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Patricia E Grieve

Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

I am the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and currently a Fellow of the Public Voices Initiative of the OpEd Project. My work focuses on the role that stories and storytelling play in reflecting and shaping cultures in ancient, medieval and early modern literary and historical texts, and often their relevance to today's issues; on gender issues, human rights, and Christian, Muslim, and Jewish relations in the Mediterranean Basin; liberal arts and core curricula in higher education; the incorporation of "the global" into college curricula; collegiate sports as the faculty representative to the NCAA. I have been Chair of my department (Latin American and Iberian Cultures), chair of Columbia's Committee on the Core, Global Core, and Literature Humanities; held various positions on University Senate, Executive Division of Comparative Early Modern Studies of the Modern Language Association; chaired University Task Force on Sexual Misconduct; served on many provostial and presidential task forces from hybrid learning to the future of graduate and undergraduate education


  • –present
    Professor of Humanities, Columbia University


  • 1983 
    Princeton University, Ph.D. Romance Languages and Literatures