A glance at the list of our faculty and their recent publications will give you an overview of the rich variety of research conducted by members of the department and our areas of particular research strengths. We regularly host or collaborate on major scholarly events such as the cross-campus interdisciplinary initiative “The Great War” (2014) and national and international conferences, such as "Global Prehumanisms" (2018),  “New Ways of Analyzing Variation” (2014), “Articulations of Difference” (2012), “European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages” (2012), "New Francophonies" (2011), and “The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe” (2011).

A clear sign of the Department's strong interdisciplinary orientation and commitment are the multiple affiliations that our faculty have with other units on campus such as the Departments of LinguisticsAfrican American StudiesCinema and Media StudiesGender and Women’s Studies, the Programs in Medieval Studies and Comparative and World Literature, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the European Union Center.