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) had her recently published Mesopotamia: Ancient Art and Architecture reviewed in The Daily Telegraph.

Read Holger Klein's (Art History and Archaeology) review of David M. Perry's Sacred Plunder: Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade in The American Historical Review.

John McWhorter (English and Comparative Literature) wrote article "Patience Is a (Sexual) Virtue;" read it at McWhorter was also featured in an article on the the continuous evolution of language in The Hindu, available here.

Ghalib: Selected Poems and Letters, translated by Frances Pritchett (MESAAS) & Owen Cornwall (MESAAS), is now available this March from Columbia University Press.  To learn more and to purchase the book, go to

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak spoke on "Destinerrance" at the Tunis International Book Fair (Foire Internationale du livre de Tunis) in Tunis on March 25. More information on the event is available here.




The French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation are now accepting proposals for the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Fund. This new program aims to encourage and support cooperation among the most promising young French and American researchers, and foster forward-looking collaborative research projects. The most innovative projects involving transatlantic mobility, collaborative research activities, the organization of joint workshops or conferences, the publication of joint articles, and the participation of younger researchers will receive the highest priority.  Deadline: April 9.

The Office of the Provost requests proposals for Hybrid Learning Grants. The Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant program provides support for faculty who are developing innovative and technology-rich pedagogy and learning strategies in the classroom. Instructors of selected courses will have access to resources and support from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for content development, instructional design, media production, assessment, and project management.  Deadline: April 3.





Sharon Marcus is Dean of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She specializes in the literature of nineteenth-century England and France, with an emphasis on the novel; theater and performance; architecture and urbanism; and gender and sexuality. She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999), which received an honorable mention for the MLA Scaglione Prize for best book in comparative literature, and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton: 2007), which has been translated into Spanish and won the Perkins Prize for best study of narrative, the Albion prize for best book on Britain after 1800, the Alan Bray Memorial award for best book in queer studies, and a Lambda Literary award for best book in LGBT studies. In 2009, with Stephen Best, she edited a special issue of Representations on "The Way We Read Now."

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