Sarah Cole

Sarah Cole

Research Interests


Sarah Cole is Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of Humanities. A specialist in literary modernism, she is the co-founder of the area-wide NYNJ Modernism Seminar. She teaches courses in literary modernism and other topics in the 19th and 20th centuries, including war and violence,  the body and sexuality,  Irish literature, and author focused courses on Woolf, Eliot, Wells, Joyce, and others. She is the author of three books, Inventing Tomorrow: H. G. Wells and the Twentieth Century (Columbia, 2019), At the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland (Oxford, Modernist Literature and Culture series, 2012) and Modernism, Male Friendship, and the First World War (Cambridge, 2003), and has published articles in journals such as PMLA, Modernism/modernity, Modernist Cultures, Modern Fiction Studies, and ELH, and in edited collections. 

Professor Cole has a longstanding interest in war, and as Dean of Humanities founded the Humanities War and Peace Initiative. She is currently working on a book about the imagining of futurity. 

Professor Cole was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her Ph.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley (1997) and her B.A. from Williams College (1989).