Columbia's Department of English and Comparative Literature has played a significant role in the history of literary study in the United States and abroad since its inception.  With a large faculty of renowned scholars and dedicated teachers, our department offers a wide range of courses, recognizing traditional values in the discipline yet reflecting its changing shape. For details about our graduate and undergraduate programs, faculty, courses, and upcoming events, follow the appropriate link on the navigation bar above.

The Department of English and Comparative Literature is delighted to welcome Professor Elizabeth Alexander, accomplished poet, essayist, playwright and scholar, to the Department as the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities.

Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities, Colm Tóibín, has been granted the Hawthornden Prize for his book, Nora Webster. Established in 1919, the Hawthorden Prize awards “imaginative literature” written by authors below the age of 41.

Professor of English and American Studies, Rachel Adams, has been appointed President of the Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference. She will serve for the 2015-2016 academic year.