Ph.D., German Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 2006
B.A., Political Philosophy and German Davidson College, Spring 1999
My research interests include European Romanticism and Enlightenment, intellectual history, media and social theory.
- German Intellectual History: Spinoza to Hegel
- Romanticism and Critique
- The Order of Enlightenment
- Introduction to German Literature
- The Idea of the University
- European Romanticism
- The Human Knowledge Project from Gutenberg to Google
- The Death of God
Becoming Human: Romantic Anthropology and the Embodiment of Freedom(Penn State University Press, Series in Philosophy and Literature, 2010)
Book Manuscripts in Progress
Organizing Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Information Overload and the Invention of Disciplinarity
“Touching Books: Diderot, Novalis and the Encyclopedia of the Future,” Representations 114:1 (2011): 65-102.
“Goethe’s Morphology of Knowledge, or the Overgrowth of Nomenclature,” Goethe Yearbook 17 (2010): 153-177.
“Kant and the Feelings of Reason,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 42:4 (2009): 557-580.
“Languages, Cultural Studies and the Future of Foreign Language Education,” Modern Language Journal (92:2) 2008: 292-295.
“From Bildung durch Sprache to Language Ecology. The Multilingual Challenge,” with Claire Kramsch. Münchener Arbeiten zur Fremdsprachenforschung 22 (2008): 215-225.
“Lyrical Feeling: Novalis’ Anthropology of the Senses,” Studies in Romanticism 47:4 (2008): 453-478.
“The Problem of Framing in Foreign Language Education: The Case of German,” with Claire Kramsch, Tes Howell and Chantelle Warner. Critical Inquiries in Language Studies. Fall 2007.
“Poesie as Anthropology: Schleiermacher, Colonial History and the Ethics of Ethnography,” The German Quarterly. Fall 79.4 (2006).
Review of Louis Menand The Marketplace of Ideas and Mark Taylor Crisis on Campus, The Hedgehog Review 13:1 (2011): 88-91.
Revie Review of Stefani Engelstein, Anxious Anatomy, forthcoming Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography.
Review of John B. Lyon’s Crafting the Flesh, Crafting the Self, in German Studies Review, Winter 2008.
Review of Tom Gunning’s The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Modernity, in Medienwissenschaft Spring 2002.
Honors and Activities
NEH Summer Seminar, “The Study of Religion,” July 2011
ACLS Ryskamp Fellowship, Fall/Spring 2011-12
Sesqui Fellowship, University of Virginia, Fall 2010
All-University Teaching Award, UVa 2010
Mead Prize, University of Virginia Teaching Prize 2008
University of Virginia, Summer Research Grant, 2007 and 2008
Max Kade Prize, Awarded for Best Article of the Year in the German Quarterly 2007
University of Virginia, Educational Diversity Fellowship 2007
Georgetown University, Course Development Grant 2006
Davidson College Faculty Research Grant 2005
Davidson College Faculty Research Grant 2004
Social Science Research Council, Berlin Program Fellow 2005-2006 (declined)
Fulbright Scholar 2004-2005 (declined)
DAAD Fellowship 2004-2005 (declined)
Qui Parle (interdisciplinary journal of philosophy, literature and art) Editor, 2002-2004
Berkeley Language Center Fellow, 2002-2003
Frank Steinway Essay Award, UC Berkeley Department of German Best Essay Award for “Being-in-the-Metropolis: Ruttmann, Heidegger and Boredom,” 2001
Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, Davidson College, 1999
Davidson College Outstanding German Scholar Award, 1999
Stuart Scholar, 1997-1999
Floyd E. Moreland Fellowship for study at CUNY’s Greek Institute, 1997
Bonner Scholar, 1995-1999