Karin Roffman

Faculty Member


Senior Lecturer in Humanities; Associate Director Public Humanities


Karin Roffman has recently published the first biography of John Ashbery, The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life (FSG, 2017), which was named one of the 100 notable books for 2017 by the New York Times.  She also created a scholarly site and VR tour of John Ashbery’s home with the Yale Digital Humanities Lab.  The site can be accessed at: http://vr.ashberyhouse.yale.edu

She has published articles in Raritan, Modern Fiction Studies, ArtforumRain TaxiYale Review and others. Her first book, From the Modernist Annex: American Women Writers in Museums and Libraries (2010) won the University of Alabama Press’s American Literature Elizabeth Agee Manuscript Prize and subsequent publication.  Currently a Senior Lecturer in Humanities, English and American Studies at Yale University, and the Associate Director of Public Humanities, she has previously taught at West Point and Bard College.