Richard Sacks


Department of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

email: sacks@columbia.edu
phone: 212 854-3917
office: 615 Philosophy Hall

office hours fall 2017 (note two different locations)
Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm in 606A Philosophy
or by appointment in 615 Philosophy

homepage: http://www.columbia.edu/~sacks/

602 Philosophy Hall, mail code 4927
1150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027


Update as of 12/13/17

Beginning after Thanksgiving, Prof. Sacks will be doubling his schedule of weekly office hours
(here is a link to the schedule of his extended-end-of-term hours)

His final office hours of the term will be on Thursday 12/14 from 11:30am-1:30pm in 615 Philosophy

Prof. Sacks will be away for the calendar year 2018;
he plans to return in January 2019 for the spring term 2019;
while he is away, the best way to contact him is via email (
sacks@columbia.edu)

Fall 2017 Office Hours (note two different locations)
Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm in 606A Philosophy
or by appointment in 615 Philosophy


B.A. (1974), Ph.D. (1978), Harvard. Professor Sacks joined Columbia's Department of English and Comparative Literature in 1978, and he has also taught courses for the Departments of Classics and of Germanic Language and Literatures. His work focuses on the literary, mythic and linguistic traditions of Homeric Greek, Old English, and Old Norse, but he also ranges into areas such as biblical narrative, Celtic myth and narrative, classical myth in English poetry, and modern epic poetry (especially Derek Walcott's Omeros, on which he is currently writing), as well as the field of information technology.  He has served terms at Columbia as Director of Academic Information Systems, and as Executive Director of Information Technology and Adjunct Professor of Management Information Systems at the Columbia Business School, as well as Director of the First-Year Writing Program in the College. Awards he has received include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, as well as a Distinguished Teaching Award from Columbia's School of General Studies. His publications include The Traditional Phrase in Homer: Two Studies in Form, Meaning and Interpretation, as well as articles on Greek, Old English and Old Norse poetry and linguistics, and on technology issues in higher education.