlos Eire is currently researching attitudes toward miracles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His latest book Reformations: The Early Modern World (2016) won the R.R.Hawkins Prize for Best Book of the Year from the American Publishers Association, as well as the award for Best Book in the Humanities.  All of his books are banned in Cuba, where he has been proclaimed an enemy of the state – a distinction he regards as the highest of all honors.

Richard Prum

William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and MacArthur Fellow

Richard Prum is an evolutionary ornithologist with broad interests in avian biology. He has done research on diverse topics, including avian phylogenetics, behavioral evolution, feather evolution and development, sexual selection and mate choice, sexual conflict, aesthetic evolution, avian color vision, structural color, carotenoid pigmentation, evolution of avian plumage coloration, historical biogeography, avian mimicry, and the theropod dinosaur origin of birds.

He has conducted field work throughout the Neotropics and in Madagascar, and has studied fossil theropods in China.

At Yale, he is the Curator of Ornithology and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He has previously served as Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2008-2011).

He is currently the Director of Franke Program in Science and the Humanities (, which is a new initiative at Yale that aims to foster communication, mutual understanding, collaborative research and teaching among diverse scientific and humanistic disciplines. The Franke Program sponsored lectures, events, workshops, and courses that span the major traditional division of the university. It is made possible by the generosity of Richard (‘53) and Barbara Franke.

Shawkat Toorawa

Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Department Chair

Professor Shawkat M. Toorawa received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught Arabic at Duke University, medieval French literature and Indian Ocean studies at the University of Mauritius, and Arabic and other literatures at Cornell University. He has also worked in a family import/export company in Kuala Lumpur and Port-Louis. He joined Yale as Professor of Arabic in 2016.

Toorawa’s scholarly interests include: classical and medieval Arabic literature, especially the literary and writerly culture of Abbasid Baghdad; the Qur’an, in particular hapaxes, rhyme-words, and translation; the Waqwaq Tree and islands; Indian Ocean studies, particularly Creole literatures of Mauritius and the Mascarenes; modern poetry; translation; and SF film and literature.

His books include: Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition (2001), co-authored with the RRAALL group; Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur and Arabic Writerly Culture: A ninth-century bookman in Baghdad (2005, paper 2010); a critical edition and translation of Adonis’s A Time Between Ashes and Roses: Poems (2004); the reference work, Arabic Literary Culture: 500–925, co-edited with Michael Cooperson; the edited collection, The Western Indian Ocean: Essays on islands and islanders (2007); an edited anthology, The City that Never Sleeps: Poems of New York (2014); and a critical edition and collaborative translation with the editors of the Library of Arabic Literature of Ibn al-Sa‘i’s Consorts of the Caliphs: Women and the court of Baghdad (2015).

Toorawa is a Director of the School of Abbasid Studies; a series editor of Resources in Arabic and Islamic Studies; on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abbasid Studies, the Journal of Arabic Literature, the Journal of Qur’anic Studies, and Middle Eastern Literatures; and an executive editor of the Library of Arabic Literature, an initiative to edit and translate the premodern Arabic literary heritage.

Jonathan Kramnick

Maynard Mack Professor of English

Jonathan Kramnick is the Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale.  His research and teaching is in eighteenth-century literature and philosophy, philosophical approaches to literature, and cognitive science and the arts. He is the author of three books. His new book, Paper Minds: Literature and the Ecology of Consciousness (Chicago, 2018), asks what distinctive knowledge the literary disciplines and literary form can contribute to discussions of perceptual consciousness, created and natural environments, and skilled engagement with the world. Portions have appeared in Critical InquiryRepresentations, and elsewhere. Before that, Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson (Stanford, 2010) considered representations of mind and material objects along with theories of action during the long eighteenth century. And before that, Making the English Canon: Print Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700-1770 (Cambridge, 1999) examined the role of criticism and aesthetic theory in the creation of a national literary tradition. His current research is on the aesthetics of designed environments, including the garden, the park, and the house. Finally, he is director of the Lewis Walpole Library and the editor (with Steven Pincus) of the Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History for Yale University Press.

Jill Jarvis

Assistant Professor of French

Jill Jarvis specializes in the aesthetics and politics of North Africa. Her first book, Untranslatable Justice: The Politics of Fiction in the Postcolony (Algeria 1962-2001), brings together close readings of fiction, film, and photographs with analyses of juridical, theoretical, and activist texts to illuminate both the nature of state violence and the stakes of literary study. She is also at work on a second book project, Signs in the Desert: An Aesthetic Cartography of the Sahara, which maps the Sahara as a site of material, intellectual, and linguistic exchanges that challenge both disciplinary boundaries and received notions of African studies. Other work appears in New Literary History, PMLA, and The Journal of North African Studies (forthcoming co-edited special volume).
In her teaching as well as her research, she is dedicated to questioning the assumptions of area studies and methodological orthodoxies.  Her work centers the aesthetic and the literary, making the case for literature as constitutive—rather than simply reflective—of political agency.

Robyn Creswell

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature4

Professor Creswell joined the Comparative Literature Department at Yale in 2014, after teaching two years at Brown University. He has taught courses on modern Arabic literature, art and revolution, and modernist poetry (in French, English, Spanish, and Arabic). He is currently finishing a book on the modernist poetry movement in Beirut in the 1950s and 1960s, which focuses on the work of the Syrian poet and critic Adonis.
In 2012, hw was a fellow at the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, where he worked on a translation of the Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim’s early masterpiece, That Smell and Notes from Prison (New Directions, 2013). He has also translated the Moroccan critic and fabulist Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Clash of Images (New Directions, 2010), from the French.  He is currently translating another book of Kilito’s, Adam’s Tongue, which explores theories of the origins of language in the classical Arabic tradition.
In addition to his scholarship, he regularly publishes works of criticism in The New York Review of Books, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere. For this work, he received the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism in 2013. He has been poetry editor of The Paris Review since 2011.