Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Sharon Marcus
Dean of Humanities

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."

Recent publications include essays in PMLA, Victorian Studies, Social Research, Theatre Survey, The Blackwell Companion to Comparative Literature, and The Cambridge History of Victorian Literature. She is the editor of a special issue of Public Culture on "Celebrities and Publics in the Internet Era" (2014) and a founder and Editor in Chief of Public Books, an online review of books, arts, and ideas. A fellow of the New York Institute for Humanities, Marcus is also on the advisory boards of the journals Nineteenth-Century Literature, Public Culture, and the Revue d'histoire moderne et contemparaine. The recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and ACLS fellowships, and, at Columbia, a Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, she is currently writing a book about theatrical celebrity in the nineteenth century.

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Vina Tran
Associate Director of Decanal Affairs

Vina Tran is the Associate Director for Decanal Affairs in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. She has a decade of experience working in higher education. Prior to joining the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, she worked at the Women Creating Change initiative at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuaity, and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. She has designed print/online communications and websites for a variety of Columbia departments, organizations, and creative professionals. She is also the web editor of the The Wide Shore, an online journal of global women's poetry.She received her B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Women's Studies from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Studies from the University of Manchester.


Divisional Contacts 


Fred Palm
Chief Administrative and Academic Affairs Officer

Phone:  + 212 854 5922

Margaret Edsall
Associate Vice President for Academic Planning

Phone: + 212 854 5922

Denise Pineda
Adminstrative Coordinator

Phone:  +212 854 8908