Professor of German; Program Director, German Studies; Research Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, German Studies, Literature
Biography:M.A., Free University of Berlin; Ph.D., University of Munich. Also studied at University of Rome, La Sapienza. Has taught at institutions of higher learning in Germany, Vanderbilt University, and Oberlin College, and recently served as Alexander von Humboldt / Feodor Lynen Research Fellow at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching interests include 20th-century German literature and film; the political dimensions of culture, art, and thought; Hannah Arendt; and contemporary developments in German media and society after 1989. Among his publications are a monograph on Arendtï¿½s relationships with key postwar German writers; an intellectual biography of Arendt; and a edition of poetry by Thomas Brasch. He coedited Arendtï¿½s conversations and correspondence with the eminent German historian and political essayist Joachim Fest. He is also a literary critic and cultural correspondent for the German dailies Sï¿½ddeutsche Zeitung and Der Tagesspiegel. At Bard since 2012.