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David Bellos has a joint appointment in Princeton’s Department of French and Italian and the Department of Comparative Literature. He has worked in 19th- century studies, modern and contemporary French writing, the history of the book and film studies, and as the translator and biographer of the French novelist, Georges Perec.His book on translation, Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything, was published in 2011. He is currently writing about Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. Ph.D. University of Oxford.


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Denia Feeney Denis Feeney+ is Giger Professor of Latin and a professor of classics. He works on Latin literature and Roman culture, especially Roman religion and time. His current book project, "Roman Horizons," is about why Rome developed a literature in Latin. Ph.D. Oxford University.
Christine Fellbaum

Christiane Fellbaum+++ is a senior research scientist in the Department of Computer Science. Her interests include lexical semantics, computational linguistics, figurative language, and lexical databases. She teaches courses on computational linguistics and bilingualism. Ph.D. Princeton University.

Ruben Gallo

Rubén Gallo+ is an associate professor of Latin American literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures. His research interests include the avant-garde, psychoanalysis, and transatlantic exchanges between Mexico and France. Ph.D. Columbia University. 

Michael Gordin

Michael Gordin+ is a professor in the Department of History and director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies. His interests include history of modern physical sciences, especially in Russia and the Soviet Union, and Russian . Ph.D. Harvard University.

Tom Hare+ is William Sauter LaPorte '28 Professor in Regional Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature. He came to Princeton in 2001, having been an undergraduate here in the raucous ‘70s. He did graduate work at the University of Michigan (PhD, Far Eastern Languages and Literature, 1981) before moving to Stanford University where he worked in the Department of Asian Languages and, eventually, the Department of Comparative Literature. He works in Japanese drama and literature through the eighteenth century, Buddhism in Japanese cultural history, the music of Noh drama and ancient Egyptian literature and arts. His most recent book, Zeami, Performance Notes won the Kanze Hisao Memorial Prize in Noh Drama, awarded by Hosei University, in 2008.
Daniel Heller Roazen

Daniel Heller-Roazen+ is a professor of comparative literature and the director of the Gauss Seminars in Criticism. His research encompasses various aspects of classical, medieval, and modern literature and philosophy. Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University.

Joshua T. Katz

Joshua T. Katz+ is a professor of classics and director of the Program in Linguistics. He is a linguist by training, a classicist by profession, and a comparative philologist at heart. Ph.D. Harvard University.

Martin Kern

Martin Kern+ is a professor of East Asian studies who specializes in classical Chinese literature. His research interests include ancient poetry and poetics, formation of the early Chinese textual tradition, and relations between writing and performance. Ph.D. University of Cologne.

Alan W. Patten

Alan W. Patten+ is an associate professor of politics and chair of the Fund for Canadian Studies. His interests lie in the fields of political theory and language politics. Ph.D. University of Oxford.

Kim Lane Scheppele Eileen Reeves+ is Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature and an Associate Member of the Program in the History of Science at Princeton University. She took her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford.  She works at the intersection of early modern literary studies, the history of art, and the history of science. Much of her research has focused on the figure of Galileo Galilei and his relationship to astronomy, religion, optics, art, and a range of literary forms, including the scientific treatise and dialogue, poetry, dialect literature, journalism, and drama.  
Kim Lane Scheppele

Kim Lane Scheppele+ is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. She is also a faculty member of the Department of Sociology and serves as the director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program in Law and Public Affairs. Ph.D. University of Chicago.

Kim Lane Scheppele Esther Schor+ is a professor of English and the inaugural Behrman Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton where she has been teaching and writing since 1986. Her courses typically center on British Romanticism and on Literature, Scripture and Religion. For the past five years she has been conversing in Esperanto and currently has a forthcoming book entitled Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language. She is published widely and for many audiences. You can learn more about her work here.
Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith+ is a professor of English and currently serves as chair of the Renaissance Studies Committee. His interests include poetry; poetic theory; the social role of literature; literature, politics, and religion; literature and visual art; heresy and heterodoxy; radical literature; early prose fiction; women’s writing; journalism; censorship; the early modern public sphere; travel; and the history of linguistic ideas. Ph.D. University of Oxford.

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