Professor David Damrosch is the lead advisor for Invitation to World Literature, and is a key commentator in each of the videos. Professor Damrosch teaches Comparative Literature at Harvard University and is an internationally renowned scholar of World Literature. He is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, and directed its 2009 annual meeting. He has written widely on World Literature from antiquity to the present. His books include What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2008). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004), editor of Teaching World Literature (2009), and co-editor of The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, Professor Damrosch taught at Columbia University. He received his BA and Ph.D. from Yale University.
His works have been translated into an eclectic series of languages, including Chinese, Estonian, Vietnamese and Turkish.