Emily Bloom Awarded 2017 MSA Prize for a First Book Winner

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Modernist Studies Association awards its Prize for a First Book to Emily C. Bloom's The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968 (Oxford University Press, 2016).

James Shapiro Wins 2017 NEH "Public Scholar" Award

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Despite calls for its elimination by the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities continues its mission to support new scholarship and education.  Over $1 million of NEH's $39 million 2017 budget has been set asside for projects by 28 "public scholars," including the Department's own Prof. James Shapiro, who will contribute to produce work directed at the general public. Prof. Shapiro will be working on a book about Shakespeare in America.

Robert Ferguson

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Our dear colleague and friend, Robert Ferguson, died on Saturday, July 1, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Robert was a distinguished and trailblazing scholar, a master teacher, a deeply engaged faculty citizen, and a devoted member of the Columbia Law School community. The George Edward Woodberry Professor of Law, Literature, and Criticism until his retirement in 2016, Robert joined Columbia University in 1989, holding a joint faculty appointment at both the Law School and in the English department for much of his tenure.

Jack Halberstam Appointed as Full Professor

Thursday, June 8, 2017

After spending the past year on campus as a visiting professor, Jack Halberstam is joining the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality as a full professor. “This is a dream job for me for so many reasons,” says Halberstam, “an exciting job in an exciting city with so many fantastic students and colleagues.

Lauren Robertson Appointed as Assistant Professor

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Department of English and Comparative Literature is pleased to introduce a new Assistant Professor of Early Modern and Renaissance Drama, Lauren Robertson.