Irene Butter Collegiate Professor of
English and Comparative Literature
University of Michigan
Yopie Prins grew up in The Netherlands and in upstate New York. She graduated with Highest Honors in Ancient Greek from Swarthmore College, and was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study English Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge University.
As a Fulbright Scholar, she pursued a year of Translation Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In 1991 she received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.
After teaching at Oberlin College for four years, she joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she specializes in nineteenth-century poetry, comparative poetics, lyric theory, classical reception studies, and critical translation studies.
She is the recipient of NEH and Guggenheim Fellowships, and has served as President (2015-16) and Vice President (2013-15) of the American Comparative Literature Association. Currently she is Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.