David Kettler

Research Professor

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Political Studies

Academic Expertise: Political Studies

Area of Specialization: Political and social thought in historical context


A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University. Professor emeritus, political studies, Trent University, Canada. Author or coauthor: Adam Ferguson: His Social and Political Thought (expanded edition, 2005); Marxismus und Kultur; Karl Mannheim; Karl Mannheim and the Crisis of Liberalism: The Secret of These New Times; Sociology as Political Education; Domestic Regimes, the Rule of Law, and Democratic Social Change; Exile, Science and Bildung; The Limits of Exile; Karl Mannheim and the Legacy of Max Weber; The Liquidation of Exile; Erste Briefe: Nach dem Krieg. Editor/translator of several volumes. Numerous articles in professional journals, edited volumes, handbooks, encyclopedias. At Bard since 1991.


  • Research Interests: Exile studies, especially in the Nazi period; German social theory of the pre-Hitler era; politics of law
  • Teaching Interests: Workshops in selected political theory texts; tutorials in areas of interest
  • Other Interests: 18th-century Scottish moral philosophy; sociology of knowledge


2012 — Publication
“'Erste Briefe’ nach Deutschland 1945-1950: Gibt es ein Zurück?“ in Detlef Garz and David Kettler, eds., Nach dem Krieg! - Nach dem Exil? Erste Briefe/First Letters. Munich: text+kritik, 2012.

2012 — Publication
Nach dem Krieg! - Nach dem Exil? Erste Briefe/First Letters, co-editor (with Detlef Garz). Munich: text+kritik, 2012

2012 — Publication
“Georg Lukács und David Kettler,” pp. 23-66 in Frank Benseler/Rüdiger Dannemann, eds., Lukács 2012/2013. Georg Lukács zum 125. Geburtstag. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, 2012

2012 — Publication
“'How can we tell it to the children?’ A Deliberation at the Institute for Social Research: January 1941.” (with Thomas Wheatland) Thesis Eleven. 2012.

2012 — Publication
“Karl Mannheim and Georg Simmel. Introduction to Soul and Culture,” (with Volker Meja and Anna Wessely) Theory, Culture and Society. 2012.

2011 — Publication
“Weimar Sociology” (with Colin Loader) in Peter Gordon and John McCormick, eds. Weimar Thought. A Critical History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.

2011 — Publication
“Ausgebrannt im Exil? Erste Briefe zweier ‘verbrannte’ Dichter. Die Korrespondenzen Kesten-Kästner und Graf-Hartung.” Pp. 63-81 in Primus-Heinz Kucher, et al. eds., Erste Briefe/First Letters aus dem Exil, 1945-1950. Unmögliche Gespräche. Munich: Edition text+kritik, 2011.

2010 — Publication
"Una 'primera carta' de Siegfried Kracauer". En: Carlos Eduardo J. Machado / Miguel Vedda (eds.), Siegfried Kracauer: un pensador más allá de las fronteras. Buenos Aires: Gorla, 2010, pp. 171-178.

2009 — Publication
“Le prime letteri dei refugees; una liquidazione dell’esperienza dell’esilio?” Memoria e Ricerca. Rivista di storia contemporanea. 31. Maggio/agosto 2009. 103-120

2008 — Publication
“Erste Briefe. Zwischen Exil und Rückkehr,” Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte (May 2008), 79-107.

2008 — Publication
"Antifascism as Ideology: Review and Introduction," pp. 139-159 in Anna Wessely, Karoly Kokai, and Zoltan Peter, eds., Habitus, Identität und die exilierten Dispositionen. Budapest: Nemzeti Tankönyvkiado, 2008.

2008 — Publication
“Franz L. Neumann,” in William A. Darity Jr., ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. 9 vols. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008.

2008 — Publication
“Arendt on Mannheim,” Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities. http://www.bard.edu/arendtcollection/gallery

2008 — Publication

"Political Education for Empire and Revolution,” Pp. 87-114 in Eugene Heath and Vincenzo Merolle, eds., Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2008.


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