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Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Timothy Brennan
Professor
204 Nicholson Hall
612-626-1638
brenn032@umn.edu
19th and 20th century comparative literature, postcolonial theory, cultural theory, globalization, music Tues. 1:00–3:00 p.m., or by appointment
Robert (Robin) Brown
Associate Professor
206 Nicholson Hall
612-624-8878
brown004@umn.edu
Cultural studies of science and technology, rhetoric, literacy and critical pedagogy By appointment
Tony C. Brown
Associate Professor
235C Nicholson Hall
612-626-6123
tcbrown@umn.edu
Philosophy, literary, aesthetic and political theory, Enlightenment philosophy and anthropology, statelessness, the new world, the South Pacific, colonial and postcolonial literature and theory Mon., Wed. 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Cesare Casarino
Professor
235A Nicholson Hall
612-625-4571
casarino@umn.edu
Philosophy, cinema, literature, queer theory 1:00–3:00 p.m. or by appointment
Michael Gallope
Assistant Professor
210 Nicholson Hall 
mgallope@umn.edu
Music and sound, continental philosophy and critical theory, visual culture, Black/African diaspora, theories of modernism Mon., Wed. 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Keya Ganguly
Professor
222 Nicholson Hall
612-625-5871
gangu003@umn.edu
Critical theory, film, postcolonialism, politics and practice of ethnography, sociology of culture Tues., Thurs. 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Margaret D. Hennefeld
Assistant Professor
146B Nicholson Hall
612-625-8450
mhennefe@umn.edu
Comedy and humor, feminist theory and gender politics, silent cinema, film history and film theory, critical theory and cultural politics, film and popular culture  
Richard Leppert
Regents Professor
226 Nicholson Hall
612-624-4354
leppe001@umn.edu
Music, visual culture, critical theory, aesthetics, history of modernity Tues., Thurs. 11:00–11:45 a.m. or by appointment
Alice Lovejoy
Assistant Professor
146A Nicholson Hall
612-624-8099
alovejoy@umn.edu
Film history, historiography, nonfiction, experimental film, East Central European film, literature, cultural history Wed. 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Laurie J. Ouellette
Associate Professor
254 Ford Hall, 612-626-8517
208 Nicholson, 612-624-3527
ouell031@umn.edu
Television studies, documentary and reality TV, media and citizenship, media and consumer culture, media historiography, feminist media and cultural studies Wed. 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or by appointment
Thomas Pepper
Associate Professor
220 Nicholson Hall
612-624-8099
tapepper@umn.edu
Psychoanalytic theory, gender, textual theory, philosophy of language  
Shaden M. Tageldin
Associate Professor
218 Nicholson Hall
612-625-8445
tageldin@umn.edu
Empire and postcolonial studies, critical translation studies, 19th and 20th century comparative literature and literary historiography in English, Arabic, and French.   

