Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Division of Humanities




Columbia University’s thirteen humanities departments are among the pillars upholding the stellar reputation of both the College and the University. Long known for housing a remarkable array of public intellectuals, Columbia humanities departments bring the world’s best art and ideas to the attention of those within the university and beyond. In 2014-15, the humanities faculty identified key areas for innovation. Some of these proposed changes will strengthen traditional areas of excellence; others will allow us to expand into important emerging areas. Our goal for the next decade is to make the humanities more digital, more public, and more global.




Zainab Bahrani (Art History and Archaeology) was one of 20 experts asked by the New York Times to share their ideas on keeping the Met relevant as it approaches its 150th year.

Lydia H. Liu (ICLS, EALAC) has been named the Frank M Updike Memorial Scholar by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program for 2017-2018.

Jeremy Dauber (Germanic Languages, IIJS) wrote for the New York Times on Jerry Lewis's contribution to Jewish comedy.

Thomas Austin Graham (English and Comp Lit) was named in the "Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction" roundup in Mariner's The Best American Essays 2016 for "Songs of the Century."




Funded in 2017-2018 by the Office of the Executive Vice-President of the Arts & Sciences, the Heyman Center Fellowships provide four junior and four senior Columbia faculty with course relief during the academic year in order to conduct research and to participate in a regular weekly seminar.  Faculty Deadline: September 4, 2017.  Grad Student Deadline: October 16, 2017.

The Dan David Prize (sponsored by Tel Aviv University) has announced three themes for its 2018 competition: History of Science, Bioethics, and Personalized Medicine.  Deadline: November 30, 2017.