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The Comparative Literature Program at UCSB affords maximal flexibility for students wishing to pursue a course of literary study that traverses national and disciplinary boundaries. In the Program’s lecture and seminar offerings, the study of literature intersects with fields such as philosophy, psychoanalysis, media-technology, religious studies, science, art history, and visual culture. The Program’s strength in literary theory  further enables students to develop their skills as critical thinkers and analysts of literary and other discourses. The Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) aims to enrich and enhance the experience of students and faculty involved in literary studies, by promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and encounters at various levels.

Graduate students who add a doctoral emphasis in Translation Studies examine the role of translation in the development of national cultures, world literature, and comparative studies, deal with the tensions between textual and cultural translations, and develop their own practice as translators, readers and writers of literary texts. For more on our Translation Studies emphasis, visit

Faculty affiliated with the Comparative Literature Program come from the departments of Art, Black Studies, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, English, Feminist Studies, Film and Media Studies, French and Italian, Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, and Theater and Dance. They include Guggenheim Fellows, National Endowment for the Humanities Awardees, Ford Foundation Fellows, Humboldt Awardees, UC President’s Fellowship recipients, and UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award recipients.

Fostering a vital sense of community and engagement, the Comparative Literature Program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with faculty in their fields of study. It offers its graduate students extensive guidance and support in their teaching, research and community engagement as they develop into successful professionals. Ph.D.s from our graduate program have secured teaching positions or post-doctoral fellowships in humanities departments at Dartmouth, Harvard,  Loyola, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers and at other outstanding colleges and universities.


Our recent graduates and alumni were quite successful on their job searches. We wish them continued success in their professional careers.

Mary Garcia (Ph.D, F2012) is Visiting Lecturer at Scripps College, teaching upper-division literature courses and advising senior theses across the Claremont colleges.
Katie Kelp-Stebbins
(Ph.D, S2014) is Assistant Professor of English at Palomar College.
Marzia Milazzo (Ph.D, S2013) is Assistant Professor of English, Vanderbilt University.
Kieran Murphy
(Ph.D, F2009) is Assistant Professor of French, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Allison Schifani
(Ph.D, S2013) is the Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Scholar at the Baker Nord Center at Case Western Reserve  University in Cleveland.
Claudia Yaghoobi
(Ph.D, W2013) is Assistant Professor of English, Georgia College and State University.
Rosie Kar (Ph.D, S2013) is now teaching in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, at California State University, Long Beach. Meaghan Skahan (Ph.D, S2013) is teaching in a charter school in San Francisco, for the "Teach For America" Program.
For our placement of alumni and a short profile of our alumni since 2006, please click here.  For more detailed narratives on recent graduates, please click here.

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