Graduate Students

  • Sara El Amin

    Sara El Amin

    Research Interests: Philosophy of language, existentialism, the use of language in literature and philosophy; Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Foucault, Derrida, realist theatre

  • Lucy Bergeret

    Lucy Bergeret

    Research Interests: Links between ethics and literature, the works of Martha Nussbaum and Iris Murdoch with regard to the ethical implications of the 20th-century novel

  • Katherine Boyce-Jacino

    Katherine Boyce-Jacino

    Research Interests: Cultural history of astronomy in the 20th century, history of fashion, history of modernity, feminist and queer theory

  • Martijn Buijs

    Martijn Buijs

    Research Interests: Philosophy in its relation to religion (the mystical tradition, negative theology, 20th-century Jewish philosophy) and to literature (German Idealist aesthetics, philosophy of tragedy)

  • Samantha Carmel

    Samantha Carmel

    Research Interests: Critique of culture and metaphysics in Nietzsche and Heidegger, and its heritage in German Romanticism (Herder) and Counter-Enlightenment philosophy and literature (Hamann, Spengler, Jünger, Celine...); ontology of technology; aesthetics and phenomenology

  • Misha Davidoff

    Misha Davidoff

    Research Interests: Philosophy

  • Benjamin DeForest

    Benjamin DeForest

    Research Interests: History of western scholarly practices, especially since the advent of the university; intellectual disciplinarity as a philosophical problem; Romantic thought and literature; Vico, Goethe, Heidegger, Auerbach

  • Elena Fabietti

    Elena Fabietti

    Research Interests: Figure of the transparent human throughout the literary and cultural history of modernity, particularly its epistemological implications and questions of corporeality

  • Loumia Ferhat

    Loumia Ferhat

    Research Interests: Medieval and modern philosophy, especially the questions of novelty and creation

  • Ben Gillespie

    Ben Gillespie

    Research Interests: Poetry and the visual arts in the 19th and 20th centuries; print culture, manuscript studies, and critical bibliography; originality and sincerity; conceptions of modernism and the avant-garde; Mina Loy and Emily Dickinson

  • Scott Gottbreht

    Scott Gottbreht

    Research Interests: Interdisciplinary intersection of literature, philosophy, and political theory; theories of empowerment, violence, and oppression

  • Alexander Host

    Alexander Host

    Research Interests: Ideas about normativity and aesthetics, particularly as they appear in German philosophy (primarily Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche) and post-Wittgensteinian philosophy (primarily Cavell)

  • Ezgi Ince

    Ezgi Ince

    Research Interests: Intersectional and intermedial links between text, image, and music; sociology of art and music; aesthetics; modernism and avant-garde; poetry and the visual arts in the 20th and 21st centuries; collective memory and trauma writing; American popular culture

  • Jacob Levi

    Jacob Levi

    Research Interests: 19th and 20th century European philosophy, focusing on the relationship between language and metaphysics; phenomenological tradition (Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty); 20th century German-Jewish thinkers (Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Scholem); the reception of Heidegger in France; fin-de-siècle French literature and its philosophical undercurrents

  • Michael McCreary

    Michael McCreary

    Research Interests: Dialectical relationships between the traditional and the "modern" and between the natural and the conventional, especially as brought out by political economy as inspired by Marx, educational theory as pursued by Freire, existentialist literature as anticipated by Dostoevsky, and everyday philosophy as imagined by Wittgenstein and Cavell

  • Omid Mehrgan

    Omid Mehrgan

    Research Interests: The Frankfurt School; German Romanticism and theories of Bildung; Marx' theory of critique and historiography; biblical theology; theory and practice of translation; emancipatory politics; the Iranian experience in contemporary poetry (esp. Nima Yushij); Bertolt Brecht as a contemporary of Benjamin

  • Paula Mendes

    Paula Mendes

    Research Interests: Time and timelessness as key interdisciplinary concepts, gender studies, philosophy of music, and Brazilian literature and criticism

  • Harel Newman

    Research Interests: Love and sexuality, the body, alterity, religiosity, and identity; queer, Jewish, and disabled figures within the Western canon(s) of the long 20th century; queer, Jewish, and disabled studies generally; aesthetics; existentialism; postmodern theology; Classical Greek; and philosophies of language and science, particular Greek and existential

  • Hale Sirin

    Hale Sirin

    Research Interests: 19- and 20-century European literature, modernism, 19-century Ottoman intellectual history, ethics, secularism

  • Benjamin Stein

    Benjamin Stein

    Research Interests: Modernist novel; modernist aesthetics; comparative modernisms; ordinary language philosophy, particularly concerning failures of communication and language in interwar Anglo-American and Soviet traditions; question of the subject and community in modernist literature

  • Christopher Taylor

    Research Interests: Intersection of philosophical aesthetics, film and media studies, and political theory, particularly the relationship between the evolution of artistic media, theories of thought and action, and practices of spectatorship during the interwar and post-war periods; Brechtian theatre; French, German, and Japanese cinema; comparative film theory; the politics of dramatic and cinematic forms

  • Maddie Wells

    Maddie Wells

    Research Interests: Relationship between political economy, language, and aesthetics under finance capitalism; Marx’s theory of value; Italian autonomism; the history of affective labor and the gig economy; the political dimensions of new materialism