Sharon Marcus

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Sharon Marcus is Dean of Humanities and Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University as well as the co-founder and co-editor in chief of Public Books, a bimonthly review of books, arts, and ideas.  

A literary critic, cultural historian, and feminist theorist, Sharon Marcus is the author of two books: Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999), and the prize-winning Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton: 2007).  She has guest edited several special issues of scholarly journals, including a controversial 2009 issue of Representations, "The Way We Read Now" (co-edited with Stephen Best) and a special 2015 issue of Public Culture on "Celebrities and Publics in the Internet Era."  She is currently completing a book on the history and theory of modern celebrity.