Faculty affiliated with the Comparative Literature Program come from the departments of Art, Black Studies, Classics, East Asian Studies, English, Feminist Studies, Film and Media Studies, French and Italian, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Global Studies, History of Art and Architecture, 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.
The current Chair of Comparative Literature is Catherine Nesci. The Vice Chair is Professor Elisabeth Weber. Our Director of Placement is Professor Sara Weld. Professor Suzanne Jill Levine is the Director of the Graduate Emphasis in Translation Studies and the Advisor of the Translation Studies Minor (see Translation Studies).
In addition to its large network of affiliated faculty, Comparative Literature has an appointed Advisory Board and an Admission Committee that oversees departmental admissions, governance, and program development. Graduate committees support the governance, teaching, intellectual life, and outreach of the whole program.
Catherine Nesci is Professor of French and Comparative Literature, and affiliate in Feminist Studies. Her research and teaching interests include modern French print & visual culture; Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer studies; literature and the press; feminist theory and gender studies; and French & Francophone women writers, artists, activists, and filmmakers; memory and trauma studies. She co-directs the book series Culture and Conflict with Isabel Gil (Portugal) for DeGruyter Publisher. She can be contacted at: cnesci[at]frit.ucsb.edu.