Faculty

Regular Faculty

Professor Damian Stocking

Damian Stocking, Chair

Associate Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Department
B.A., UC Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA
A recipient of the Linda and Tod White Teaching Prize, Damian Stocking teaches courses such as European Literary Tradition and Too Soon? A Comedic Apology.
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Stephen Klemm

Assistant Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
B.A., University of Iowa; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University
Stephen Klemm specializes in German literature and philosophy from the 18th-20th century with particular interest in German Romanticism, Existentialism, and Critical Theory. His language and literature courses examine how language, literature, and philosophy interact and emerge from within concrete social and historical settings.
Professor Jacob Mackey

Jacob Mackey

Assistant Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.St., Christ Church, Oxford; Ph.D., Princeton University
Jacob Mackey specializes in ancient religions, the theories that have historically guided their study, and approaches to ancient religion and culture informed by cognitive science.
Professor Meimei Zhang

Meimei Zhang

Assistant Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture/Chinese; Advisory Committee, Group Languages
B.A., Beijing Foreign Studies University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

On Special Appointment

Motoko Ezaki

Motoko Ezaki

Non-Tenure Track Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture; Advisory Committee, Group Language
B.A., M.A., Seinan Gakuin University; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA
Ezaki teaches Japanese language and literature courses.

Swee Fong Lee

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
B.A., Tokyo Gakugei University; M.A., Hitotsubashi University; M.A., California State University, Long Beach

Curtis Maughan

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, German
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A., Cal State Long Beach, P.h.D., Vanderbilt University

Sydney K. Mitsunaga-Whitten

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
A.B., Occidental College; M.A., Yale University
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Julia Sushytska

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Cultures/Russian
B.A., John Carroll University; M.A., Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Julia Sushytska teaches courses that bring into focus Eastern Europe, such as Slavic Paganism, A Pervert’s Guide to Eastern Europe, and Russian Novel. She specializes in ancient Greek and 20th...

Yuki Taylor

Non-Tenure Track Associate Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA