Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Graduate Faculty

MALS professor

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 in Fall 2020 to Summer 2022


Betsey Brada

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
BA 1997 Mount Holyoke College. MA 2005, PhD 2011 University of Chicago. Reed College 2015–.
Academic interests: Medical anthropology, anthropology of global health and humanitarianism, science studies and expertise, anthropology of the body, pedagogy and ritual, HIV/AIDS, Africa.

Michael P. Breen

Professor of History and Humanities
BA 1989 University of Chicago. AM 1990, PhD 2000 Brown University. Reed College 2000–.
Academic interests: Early modern French and European social, political, and cultural history.

Kris Cohen

Associate Professor of Art History and Humanities
BA 1994 University of Texas, Austin. MA 1995, PhD 2010 University of Chicago. Reed College 2011–.
Academic interests: Media theory, art history, technological mediation of social life.

Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly

Associate Professor of Theatre
BA 2000 Macalester College. MA 2005 New York University. PhD 2011 University of California, Berkeley. Reed College 2012–.
Academic Interests: Acting, directing, race and American theatre, performance studies.

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: 20th century Russian literature and culture, with an emphasis on Soviet poetry, modern Jewish literature, culture, and politics, and post-war European and American cinema.

Denise Hare

Dr. Lester B. Lave Professor of Economics
BA 1983 Carleton College. PhD 1992 Stanford University. Reed College 1992–.
Academic interests: Economic development in China and Vietnam, addressing questions about labor markets, gender, rural industry, privatization and property rights, local public finance, and food security policy. 

Maureen Harkin

Professor of English and Humanities
BA 1983 University of Melbourne. MA 1986, PhD 1994 Johns Hopkins University. Reed College 2002—.
Academic interests: Eighteenth-century British literary and visual culture, the novel and its social and cultural contexts 1680-1850, aesthetic theory.

Dana E. Katz

Joshua C. Taylor Professor of Art History and Humanities
BA 1991 University of Michigan. MA 1997 University of Illinois. PhD 2003 University of Chicago. Reed College 2005—.
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: Religion and American culture prior to the American Civil War.

Alexander H. Montgomery

Associate Professor of Political Science
BA 1996 University of Chicago. MA 1999 University of California, Berkeley. MA 2003, PhD 2005 Stanford University. Reed College 2006–.
Academic interests: Political organizations, social networks, weapons of mass disruption and destruction, social studies of technology, and interstate social relations. 

Sarah Schaack

Associate Professor of Biology
BA 1996 Earlham College. MS 2002 University of Florida. PhD 2008 Indiana University. Reed College 2011–.
Academic interests: Evolutionary genetics and genomics, mobile DNA.

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.