• Julie Peters

    H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature
    401b Philosophy Hall
    Office Hours:
    On Leave
    (212) 854 2472


    Professor Peters has two primary areas of interest: comparative drama and performance from the Renaissance through the twentieth century; and the literary and cultural dimensions of the law. She has taught courses on drama, theatre, and visual culture generally (ranging between the Renaissance and the twentieth century, and across Europe, Africa, and the Americas), as well as on concepts of text and performance, theories of drama and theatre, the history of film and media, and law and culture.  She has served as Co-Chair of the Theatre Ph.D. Program, Associate Chair of the English Department, Founding Director of the Columbia College Human Rights Program, and on the Board of the Center for the Study of Human Rights.  She has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Siena, and been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, American Philosophical Society, American Council of Learned Societies, Humboldt Foundation, and the Harvard University and Folger Libraries. Her publications include Theatre of the Book: Print, Text, and Performance in Europe 1480-1880 (Oxford UP, 2000) (winner of the ACLA's Harry Levin Prize, English Association's Beatrice White Award, and honorable mention from ASTR for the best book in theatre history), Women's Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives (co-edited, Routledge, 1995), Congreve, the Drama, and the Printed Word (Stanford UP, 1990), and numerous articles on the history of drama and performance and the cultural history of the law.  She is currently working on a two book projects: a study of theatre and anthropology between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries; and a historical study of legal performance and the law’s fraught relationship to its own theatricality.