Division of Humanities

The world-class faculty who cover the expansive intellectual terrain of the departments and programs in the Humanities division of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are dedicated to the study of who we are, what we are, and what we might become. They are experts in languages, cultures, and traditions, who think critically about our globalized world and the societal issues that arise out of it. Through collaboration, research, and teaching, they create conversations around the most pressing questions that humankind has addressed from antiquity to the 21st century.

The divisional dean of the Humanities is Kathryn Lofton.

In the list of Humanities units below, programs are labeled as such, and those marked with † are cross-divisional.

Departments & Programs

African American Studies†

Jacqueline Goldsby

Chair

American Studies (Program)†

Michael Denning

Chair

Classics

Christina Kraus

Chair

Comparative Literature

Martin Hägglund

Chair

English

Jessica Brantley

Chair

Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (Program)†

Alicia Schmidt Camacho

Chair

Film and Media Studies (Program)

John Durham Peters

Chair

French

Pierre Saint-Amand

Chair

History

Alan Mikhail

Chair

History of Art

Timothy Barringer

Chair

Humanities (Program)

Bryan Garsten

Chair

Italian Studies

Jane Tylus

Chair

Music

Ian Quinn

Chair

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Shawkat M. Toorawa

Chair

Kevin van Bladel (AY2020-21)

Acting Chair

Philosophy

Verity Harte

Chair

Religious Studies

Frank Griffel

Chair

Spanish and Portuguese

Jesus Velasco

Chair

Additional Programs

Judaic Studies (Program)

Maurice Samuels

Chair