The dissertation is defended by oral examination before a committee including the sponsor, the second reader, a third reader with a specific interest in comparative literature and society, and two other faculty selected from outside the list of participating faculty listed above whose fields are appropriate to the candidate’s dissertation subject.

Please email ICLS Program Coordinator, Kelly Lemons, at kkl2116@columbia.edu  when you are ready to schedule your dissertation defense.

Students should familiarize themselves with the GSAS Guidelines for Dissertation Distribution and Defense.

Please note: It is recommended that students in the dissertation-writing phase schedule a date to present their work in the ICLS Graduate Student Colloquium. This is a valuable opportunity to present a chapter in progress for feedback on the comparative work well in advance of the dissertation defense. Please contact the ICLS office for more information.