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, 2014-2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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