Post-Graduate Data

Comparative Literature

The concentration in Comparative Literature enables students to study literature in cross-cultural perspectives. The aim of the program is to encourage students to study a varied and illustrative range of literary topics rather than the total development of a single literary tradition.  True to the spirit of Brown’s New Curriculum, a concentration in Comparative Literature affords great academic freedom.  For example: advanced courses in any literature department at Brown count for concentration credit; although English is commonly one of the languages that students apply to their Comparative Literature studies, basically any language--ancient or modern--supported at Brown may form part of a Comparative Literature concentration program.  In essence, concentrators study a generous range of literary works--from Western cultures, both ancient and modern, to Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic--and develop a focused critical understanding of how cultures differ from one another.  Comparative Literature differs from other literature concentrations largely through its international focus and its broad-gauged view of art and culture in which the study of languages is combined with the analysis of literature and literary theory. All students take a course in literary theory and have the opportunity to complete a senior essay. 

Please contact Professor Stephanie Merrim, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, with questions.

Here's what concentrators from the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014, reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.

2014

Employment

  • Associate Media Planner, DigitasLBi
  • Corps Member, AmeriCorps - City Year
  • Course Operations Specialist, Stanford University
  • Editorial Assistant, Inc. Magazine
  • Editorial Fellow, The Huffington Post
  • Editorial Intern, Writer's House
  • Junior Account Executive, GCK Partners
  • News Intern, Mashable
  • Public Relations Assistant, St. Laurent
  • Quality Assurance, Epic
  • Summer Intern, Part2 Pictures
  • Teacher's Assistant, Catholic Middle School
  • Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)
  • Teaching Fellow, Breakthrough SF

Graduate School

  • Brown University, MAT, Secondary English
  • School of Arts and Sciences, MA, North American Studies
  • University of California-Berkeley, PhD, Comparative Literature
  • Washington University in St. Louis, MA, Classics

2013

Employment

  • Account Executive, DigitasLBi
  • Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company
  • Clinical Research Assistant, Boston Medical Center
  • Corps Member/2nd Grade Teacher, Teach for America
  • Corps Member/Teacher, Teach for America
  • Majority Intern, European and Eurasian Affairs, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Marketing Assistant, City Parks Foundation
  • Marketing Assistant, Oxford University Press
  • Program Analyst, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs - West LA
  • Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Coastal Zone Management Agency of Montenegro
  • Research Assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Retailer, Quebrada Baking Co.
  • Sales Assistant, Simon & Schuster
  • Spanish Teacher, Matairie Park Country Day School
  • The Future of Storytelling Intern, Melcher Media
  • Upper School Spanish Teacher, The Haverford School
  • Writer, The New York Times
  • Youth Development Program Coordinator, Arab-American Family Support Center, AmeriCorps

Graduate School

  • Brown Alpert Medical School, MD
  • The American University in Paris, MA, Cultural Translation
  • University of Texas at Austin, MS, Clinical Psychology

Fellowships

  • Center for Arabic Studies Abroad Fellowship (to go to Cairo for a year)
  • Fulbright Fellowship

2012

Employment

  • Analyst, BlackRock
  • Analyst, Citigroup
  • Assitant Brand Coordinator, Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Business Analyst, A.T. Kearney
  • Editorial intern, Norton Publishing
  • English Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant Program in France
  • Festival Assistant, Brooklyn Book Festival
  • Freelance Writer, Self-employed
  • Litigation Paralegal, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • New York City Teaching Fellow, New York City Teaching Fellows
  • Public Information Officer/Legislative Liaison, County of San Mateo, Human Services Agency

Graduate School

  • Columbia University Publishing Course, Journalism / Communications
  • Columbia University Teacher's College, MAT, Teaching, ESL and Elementary Education
  • Dartmouth College, MA, Comparative Literature
  • La Sorbonne - Paris IV, MA, Comparative Literature

Fellowships

  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Fulbright Fellowship