Editorial Team

Ursula K. Heise, UCLA (Managing Editor)

Professor of English at UCLA, with a cross-appointment in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She is the author of Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, Postmodernism (Cambridge UP, 1997), Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (2008), and Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur (Suhrkamp, 2010). She is currently finishing a book called "Where the Wild Things Used To Be: Narrative, Database, and Endangered Species." Personal website.

Dudley Andrew, Yale University

R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University.  He began his career with three books commenting on film theory, including the biography of André Bazin, whose thought he continues to explore in the recent What Cinema Is!, and the edited volumes Opening Bazin and A Companion to Francois Truffaut. Soon his translation of Bazin’s writings on the New Media of the 1950s will appear. Andrew’s interest in aesthetics and hermeneutics led to Film in the Aura of Art, 1984, and his fascination with French film and culture resulted in Mists of Regret (1995) and Popular Front Paris (2005), co-authored with Steven Ungar.  Currently completing Encountering World Cinema, his teaching and research take up 1) questions of World Cinema/literature, such as translation and adaptation, 2) issues in 20th century French intellectual life, especially theories of the image, and 3) French cinema and its literary and philosophical relations.

Alexander Beecroft, University of South Carolina

 Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina, and Secretary-Treasurer of the ACLA. He is the author of Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China (Cambridge, 2010), and of two forthcoming books: An Ecology of World Literature (Verso, 2014), and A Global History of Literature (Johns Hopkins, 2016). He writes on a number of topics in Classics and Early China studies, as well as on the theory and practice of world literature, and is the recipient of a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship in the Humanities from the ACLS. 

Jessica Berman, University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Professor of English, Gender + Women’s Studies, and Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She serves as a board member of the American Comparative Literature Association. She is the author of Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community (Cambridge 2001) and Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics and Transnational Modernism (Columbia 2011), and editor of A Companion to Virginia Woolf  (Wiley-Blackwell 2015). Berman also co-edits the “Modernist Latitudes” book series from Columbia University Press, which aims to publish books that explore the greater latitudes of thought offered by an expanded modernist studies. Her new project investigates the role of migrants, transnationals, exiles and diasporic citizens in the development of twentieth-century media, and explores the deeply transmedial characteristics of the modernist literature that was growing up at the same time. Personal website.

David Damrosch, Harvard University

Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association. He was trained at Yale and then taught at Columbia from 1980 until he moved to Harvard in 2009. He has written widely on issues in comparative and world literature, and is the author of The Narrative Covenant: Transformations of Genre in the Growth of Biblical Literature (1987), We Scholars: Changing the Culture of the University (1995), Meetings of the Mind (2000), What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009). He is the founding general editor of the six-volumeLongman Anthology of World Literature (2004) and of The Longman Anthology of British Literature (4th ed. 2009), editor of Teaching World Literature (2009), co-editor of The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (2009), and co-editor of Xin Fang Xiang: Bi Jiao Wen Xue Yu Shi Jie Wen Xue Du Ben [New Directions: A Reader of Comparative and World Literature] (Beijing U. P., 2010).

Guillermina De Ferrari, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Guillermina De Ferrari (Ph.D. Columbia 2001) teaches contemporary Caribbean literature and art at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has on Caribbean literature and visual culture, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, and world literature. Her first book Vulnerable States: Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction (The University of Virginia Press, 2007) studies the metaphorical power of the vulnerable body within what Edouard Glissant calls “the Poetics of Relation.” Her second book Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba (Routledge, 2014) analyzes contemporary literature and art in Cuba from the point of view of sociality and postmodern ethics. She served as guest editor for the Spanish Comparative Literature journal 1616 for a special issue on World Literature from the perspective of Latin American literature. She has also published articles in The Latin American Literary Review, The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, The Hispanic Review, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, among others. De Ferrari is affiliated with the Department of Comparative Literature, the Center for Visual Cultures, Global Studies, and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies program. 

César Domínguez, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Associate Professor of comparative literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), where he holds the Jean Monnet Chair “The Culture of European Integration.” His research interests include theory of comparative literature, comparative European literature, cosmopolitanism, world literature, minor literatures, and translation. His last books are World Literature: A Reader (Routledge, 2013; co-edited with Theo D’haen and Mads Rosendahl Thomsen) and Literatura europea comparada (Arco/Libros, 2013). He is Vice-President of the Spanish Comparative Literature Association, General Coordinator of the Réseau européen d’études littéraires comparées, Chair of the ICLA Research Committee, Secretary of the ICLA Coordinating Committee for Comparative Literary History, Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium for World Literary History, and member of the Academia Europaea. Personal website.

Barbara Harlow, UT-Austin

Barbara Harlow is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Resistance Literature (1986), Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention (1992), After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing (1996), and co-editor with Mia Carter of Imperialism and Orientalism: A Documentary Sourcebook (1999) and Archives of Empire  (edited with Mia Carter): 1. From the East India Company to the Suez Canal  and 2. The Scramble for Africa (2003). She has taught in Egypt (Cairo), Ireland (Galway), and South Africa (Pietermaritzburg and Durban) In addition to an intellectual biography of the South African activist, Ruth First, she is working on a project examining historical connections between international humanitarian/human rights law and “third world” literature.

Eric Hayot, Penn State

Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at Penn State, and 2013-14 President of the ACLA. He is the author of Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel quel (Michigan, 2004); The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain (Oxford, 2009; Jiangsu People's Press, 2013); On Literary Worlds (Oxford, 2012); and The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities (Columbia, 2014). He has co-edited, with Steven G. Yao and Haun Saussy, Sinographies: Writing China (2009) and, with Rebecca Walkowitz, New Keywords for a Global Modernism (forthcoming from Columbia). He edits a book series, Global Asias, for Oxford University Press. Personal website.


Editorial Assistant

Michelle Decker, Penn State

Michelle Decker will complete her PhD in the summer of 2014 with a dissertation titled 'Genre, Geography, and the Making of 'Africa'". Her essay "The 'Autobiography' of Tippu Tip: Geography, Genre, and the African Indian Ocean," is forthcoming in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.