Curriculum Vitae

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Stanford University 1990-1997 

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature—January 1997
A.M. in Comparative Literature—September 1991

McGill University — 1986-1990

B.A. with first class honors in English Literature—June 1990


Yale University — current positions
  • Dean of Yale College (since 2022)
  • Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English (since 2019)
Previous positions at Yale University
  • Vice President for Global Strategy (2017-2022)
  • Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives (2020-2022)
  • Deputy Provost for International Affairs (2017-2019)
  • Senior Research Scholar, Comparative Literature (2012-2017)
  • Professor of Comparative Literature (2007-2012, 2017-present)
  • Professor of English (2007-2012, 2019-present)
  • Associate Professor, Departments of English and Comparative Literature (2002-2007)
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of English and Comparative Literature (1998-2002)
Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore — 2012-2017

President and Professor of Humanities

University of California, Berkeley  — 1996-1998

Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of English


  • Master of Arts privatim, Yale University — 2008
  • Graduate Mentor Award, Yale University — 2004
  • Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Junior Faculty Member, Yale University — 2000
  • McGill Graduates’ Society Award for Student Service — 1990


  • Grants from China Scholarship Council and Fundación Mujeres por África to support educational programs for Chinese and African leaders (2017-2022)
  • Grants from Teagle and Luce Foundations to support conference on curricular design (2016)
  • Grant from Imitatio Foundation to support conference on René Girard (2011)
  • Paul Moore Memorial Fund Grants for Instructional Innovation, Yale University (2008-2011)
  • John and Yvonne McCredie Fellowship in Instructional Technology, Yale University (2007, 2011-2013)
  • Davis Foundation Electronic Library Initiative Course Support Grant (2005)
  • Summer Institute in Literary Studies Stipend, National Humanities Center (2003)
  • Morse Fellowship for Junior Faculty in the Humanities, Yale University (2001-2002)
  • Whitney Humanities Center Junior Faculty Fellowship, Yale University (2000-2001)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1996-1998)


Books (Sole Author)
  • Editor. The Norton Anthology of World Literature, third, fourth, and fifth editions. Primarily responsible for volume F, Literature Since 1900, under the general editorship of Martin Puchner.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. Shorter edition 2013. Fourth edition 2018. Fifth edition 2024.
  • Editor, The Norton Anthology of Western Literature, ninth edition. Primarily responsible for final section, Literature since 1900, under the general editorship of Martin Puchner.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.
  • Founder and editor. The Modernism Lab, a virtual space for collaborative research on modernism.
  • Editor. The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Articles & Book Chapters (selected)



Most of my articles are excerpted or adapted from book manuscripts in process:

* Indicates part of a work in progress on The Purposes of a Liberal Education

** Indicates an excerpt or adaptation from Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel

*** Indicates an excerpt or adaptation from The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism

**** Indicates an excerpt or adaptation from Modernism, Nationalism, and the Novel



  • Governing Board, Yale-NUS College
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Greater New Haven
  • Governing Board, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • President’s Cabinet, Yale University
  • Executive Committee, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
  • Senior Research Fellow, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
  • Faculty Fellow, Slifka Center for Jewish Life
  • Executive Sponsor, Yale Veterans Network
  • Program Committee, Yale Schwarzman Center (chair)
  • Faculty Resource Committee, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Steering Committee
  • Faculty Committee on Athletics
  • Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid
  • University Advisory Committee, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
  • Editorial Boards: Modernism/Modernity, Modernist Networks, Modernist Cultures, Review 19

Updated December 2023