Shifra Sharlin came to the Graduate Center in August 2011 and was appointed to the faculty in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies (MALS) in April 2012. She is now serving as a deputy executive officer for MALS. Sharlin earned an A.B. in ancient Greek and a master’s in rhetoric at the University of California–Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her dissertation was on the early twentieth-century Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. Among the essays she is noted for are “Thucydides and the Powell Doctrine,” Raritan (Summer 2004); “Cringing About Culture: The City Looks at the Provinces,” Salmagundi (2008); “Better Practices in Mourning,” Southwest Review (2009), which was named a “Notable” in Best American Essays 2010; “Not Against Irony,” Hotel Amerikia (2011); “On Hearing Hans Joas Lecture About the Soul,” New Letters (2011); and “Differences: Sade, Austen, and the Biblia Hebraica On Marriage,” Salmagundi (forthcoming).