Graduate Students

  • Mengqi An

    Mengqi An

    Research Interests:  Russian literature of 19th and 20th centuries; Russian formalism; émigré literature; East-West comparison; comparative modernisms; philosophical aesthetics; gender; literature and intellectual history

  • Lucy Bergeret

    Lucy Bergeret

    MA, University of Paris 1 Sorbonne

    Research Interests:  Relations between ethics and literature and the history of psychology and psychoanalysis; links between hypnosis and literary texts in 19th-century French literature and the contemporary anglophone novel

  • Samantha Carmel

    Samantha Carmel

    Research Interests:  The importation of the concept of “value” from political-economy to moral and political philosophy; common influences, intellectual exchange, and affinities between the radical right (Carl Schmitt, Ernst Jünger, Ludwig Klages, et al.) and Western Marxists (Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno); the philosophical foundations of the Weimar Republic’s “Conservative Revolution”; theories of violence; critiques of liberal democracy; German Idealism; 20th-century European intellectual history

  • Misha Davidoff

    Misha Davidoff

    Research Interests:  History of modern German philosophy; philosophical exegesis; Kant’s conception of the two-stemmed mind; Kant’s conception of philosophical method.

  • 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

  • Nate McCabe

    Nate McCabe

    Research Interests:  Modernist poetry and its interactions with film and the film industry; media theory; the stakes of aesthetic autonomy for philosophers, artists, and historians.

  • Michael McCreary

    Michael McCreary

    Research Interests:  Educational theory and philosophy, critical pedagogy, the intellectual history of literacy studies and learning to read, American higher education and the public role of the humanities, the pedagogy of philosophical methods, ordinary language philosophy (Wittgenstein, Austin, Cavell, Diamond) and its relation to literature (Dostoevsky, Coetzee, et al.) and literary studies, Wittgenstein's philosophy of psychology, the philosophy of imagination, "postcritique," contemporary popular culture and new media (cinema, television, internet/social media)

  • Paula Mendes

    Paula Mendes

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

  • Marshall Meyer

    Marshall Meyer

    Research Interests:  German Idealism; the Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis and its American contingent (Adrian Johnston, Todd McGowan); the history of psychopathology; new formalism; art and politics under the Anthropocene; experimental literature

  • 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 Russian 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