Jonathan Arac returned to Pitt in 2006 as Andrew Mellon Professor of English after five years at Columbia University, where he served as a department chair. Since 1979, he has served on the editorial group of boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture edited at the University of Pittsburgh, and from 2001 until 2012, he chaired the Advisory Committee for the Successful Societies Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is the author of six books and many essays on American and British literature. He has also edited six volumes of original essays by many hands on topics in criticism and theory. His current work focuses especially on the novel in the United States and on questions of language in American writing.

Through his experiences at other institutions, Professor Arac has seen the benefits a humanities center brings to university faculty and students. It offers a showcase to honor and to disseminate the most exciting and innovative work, and by this means it inspires and strengthens ongoing projects.



Associate Director 

Dan Kubis received a PhD in critical and cultural studies from Pitt’s English department in 2013. His dissertation, titled “Fighting for a Common Cause: Literary Theory in the Age of Reagan,” examined arguments that various American literary critics made for the public value of literary theory in the 1980’s. Dan also received a BA in philosophy and architectural studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in philosophy from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Prior to returning to Pitt to pursue graduate studies in literature, Dan held a number of positions in higher education in the US and abroad, including working in the admissions office of the California College of the Arts and teaching English language and literature in Poland. From 2013-2016, he was a writer in the Office of the Provost at Pitt, a job that included providing support for Pitt’s Year of Humanities in the University. His research, teaching, and administrative work have focused on promoting the value of the humanities in educational settings and beyond.


Phone: 412.624.3932.
Cathedral of Learning 628 A


Program Coordinator 

Fredrika Odelstierna
602 Cathedral of Learning


Support Staff

Maureen Henderson: Administrative Officer; Budget
Nicky Acierno: Payroll Administrator 

Advisory Committee

Director of Graduate Studies (Slavic) and Director of Global Studies (UCIS)
Todd Reeser
Professor of French and Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program
Jennifer Whiting
Professor of Philosophy