Skip Navigation

Avraham Rot

Richard Macksey Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities Center

Intellectual history; history of mental health; history of emotions; phenomenology and psychoanalysis; secularization

The Humanities Center
Gilman 213
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Fax: 410-516-7354

Avraham Rot is Richard A. Macksey Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities Center. He holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in German studies and a B.A. in history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2009–10, he was Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

His research and teaching explore themes in the history of philosophy, psychology, and psychiatry in the Western tradition, with a special focus on secularization, psychopathology, and the history of emotions. He is currently at work on a book project entitled From Anxiety to Boredom: The Emotional History of Secularization, which sets forth the claim that the transformation of anxiety into boredom is the emotional aspect of the history of secularization. Growing out from this work, a second book project, tentatively entitled Orderly and Disorderly Passions: The Postulate of Anxiety in Psychopathology, examines the ubiquity of anxiety vis-à-vis the conspicuous absence of boredom in modern psychopathology, from Sigmund Freud’s writings to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Other work in progress includes an article entitled “The Ontological Status of the Affects in Spinoza’s Metaphysics: ‘Being in,’ ‘Affection of,’ and the Affirmation of Finitude.”

Avraham Rot has published papers on post-national European identity, postwar German collective memory, and the historiography of Russian Jewry in the nineteenth century. He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, a research award of the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, and a grant of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window of the European Union at the Free University of Brussels.

Curriculum Vitae

Style DIV, please skip.

Style DIV, please skip.