Marc Shell

Irving Babbit Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English Harvard University

Marc Shell is the Irving Babbit Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at Harvard University. He was born in Québec in 1947. As an undergraduate, he studied English Language at McGill University (Montréal) and History at Trinity College (Cambridge). He received a BA in English Language & Literature and also in Social Thought & Institutions from Stanford University (1968).  He has an MA (1972) and PhD (1975) in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Before coming to Harvard University, Professor Shell taught in the Department of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1974-1986) and headed the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (1986-1991). His administrative duties at Harvard have included chairing the Literature Concentration and the Department of Comparative Literature. Profressor Shell co-founded Harvard's summer schools in Olympia (Greece) and Cascais (Portugal). More recently, he has taught during summers at Harvard's Summer School in Venice (Italy). During the 2007-09 academic year terms, when classes at Harvard were not in session, Professor Shell was scholar-in-residence, for one week each, at three institutions: Nanjing Normal University (Nanjing, China), the City University of New York (Brooklyn, NY), and the United Arab Emirates University (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates). Professor Shell is Faculty Associate at Harvard's Center for the Environment.