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, 2013-2015

Evgenii V. Bershtein

Associate Professor of Russian
MA 1990 Tartu University, Estonia. PhD 1998 University of California, Berkeley. Reed College 1999–.
Academic interests: Russian symbolism, the semiotics of Soviet culture, gender and sexuality in Russian culture, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poetry.

Kate Bredeson

Assistant Professor of Theatre
BA 1998 Macalester College. MFA 2002, DFA 2006 Yale School of Drama. Reed College 2009–.
Academic interests: Theatre history and literature, dramaturgy, playwriting, directing, gender and theatre.

David Dalton

Professor of Biology
BS 1973 Duke Universitiy. MS 1976, PhD 1986 Oregon State University. Reed College 1987–.
Academic interests: Plant physiology and ecophysiology, biological nitrogen fixation.

Jacqueline Dirks

Cornelia Marvin Pierce Professor of History and Humanities
BA 1982 Reed College. MA, MPhil 1986, PhD 1996 Yale University. Reed College 1991–.
Academic interests: American social and cultural history, U.S. women's history.

Walter G. Englert

Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Studies and Humanities
BA 1974 St. Mary's College. MA 1976 University of California, Santa Barbara. PhD 1981 Stanford University. Reed College 1981–.
Academic interests: Greek and Latin literature, ancient philosophy.

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities
BA 1994 Claremont McKenna College. AM 1998, PhD 2002 Harvard University. Reed College 2002–.
Academic interests: Islam.

Katja Garloff
Associate Professor of German and Humanities
MA 1992 University of Hamburg. PhD 1997 University of Chicago. Reed College 1997-.
Academic Interests: Nineteenth- to twenty-first-century German literature, German Jewish culture, critical theory, literature and history, film.

Ülker Gökberk

Professor of German and Humanities
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.

Marat Grinberg

Associate Professor of Russian and Humanities
BA 1999 Jewish Theological Seminary of America. BA 1999 Columbia University. MA 2001, PhD 2006 University of Chicago.  Reed College 2006–.
Academic interests: Russian-Jewish literature and culture, Soviet poetry, poetics and cinema studies, Russian and European modernism.

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.

Hannah J. Kosstrin

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
BA 2001 Goucher College. MA 2003, PhD 2010 Ohio State University. Reed College 2010–.
Academic interests: Dance history, critical theory, Labanotation, contemporary technique.

Laura Leibman

Professor of English and Humanities
BA 1989 University of California, Davis. MA 1993, PhD 1995 University of California, Los Angeles. Reed College 1995–.
Academic interests: Early American literature and culture, American poetry, poetics and ethnopoetics, Native American literature and culture, postcolonial theory, gender theory, American studies.

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.

Ellen Greenstein Millender

Professor of Classics and Humanities
BA, MA 1986 Brown University. BA 1989 Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. PhD 1996 University of Pennsylvania. Reed College 2002–.
Academic interests: Greek and Roman history, Greek historiography, women in the ancient world.

Paul Silverstein

Associate 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, sport, practice theory, historical anthropology, France, North Africa, Middle East.

Sarah Wagner-McCoy

Assistant Professor of English and Humanities
BA 2002 Columbia University. MA 2003 University College Dublin. PhD 2011 Harvard University. Reed College 2011–.
Academic interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American fiction, transatlantic literature and culture, Irish drama and Irish studies, pastoral and environmental writing, the politics of classical education in postbellum America.



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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