Center for Literary and Comparative Studies
University of Maryland College Park

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Sangeeta Ray Professor, English and Comparative Literature


Karen Nelson

Chair, English Dept.

Amanda Bailey


UMD English's hub for intellectual exchange in creative writing, English language, rhetorical, and literary studies, the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies helps faculty, staff, and students share ideas with one another and the world.

CLCS Themes Displacement (2023-2025) CLCS Award in the Public Humanities (2022-2023) Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations (2021-2022) Antiracism: Research Teaching Public Engagement (2020-2021)

The Center showcases the research and creative activities of the department as well as helps develop new knowledge in literary and comparative studies. It actively promotes collaboration with other departments and programs, such as the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; classics; American studies; and the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In this way, the Center serves as a focal point within the University of Maryland for cross-disciplinary dialogue in the humanities.