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Faculty and Staff


Alwin Baum
Professor of Comparative Literature
(562) 985-4253
Office: MHB 609
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UC San Diego, 1972
M.A. Social Work, Tulane University, 1988
A.B. French and English, Indiana University, 1967
Interests: Modern Literary Theory, Modern and Postmodern Fiction, Twentieth Century French Literature
Kathryn Chew
Professor of Classics
Advisor, Latin Teaching Credential
Undergraduate Advisor, Classics
(562) 985-5810
Office: MHB 606
Ph.D. Classics, UCLA
M.A. Classics, UCLA
B.A. Classics, UC Irvine
Interests: Greek and Latin Novels, Greek Literature, the Hellenistic Period, Late Antiquity, Hagiography, Sanskrit Literature, Latin Teacher Preparation
Nancy Comito
Office Manager
Office: MHB 515
Pravina Cooper, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Comparative Literature
(562) 985-4241
Office: MHB 611
Ph.D. Comparative World Literature, UCLA 2005
M.A. Comparative World Literature, UCLA
M.A. History, Mumbai University
B.A. British and Continental Philosophy
Interests: World Cinemas, Transnational Literatures, Genre, Literary Theory, British and French Modernisms
Elizabeth Dahab, Ph.D.
Professor of Comparative Literature
(562) 985-1368
Office: MHB 608
Doctorat, Comparative Literature, Université de Paris-IV, Sorbonne
M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Alberta
Professional Diploma After Degree (for teaching French), University of Alberta (Canada)
B.A. Psychology, McGill University (Canada)
Interests: Post-colonial Literature, Cultural Theory, Middle Eastern Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies, 19th Century French Literature, Exilic Francophone Literatures in Canada/Québec
Douglas Domingo-Forasté
Professor of Classics
(562) 985-7923
Office: MHB 509
Ph.D. Classics, UC Santa Barbara, 1988
M.A. Classics, UC Santa Barbara, 1981
A.B. Latin, UC Davis, 1976
Interests: Ancient numismatics, Claudius Aelianus, Ancient Greek law, Menander, Isaios
Carl Fisher
Professor of Comparative Literature
Chair of Department
(562) 985-4242
Office: MHB 516
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UCLA, 1992
M.A. Comparative Literature, UCLA, 1985
B.A. Humanities/Classics and Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1980
Interests: 18th & 19th Century European Literature, Comedy and Satire, Literature and History, Medicine & Literature, Visual Culture
Cheryl Goldstein
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
(562) 985-7575
Office: MHB 701

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UCLA
M.A. Rabbinic Literature, University of Judaism
B.A. English Literature, UC Berkeley

Interests: Psychoanalytic Theory, Early Modern and Contemporary Hebrew Literature, Exilic and Diasporic Literatures, Early Modern Poetry and Drama

Thomas Haeussler
Lecturer in Comparative Literature
(562) 985-8660
Office: MHB 605
M.A. Comparative Literature, UCLA
Paul Scotton
Professor of Classics
(562) 985-2599
Office: MHB 520
Ph.D. Classical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. Classical Languages, UCSB
M.A. English Literature, University of Illinois-Urbana
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Oregon
B.A. English Literature, University of Illinois-Urbana
Interests: Architecture of the Prehistoric Aegean; Ancient Greece, and Rome; Aegean Prehistoric Archaeology; Greek Archaeology; and Roman Greece and Asia Minor
Karl Squitier
Lecturer in Classics
(562) 985-4248
Office: MHB 508
C. Phil. CLassics, UCLA 1972
B.A. Classics and History, Florida State University, 1966
Interests: Late Antique Culture; Mythology, Theology, and Religion of Greece and Rome; Food in the Ancient World; the Ancient World in Theatre & Film; Lucian & the Second Sophistic; Dionysus
J. Mark Sugars
Lecturer in Classics
(562) 985-4241
Office: MHB 611
Ph.D. Classics, UC Irvine, 1997
B.A. Classics, UC Irvine, 1983
B.S. Biological Sciences, UC Irvine, 1983
Interests: Classical Mythology, Greek Literature
Vlatka Velcic
Professor of Comparative Literature
(562) 985-1815
Office: MHB 609
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UCLA
M.A. Comparative Literature, UCLA
B.A. Comparative Literature and English, University of Zagreb
Interests: Cultural Studies, Post-colonial Literature, 20th Century Literature, East European Literature
Raymond Waters
Lecturer in Comparative Literature
(562) 985-7923
Office: MHB 509
M.A. Communication Studies, University of Iowa, 1994
M.A. English, CSULB, 1991
B.A. English, UCLA, 1985
Interests: Comedy, Japanese Literature, Film/Mass Media Theory
Elaine Wida
Lecturer in Classics
(562) 985-8660
Office: MHB 605
Ph.D, Classics, UC Irvine
M.A. Classics, Pennsylvania State University
B.A. Liberal Arts, Concordia Senior College
Interests: Horace, Sophists, Sappho/Alcaeus

Current Adjunct Faculty

Jessica Brooks, Classics MHB 701, (562) 985-7575
Boak Ferris, Comparative Literature MHB 406, (562) 985-4232
Kathrine McLoone, Comparative Literature (Faculty Bio) MHB 508, (562) 985-4248
Rachelle Okawa, Comparative Literature MHB 609, (562) 985-4253
Chris Shaw, Comparative Literature MHB 720, (562) 985-4619
Lowry Sweney, Classics MHB 701, (562) 985-7575

Emeriti Faculty

Conrad Barrett

Roland Bush

Peter Carr

August Coppola

Frank Fata

Thomas Hubble

J. Charles Jernigan

Roberta Markman