Elizabeth Marcus

  • Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program
  • Department of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University




Elizabeth Marcus is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of French and Institute of Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her primary research interests include the study of language and identity in the Middle East, the formation of political and cultural identities in post-colonial contexts, and the postcolonial impact of French colonialism. Drawing on insights from anthropology, social anthropology and cultural history, her dissertation examines the interplay between language and sectarian identity formation in Lebanon from 1958-1989 in the work and writings of Lebanese intellectuals and writers. Her work has been funded a number of fellowships, including the Chateaubriand Fellowship, the Columbia-Paris Alliance Doctoral Mobility Fellowship, and the Center for British Research in the Levant Research Grant.