Affiliate Faculty

Name Contact Specialty
Hakim Abderrezak
French & Italian
Comparative Literature
303C Folwell Hall
612-624-1074
abder002@umn.edu
Maghrebi & Beur literature; cinema and music; representations of clandestine migrations in Arabic, French and Spanish; the contemporary Western Mediterranean; francophone studies
Jane M. Blocker
Art History
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
405 Heller Hall
612-625-1549
block023@umn.edu
20th century theory and criticism, contemporary art, critical theory, performance art, transgenic art, theories of representation, theories of witness, the body in art, historiography, feminism, alternative media
Maria M. Brewer
French & Italian
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
303D Folwell Hall
312-624-1361
mbrewer@umn.edu
20th and 21st century French literature and critical thought, modern and contemporary theater in France, French theater of the diaspora
Juliette Cherbuliez
French & Italian
Comparative Literature
309B Folwell Hall
612-624-3473
cherbuli@umn.edu
Huguenot literature; 17th century libertinage; ethics and experience of violence; 17th century French literature and culture, especially drama and the novel
Siobhan S. Craig
English
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
50H Lind Hall
612-625-6087
craig026@umn.edu
Fascist-era cinema in Italy and Germany, Italian neorealism, new German cinema, monsters and hybrids, the cinematic body, literary and cultural theory after 1968: psychoanalysis, queer and feminist theories, post-modern theories of language and meaning, film theory
Lois B. Cucullu
English
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
18 Lind Hall
lcucullu@umn.edu
Modern British and American literature, modernism and modernity, narrative and novel studies, Victorian literature and culture, gender studies and theory, history and production of knowledge, popular culture and media
Jigna Desai
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
425 Ford Hall
612-624-0363
desai003@umn.edu
Asian American literature and media, feminist theory, postcolonial studies, queer/sexuality studies, South Asian diasporas, critical disability studies, autism, neuronormativity
Susanna F. Ferlito
French & Italian
Comparative Literature
304G Folwell Hall
612-624-4151
ferli001@umn.edu
History of emotions, feminist studies, immigration, literary theory, Risorgimento studies
Ana Paula Ferreira
Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
206C Folwell Hall
612-626-6909
apferrei@umn.edu
Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African literatures; 'race' and postcolonial studies; women writers, feminisms, and empire; psychoanalysis; deconstruction; ethics
Mary Franklin-Brown
French & Italian
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
309A Folwell Hall
612-624-0314
brow2085@umn.edu
Old French romance and epic; troubadour lyric; Latin poetry and commentaries; Ramon Llull; dialogue between contemporary and medieval philosophy; encyclopedism; medieval humanisms; codicology; manuscript culture and reception theories
Njeri Githire
African American & African Studies
Comparative Literature
848 Social Science Tower
612-625-1687
ngithire@umn.edu
African literary and cultural production; literatures of the African diaspora; literature of immigration and racial formation in the African diasporic spheres; Women's writings and feminist theory; postcolonial theory and criticism; francophone studies; food, (non)-eating, and related topics in literature
Sumanth S. Gopinath
Music
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
100 Ferguson Hall
612-624-1829
sumanth@umn.edu
Music after WWII, avant-garde and experimental musics, music and politics, musical hermeneutics, popular music, sound studies, music and globalization
Ronald W. Greene
Communication Studies
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
225 Ford Hall
612-624-2808
green179@umn.edu
Political communication, debates, civic education, legal and popular perspectives on free speech, film exhibition, educational uses of film/movies, history of debates on population control
Jaime E. Hanneken
Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Comparative Literature
214N Folwell Hall
612-626-2540
hanne045@umn.edu
19th and 20th century Latin American literature, postcolonial approaches to literature and culture, francophone literature, critical theory
Annie Hill
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
453 Ford Hall
612-625-8730
hilla@umn.edu
Rhetorical theory and criticism, cultural studies: public policy and crime, gender and sexuality studies, feminist theory, race theory and race science
Karen Ho
Anthropology
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
395 Herbert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
karenho@umn.edu
Cultural studies of finance capital, finance, globalization and capitalism, ethnography, feminist studies, political economy, United States, comparative race and ethnicity
Qadri M. Ismail
English
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
19 Lind Hall
612-625-6374
ismai004@umn.edu
Cultural studies, postcolonial literature, literary theory, gender/sexuality, historiography, democracy, human rights, the Enlightenment, 19th century Great Britain, cricket
Nancy Luxon
Political Science
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
1350 Social Sciences Building
612-625-7982
luxon@umn.edu
Contemporary political and social theory, French political thought, literary theories of narrative and reading practices, psychoanalysis, ancient and modern practices of the self
Christine L. Marran
Asian Languages and Literatures
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
230C Folwell Hall
612-625-0174
marran@umn.edu
Ecocriticism, understanding the biotic world in representation, gender and sexuality in print and film culture, Japanese and Asian film, modern Japanese literature
Jason McGrath
Asian Languages and Literatures
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
225 Folwell Hall
612-624-2875
jmcgrath@umn.edu
Chinese and international cinemas, modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture, realism in fiction, film and theory, issues of convention and intertextuality in film theory, Chinese and Western marxisms
Ellen Messer-Davidow
English
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
22 Lind Hall
612-625-2071
emd@umn.edu
Literary, cultural, and social theory; the “new knowledge studies"; modern/contemporary American social movements (Civil Rights, new left, feminist, and conservative); certain areas of contemporary American public policy and law
Leslie C. Morris
German, Scandinavian and Dutch
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
327A Folwell Hall
612-624-4047
morri074@umn.edu
20th and 21st century German and Austrian literature and poetry, Jewish studies
Yuchiro Onishi
African American & African Studies
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
808 Social Sciences Building
612-624-9847
ohni0001@umn.edu
Black Radicalism and internationalism, African American history, transnational American studies, critical race studies, Asian American studies
Matthew Rahaim
Music
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
170 Ferguson Hall
612-624-2393
mrahaim@umn.edu
Indian music, Asian literatures, cultures and media, religious studies, cultural studies and comparative literature
Matthias Rothe
German, Scandinavian and Dutch
Comparative Literature
328G Folwell Hall
612-625-9034
mrothe@umn.edu
18th century literature and philosophy, theories of knowledge production, critical theory with a focus on liberalism and emotions
Simona Sawhney
Asian Languages and Literatures
Comparative Literature
sawhney@umn.edu South Asian literature, Sanskrit literature, post-colonial literature and theory, literary theory
Jani Scandura
English
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
210D Lind Hall
612-625-9017
jani@umn.edu
Cultural studies and critical theory, especially theories of modernity, materiality; subjectivity, 20th century North American literatures; film, visual and mass culture; European, American and (recently) Japanese modernisms; theories of space and place; stuff: theories of matter, objects, things, refuse, trash; sound and acoustic culture; memory; history of science, medicine and its intersections with philosophy; writing in cultures impacted by US imperialisms (especially Cuba)
JB Shank
History
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
922 Heller Hall
612-624-7323
jbshank@umn.edu
Enlightenment science and Newtonianism, 17th and 18th century European intellectual history, Renaissance science and culture, old regime France and the French Revolution, the history of Silicon Valley
Ajay Skaria
History
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
924 Heller Hall
skari002@umn.edu
Postcolonial studies/theory, intellectual history, 19th and 20th century South Asia, Forest and Adivasi communities, nationalism, democracies and minorities
Katherine Solomonson
Architecture
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
151K Rapson Hall
612-624-5565
solom003@umn.edu
Architecture and social relations
Nicholas Spadaccini
Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Comparative Literature
204C Folwell Hall
612-625-0732
spada001@umn.edu
Comparative literature and cultural studies, colonial Spanish-American literature and culture, Cervantes' novel, theater, poetry, Early modern Spanish literature and culture, contemporary Spanish literature and cultures
Karen-Sue Taussig
Anthropology
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
395 Herbert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
taussig@umn.edu
Medical anthropology, social and cultural implications of genetic testing, new reproductive technologies, cloning and stem cell research, genetics, eugenics, anthropology of science, biotechnology
Joan C. Tronto
Political Science
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
1414 Social Sciences Building
612-624-4144
jctronto@umn.edu
 
