University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Comparative Literature

Taper Hall of Humanities 161
(213) 740-0102
FAX: (213) 740-8058

Chair: Panivong Norindr, Ph.D.


Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French: Peggy Kamuf, Ph.D.* (French and Italian)

Professors: Dominic C.N. Cheung, Ph.D. (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Vincent Farenga, Ph.D.* (Classics); Akira Mizuta Lippit, Ph.D. (Critical Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures); Hilary M. Schor, Ph.D. (English and Law); William G. Thalmann, Ph.D.* (Classics); Daniel Tiffany, Ph.D. (English)

Associate Professors: Roberto Ignacio Díaz, Ph.D.* (Spanish and Portuguese); Erin Graff Zivin, Ph.D. (Spanish and Portuguese); Heather James, Ph.D. (English); Natania Meeker, Ph.D. (French and Italian); Panivong Norindr, Ph.D. (French and Italian); Antonia Szabari, Ph.D. (French and Italian)

Assistant Professor: Neetu Khanna, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Dan Leshem, Ph.D. (USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education)

Associate Professor (Teaching): Michael du Plessis, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Gloria Orenstein, Ph.D.; Albert Sonnenfeld, Ph.D.* (French and Italian)

Associated Faculty

Professors: Joseph A. Boone, Ph.D. (English); David E. James, Ph.D. (Cinematic Arts); Tania Modleski, Ph.D. (English); David St. John, M.F.A. (English); Alexander Zholkovsky, Ph.D. (Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Associate Professors: David Bialock, Ph.D. (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Margaret Rosenthal, Ph.D.* (French and Italian)

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

Degree Programs

The Comparative Literature Department offers the B.A. and minor in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural literary studies, including the study of various literary genres, periods and movements; literary theory; and interdisciplinary approaches to literature. The literatures and cultures represented in the department include: Western (European and American) and East Asian.

For M.A. and Ph.D. programs, see the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Department.