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, 2016-2018

Kate Bredeson

Associate 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.

Michael Breen

Professor of History and Humanities
BA 1989 University of Chicago. AM 1990, PhD 2000 Brown University. Reed College 2000–.
Academic interests: Old Regime France; medieval and early modern European legal, social, and cultural history; Renaissance Italy.

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.

Cara Cerveny

Associate Professor of Biology
BA,BS 1996 Duke University. PhD 2005 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Reed College 2012–.
Academic interests: Developmental biology, growth control, neurogenesis, and the visual system.

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.

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.

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.

Chris Koski

Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies
BA 2001 Carroll College. MA 2003, PhD 2007 University of Washington. Reed College 2011–.
Academic interests: American government, public policy, political methodology, environmental policy.

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.

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.

Charlene Makley

Professor of Anthropology
BA 1986 Middlebury College. MA 1993, PhD 1999 University of Michigan. Reed College 2000–.
Academic interests: Development, globalization, anthropology of capitalism, linguistic anthropology, performance and media studies, exchange and value, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, religion and ritual, China, Tibet, East Asia.

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