The Department thanks Nancy Ruttenburg for her years of energetic and productive service as Chair of Comp Lit, congratulates her on her Guggenheim Fellowship for 2008-2009, and wishes her well in working on her new book.
Jacques Lezra began his appointment as Chair of the Department as of 9/1/08. Professor Lezra is a Professor of Comparative Literature as well as a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. He is a specialist in literary theory and in the literary, visual and philosophical culture of the early modern period. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 1990, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, at Yale, Harvard, and at the Bread Loaf School of English.
Ulrich Baer was appointed NYU's Vice Provost for Globalization and Multicultural Affairs where he directs all of NYU's semester-long international study sites and supports NYU's multicultural and international centers.
John Hamilton's new book, Music, Madness, and the Unworking of Language, was released in April by Columbia University Press.
Daniel Javitch's co-edited book, The Way it Wasn't: From the Files of James Laughlin, was singled out by Art Forum as one of the ten best books of 2007.
Avital Ronell recieved an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiffing grant for her work on German philosophy, and has been promoted to the position of University Professor at NYU.
Nancy Ruttenberg was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on her new book on Dostoevsky and the culture of American democracy.
Graduate Student Awards
Congratulations to our many accomplished grads!
Haytham Bahoora received the Arts and Science Prize Teaching Fellowship for 2008-2009.
Jennifer Cayer received the GSAS Summer Predoctoral Fellowship.
Ipek Celik received the 2008-2009 Penfield Fellowship.
Jieun Chank received the 2008-2009 Anais Nin Memorial Fellowship.
Robyn Creswell received a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH for the summer of 2008.
Bregtje Hartendorf-Wallach received the 2007-2008 Anais Nin Memorial Fellowship.
Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz received a DAAD German Studies Research Grant for the summer of 2008.
Jennifer Kaplan received the ARCE Fellowship to Egypt for the 2007-2008 term.
Micaela Kramer received the Robert Holmes Travel and Research Awards for African Scholarship for the summer of 2008.
John Patrick-Leary received the Patricia Dunn Lehrman Fellowship and the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2008-2009 term.
Katharina Piechocki received the NYU Global Fellowship (for a two-month period: June and July 2008 at NYU-in-Florence).
Pu Wang received a 4th Liu Li-an Poetry Award.
Erica Weitzman received a Freie Universitat exchange/scholarship for the 2008-2009 term.