Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

MALS professor

Graduate Faculty

The graduate faculty is drawn from the entire Reed College faculty. There is no set graduate curriculum, as courses and faculty members change each year. MALS students have access to all Reed faculty members they wish to consult about a particular question, interest, or course.

Faculty offering MALS courses, 2015-2017

Mark Burford

Associate Professor of Music
BA 1994 University of California, Santa Barbara. MA 1999, MPhil 2000, PhD 2005 Columbia University. Reed College 2007–.
Academic interests: Music history, nineteenth-century music, twentieth-century American popular music.

Kris Cohen

Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities
BA 1994 University of Texas, Austin. MA 1995, PhD 2010 University of Chicago. Reed College 2011–.
Academic interests: Modern and contemporary art history.

Ann T. Delehanty

Professor of French and Humanities
BA 1992 Carleton College. PhD 2000 University of California, Berkeley. Reed College 2000–.
Academic interests: Early modern prose, classical theatre, medieval literature, philosophy and literature.

Jay Dickson

 Professor of English and Humanities
AB 1988 Harvard College. PhD 1996 Princeton University. Reed College 1996-99, 2001–.
Academic interests: The novel, British modernism, Victorian literature, queer studies, postcolonial studies.

Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly

Assistant Professor of Theatre
BA 2000 Macalester College. MA New York University. PhD 2011 University of California, Berkeley. Reed College 2012–.
Academic interests: Acting, contemporary American theatre, directing, performance theory, socially engaged performance.

Michael Faletra

Associate Professor of English and Humanities
BA 1994 Boston University. PhD 2000 Boston College. Reed College 2001-04, 2007-09, 2010–.
Academic interests: Medieval British literatures, Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Arthurian literature, narrative theory, Celtic studies, children's literatures.

David T. Garrett

Professor of History and Humanities
BA 1988 Yale University. MA 1991 Harvard University. MPhil 1993, PhD 2002 Columbia University. Reed College 1998–.
Academic interests: Latin America and early modern Spain.

Ülker Gökberk

Professor of German and Humanities, emerita
BA 1970, MA 1976 University of Istanbul. PhD 1986 University of Washington. Reed College 1986–.
Academic interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, the novel, Thomas Mann, literary and cultural theory, the German philosophical tradition.

Dana Katz

Associate Professor of Art History and Humanities
BA 1991 University of Michigan. MA 1997 University of Illinois. PhD 2003 University of Chicago. Reed College 1994–.
Academic interests:Renaissance, baroque, and colonial Latin American art and architecture; Jews and the visual arts; methodologies of art history.

Benjamin Lazier

Associate Professor of History and Humanities
BA 1993 University of Virginia. MA 1998, PhD 2002 University of California, Berkeley. Reed College 2005–.
Academic interests: Modern Europe, intellectual history.

Lena Lencek

Professor of Russian and Humanities
BA 1970 Barnard College. AM 1972 Harvard University. Reed College 1977–.
Academic interests: Medieval Russian, romanticism and symbolism, twentieth-century poetry, narrative theory, Old Church Slavonic.

Sonia Sabnis

Associate Professor of Classics and Humanities
BA 1998 Columbia University. MA 2000, PhD 2006 University of California, Berkeley. Reed College 2006–.
Academic interests: Latin and Greek literature, imperial prose.

Pancho Savery

Professor of English and Humanities
BA 1972 Stanford University. PhD 1980 Cornell University. Reed College 1995–.
Academic interests: African American literature; American literature and cultural history; modern and contemporary drama, poetry, and fiction; creative writing; American Indian fiction.

Kristin Scheible

Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities
BA 1994 Colby College. MTS 1997 Harvard Divinity School. PhD 2006 Harvard University. Reed College 2014–.
Academic interests: Buddhism, Hinduism.

Paul Silverstein

Professor of Anthropology
AB 1992 Princeton University. MA 1994, PhD 1998 University of Chicago. Reed College 2000–.
Academic interests: Race and ethnicity, colonialism and postcoloniality, migration, urbanity, social class, sport, practice theory, historical anthropology, France, North Africa, Middle East.

Thomas Wieting

Professor of Mathematics
BS 1960 Washington and Lee University. PhD 1973 Harvard University. Reed College 1965–.
Academic interests: Differential geometry and ergodic theory.




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The MALS program at Reed College offers students—and faculty—a rare opportunity to explore questions in greater depth and in different contexts to what is possible in an undergraduate education. The program avoids segmentation into departments or fields, and encourages work between and across disciplines, both through the classes it offers and through what the students, with their varied backgrounds, interests and training, bring to the table. In my experience, every class brings surprises, new connections and new perspectives that open up and remake subjects in unexpected ways.

Dean of the Faculty and
Walter Mintz Professor of Classics & Humanities