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Maura Spiegel, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of English and Comparative Literature; Founder and Co-Director, CUIMC Division of Narrative Medicine

Maura Spiegel, a Founder and Co-Director of the CUIMC Division of Narrative Medicine, is Senior Lecturer of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she teaches courses on fiction and film. Her book, Sidney Lumet: A Life, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2019. Professor Spiegel co-edited the journal Literature and Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press) with Rita Charon, MD, Ph.D., for seven years. In addition, her book, The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History (Workman), was a Book-of-the-Month Club Quality Paperbacks selection. She has written for The New York Times and has published essays on the history of the emotions, Charles Dickens, diamonds in the movies, among many other topics. 


  • Ph.D.,  Columbia University
  • B.A., Bennington College


  • Sidney Lumet: A Life. Maura Spiegel. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2019.
  • The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta, Nellie Hermann, Craig Irvine, Eric Marcus, Edgar Rivera Colón, Danielle Spencer, Maura Spiegel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying and Living On. Ed. Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman. New York: Anchor/Doubleday, 1997.
  • The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History. Maura Spiegel and Lithe Sebesta. New York: Workman, 2002.