Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars Program

The Department of English takes on a small number of Visiting Scholars each year. This highly selective program allows professors employed by other universities to make use of Harvard University’s resources, with the option of auditing Department of English courses (with permission of instructors). For more details, please see the “About” section below.

2016-2017 Visiting Scholars

Erik Redling
Dr. Erik Redling is a Professor in the Department of American Studies and the Department of Literature and Culture at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Halle, Germany. His research will focus on nineteenth and twentieth-century American dialect writing as he prepares his book, Translation and the Exploration of Image-Sound Relations in American Dialect Writing. His faculty sponsor is Amanda Claybaugh.

Stephen Tifft
Professor Stephen Tifft is a Professor of English at Williams College. He will be engaged in research towards the completion of his book, Staging Public Outrage, a study of the dynamics of public outrage over works of art. His faculty sponsor is Martin Puchner.

Anita Sokolsky
Professor Anita Sokolsky is a Professor of English at Williams College. Her research, focused on eighteenth and nineteenth-century novelists and political philosophers, will explore fanaticism as a western religious and political phenomenon. She is preparing her book, The Object of Introspection: Fanaticism in British Literature, 1700-1910. Her faculty sponsor is Gordon Teskey.

Yixuan Wang
Professor Yixuan Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of British and American Literature at Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China. Her research will focus on spatiality and somaesthetics in Joyce Carol Oates’s fiction. Her faculty sponsor is John Stauffer.


About the Program

Scholars accepted to the Visiting Scholars program may:

  • Audit department courses with instructor permission.
  • Use the Harvard libraries.
  • With charges, use Harvard facilities such as the faculty club and gyms.

How do I apply to become a Visiting Scholar?

Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications are due March 1st (for the following academic year).  Responses to applications are generally received the following month.

Application Requirements

Visiting Scholars must be professors currently employed by a university in the field of English literature. The University requires that a Visiting Scholar have $2,500 per month of their stay to cover living expenses, and scholars must make their own arrangements for housing, computing, and office space while at Harvard. Visiting Scholar appointments are made for a minimum of three months and a maximum of 12 months.

Application materials

To apply, email the following documents, in PDF format, to

  • Your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A 3-4 page research proposal
  • The dates of your intended visit

The Visiting Scholars Committee emails its decision to applicants several weeks after the deadline. Please do not contact faculty directly.


I’m a graduate student from another university. How can I study at Harvard?

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers the option of enrolling as a Special Student or Visiting Fellow. See here for more details. Please note that the Department of English does not play a role in the administration of this program.

I only want to use Harvard’s libraries for a few days. What are my options?

Widener Library offers faculty at other institutions and Ph.D. candidates a Special Borrower’s Card for six days each year. More information can be found here.

I have other questions. Whom should I contact?

Please email your question to Lea Sabatini at