Mary D. Vavrus
Communication Studies
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
237 Ford Hall
612-624-5515
vavru001@umn.edu
Feminist theory, media studies, media postfeminism, mediated masculinity, political economy of media, media coverage of political women, gender and media, media activism
Christophe M. Wall-Romana
French & Italian
Comparative Literature
303E Folwell Hall
612-626-8016
wallr007@umn.edu
19th and 20th century French literature and thought, modern French poetry, French cinema, silent cinema, modern French philosophy and theory, translation studies, media history
Travis Workman
Asian Languages and Literatures
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
Comparative Literature
220N Folwell Hall
612-624-3827
tworkman@umn.edu
Korean and Japanese literature, film, and intellectual history; humanism and empire; critical theory; film melodrama; Cold War aesthetics; North Korea
Jacquelyn N. Zita
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society
436 Ford Hall
612-624-9326
zitax001@umn.edu
Women's biology, environmental justice, feminist envrionmental studies, sexuality, corporeal philosophy, LGBT studies, feminist theory and philosophy

Emeriti Faculty

Name Contact Specialty
John Archer archer@umn.edu Suburbia and its history, theory of space and place, landscape art and history, English and American architectural history
Harvey Sarles sarle001@umn.edu Science and religion, human nature, teaching as dialogue, pragmatism: John Dewey and G.H. Mead, cultural critic
Gary Thomas thoma002@umn.edu Wagner studies, 17th and 19th century German literature, gender/sexuality, cultural musicology, comedy, comic theory

Senior Lecturers

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Meredith Gill
 
146J Nicholson Hall
612-624-2693
gill@umn.edu
20th century American literature, Soviet and post-Soviet Russian literature, theories of value, theories of the subject, interrogation techniques Tues., Thurs. 12:45–1:45 p.m.
Michelle Lekas 146H Nicholson Hall
612-624-8099
mlekas@umn.edu
Lacanian Psychoanalysis, film music: 1912 to present, world cinema history and theory: 1895 to present, American and British literature: 1810 to 1990, queer theory Thurs. 1:00–3:00 p.m. or by appointment
Erin Trapp 217 Nicholson Hall
612-624-8099
ectrapp@umn.edu
Psychoanalysis; cultural poetics; theories of the subject; Postwar German poetry; migration, race, and ethnicity Tues., Thurs. 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Graeme Stout 213 Nicholson Hall
612-624-2693
stou0046@umn.edu
Film, television, video games and digital media studies, political and social theory, visual arts and intellectual history Mon. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Wed. 1:00–3:00 p.m. or by appointment

Lecturers

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Heidar Azodanloo
 
azod0001@umn.edu    
Emily Capper 150B Nicholson Hall
612-624-3149
ercapper@umn.edu
  Wed. 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Tom David 150B Nicholson Hall
612-624-3149
davi0914@umn.edu
  Mon., Wed. 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Matthew Hadley 231 Nicholson Hall
612-624-2634
hadl0046@umn.edu
Science studies, biocapital, Marxism, practices of speculation, narrative fiction  
Eva Hudecova 224 Nicholson Hall
612-625-8443
hude0011@umn.edu
Central and Eastern Europe, testimonial writing, psychoanalysis, memory studies, media and cultural studies, translation (theory and practice), Germany and the GDR, German re-unification, 20th and 21st-century German and Austrian literature and poetry Tues. 1:15–2:15 p.m. or by appointment
James Snapko 224 Nicholson Hall
612-625-8443
snapk002@umn.edu
  Mon. 5:00–5:45 p.m. or by appointment
Brad Stiffler 231 Nicholson Hall
612-624-6858
stiff011@umn.edu
  Mon. 3:30–4:30 p.m. or by appointment
Isaac Vayo 231 Nicholson Hall
612-624-6858
vayox001@umn.edu
  Wed. 5:00–6:00 p.m.