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The Comparative Literary Studies Program reflects the belief that literary texts can best be understood within the context of diverse literary traditions and other cultural phenomena. The program is able to accomplish this by drawing on faculty from the various literature departments as well as from other disciplines (such as art history, film studies, music, and philosophy).

Learn more about our interdisciplinary and interdepartmental faculty and students:


*Until further notice, the CLS office is working remotely. Please contact the program via e-mail and we will be happy to answer your inquiry or set-up a virtual meeting with you.

Faculty leaders

Program Director:
Alessia Ricciardi (Professor, French & Italian)
Director of Graduate Studies:

Harris Feinsod (Associate Professor, English)

Outgoing Director of Undergraduate Studies:

Corey Byrnes (Associate Professor of Chinese Culture, Asian Languages and Cultures)

Incoming Director of Undergraduate Studies:

Starting September 1, 2021:
Hannah J Feldman
 (Associate Professor, Art History)

Administrative Staff

Ann Kelchner, Business Coordinator
Room: Kresge 3-512
Phone: 847-491-3658
E-mail: a-kelchner@northwestern.edu

Thomas Winters, Graduate Program Coordinator
Room: Kresge 3-512
Phone: 847-491-3657
Email: thomas.winters@northwestern.edu

Emily Berry, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Room: Kresge 3-512
Phone: 847-491-3656
Email: e-berry@northwestern.edu

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