Faculty

James Eli Adams

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

S.B., Literature and Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977); B.A., Oxford (Rhodes Scholar, 1979); Ph.D., Cornell (1987).  James Eli Adams came to Columbia in 2009 from Cornell; he previously taught at Indiana University and the University of Rochester.  He writes on a wide range of Victorian literature and culture, but he is best known for his work on gender and sexuality in Victorian literature.  He is the author of Dandies and Desert Saints: Styles of Victorian Masculinity (Cornell, 1995) and A History of Victorian Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), each of which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book.  He co-edited, with Andrew Miller, Sexualities in Victorian Britain (Indiana, 1996), and served as general editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era(Grolier, 2004).  His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many journals and collections, including Victorian Studies, ELH, Studies in English Literature, Victorian Poetry, Journal of the History of Ideas, the Blackwell Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture, Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel, Contemporary Dickens, and Muscular Christianity: Embodying the Victorian Age.  He is a past Chair of the Executive Committee of the MLA Division for the Victorian Period, and a past President of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association.  From 1993-2000 he co-edited Victorian Studies, where he remains a member of the Advisory Board.  He is currently at work on a project entitled The Uses of Inheritance: Identity and Agency in Britain, 1789-1895.

Joseph Albernaz

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Joseph Albernaz specializes in the literature, especially poetry, of the Romantic period (late 18 th and early 19 th centuries), with a particular interest in the legacies of Romanticism across a number of theoretical and critical domains. His main current project traces new formations of community, ecology, and the everyday in Romantic literature and its twentieth-century and contemporary afterlives. An essay on John Clare from this work has appeared in European Romantic Review. He is also beginning work on a second book project that examines the political theology of sacrifice and theodicy in Romanticism and contemporary theory, especially in relation to race and slavery. Other ongoing projects include a theoretical study of the concept of rhythm, a suite of essays on the philosopher Hans Blumenberg, and translations from French and German.

Teodolinda Barolini

Da Ponte Professor of Italian
Columbia University

Teodolinda Barolini is Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian at Columbia University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), the American Philosophical Society (2002), and the Medieval Academy of America (2000).

Felice Italo Beneduce

Lecturer in Italian
Columbia University

Felice Italo Beneduce is Lecturer in the Department of Italian at Columbia University. His scholarly interests include the fantastic in contemporary Italian literature and cinema; Italian-American literature and cinema; Immigrant Literature in Italy; Cultural and Translation Studies; Primo Levi and Judaic Italian Studies; the phenomenon of return immigration to Italy; and Sequential Art. His current research examines how the trauma of anti-Semitism in Italian society between 1938 and 1998 was expressed in the fantastic literature of Jewish Italian authors such as Primo Levi and Antonio DeBenedetti. Beneduce is a passionate teacher and feels his role to be as a bridge between the Italian, American and Italian-American cultures. To this extent, he conveys to his students - by means of a constant dialogue with them - the tradition of respect and a willingness to learn from the Other. His philosophy in teaching is grounded in the establishment of a connection with students that goes beyond the classroom, gladly devoting to them individual time and assistance. In the past he has taught courses on Italian Romanticism, Neo-Realism, Theater, "The Italian/American Experience in Literature and Film", "The Women of the Decameron", "20th Century Jewish Italians as Historic and Literary Figures" and "The Italian Short Story of the 20th Century." Prior to joining Columbia University, Beneduce taught Italian literature and cinema and Italian-American literature and cinema at Trinity College, the University of Connecticut, Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island. He earned his Ph.D in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut where he earned his M.A. in the same field. He also holds a laurea in Italian/English Translation Studies from the University of Trieste (Italy).

Denise Cruz

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Professor Cruz uses spatial and geographic formations (from the transpacific, to the regional, to the Global South) to examine previously unstudied archives (from the first works of English literature by Filipina and Filipino authors, to private papers that document connections between the Midwest and U. S. empire, to fashion shows in Manila). She contends that this combined analytical and archival approach extends our understanding of the importance of national, regional, transnational, and global dynamics in North America, the Philippines, and Asia

Katherine Ewing

Professor of Religion
Columbia University

Katherine Pratt Ewing, Professor of Religion, is also Coordinator of the Master of Arts Program in the South Asia Institute. Until 2010, she was Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Religion at Duke University, where she served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies. In 2010-2011 she was Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison before moving to Columbia’s Religion Department in 2011. Her research ranges from debates among Muslims about the proper practice of Islam in the modern world to sexualities, gender, and the body in South Asia. She has done ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan, Turkey and India, and among Muslims in Germany, The Netherlands, and the United States.

Wael Hallaq

Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, MESAAS
Columbia University

Wael B. Hallaq is a scholar of Islamic law and Islamic intellectual history. His teaching and research deal with the problematic epistemic ruptures generated by the onset of modernity and the socio-politico-historical forces subsumed by it; with the intellectual history of Orientalism and the repercussions of Orientalist paradigms in later scholarship and in Islamic legal studies as a whole; and with the synchronic and diachronic development of Islamic traditions of logic, legal theory, and substantive law and the interdependent systems within these traditions.

Joseph Howley

Associate Professor of Classics
Columbia University

Joseph A. Howley joined the department in 2011 after earning a PhD in Latin (2011) and an M Litt in Ancient History (2007) from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  He also holds a BA (2006) in Ancient Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).  He teaches Latin, Book History, and Columbia’s Literature Humanities course.  He was a 2014-2016 Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School, and is Secretary of RBS’s Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography.