Faculty & Staff



Affiliated Faculty:


Gabriela Basterra – Professor, Comparative Literature, Spanish & Portuguese. Ph.D., Harvard University. Research Interests: Continental philosophy, comparative literature, ethical subjectivity, poetry, tragedy, psychoanalysis, the ethical and the political, Kant’s theoretical and practical philosophy, Levinas.

Emanuela Bianchi – Asst. Professor, Comparative Literature, Classics, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Ph.D., New School for Social Research; B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Sussex. Research interests: ancient philosophy and literature, twentieth-century and contemporary continental philosophy, feminist and queer theory. 

Joy Connolly – Assc. Professor, Classics, and Dean for Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU. Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; A.B., Princeton University. Research interests: ancient political theory, Roman cultural identity, elegiac and pastoral poetry.

Andrea Gadberry – Asst. Professor, Comparative Literature and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Ph.D., UC Berkeley; A.B., Washington University in Saint Louis. Research Interests: literature, philosophy, and political theory of early modernity and the Enlightenment, poetics, psychoanalysis, critical theory.

Jacques Lezra – Professor, Comparative Literature and Spanish. Ph.D., B.A., Yale University. Research interests: early modern narrative, political philosophy, the visual culture of early modernity.

Peter Nicholls – Professor, English. Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Cambridge. Research interests: modernism, American and European poetry, the political and economic dimensions of literary texts.

Avital RonellDirector of the Program in Poetics and Theory, 2016-19. Professor, Comparative Literature and German, and University Professor of Humanities, NYU. Ph.D., Princeton University; B.A., Middlebury College. Research interests: literary and other discourses, feminist and queer letters, philosophy, technology and media, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, performance art.

Program Coordinator:
Ludwig Schmitz

The Program in Poetics and Theory  ∙  Department of Comparative Literature  ∙  New York University  ∙  19 University Place, Rm. 303  ∙  New York, NY 10003