Tara Menon

Adjunct Instructor
Writing Associate

Tara Menon is a Ph. D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Yale University and holds a M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale University and a B.A. from Colorado College. She was also awarded a Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship at Ashoka University and an Exchange Scholar at École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. 


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.