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Michael Fried
Professor, J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities
(secondary appointment: Department of the History of Art); Job Placement Officer.
Modern art and literature, critical theory, modern poetry
(410) 516-7618


Leonardo Lisi
Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
European literature of the long nineteenth century; European modernism; Kierkegaard and German idealism; tragedy and the tragic; philosophical aesthetics and literary forms
(410) 516-8359


Paola Marrati
Professor (secondary appointment: Department of Philosophy); Director of Graduate Studies
Modern and contemporary French Philosophy, American Pragmatism and Skepticism, Phenomenology, Philosophy and Cinema, Feminist and Queer Theory.
(410) 516-0542


Anne Eakin Moss
Assistant Professor
Russian literature and cinema
(410) 516-6503


Yi-Ping Ong
Assistant Professor
Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Literature and Philosophy, the Novel, Modernism, Existentialism, Ethics and Justice in Contemporary Anglophone Literature.
(410) 516-6500


Orna Ophir
Adjunct Associate Professor
History and theory of psychoanalysis, psychology, and psychiatry; medical humanities and the sociology of knowledge; psychoanalytic aesthetics, Melanie Klein


Elizabeth Patton
Senior Lecturer; Director, Great Books at Hopkins
Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation, with a research emphasis on post-Reformation English Catholicism
(603) 321-9692


Hent de Vries
Professor, Russ Family Chair in the Humanities; Director, Humanities Center
(secondary appointment: Department of Philosophy)
Modern European thought, history and critique of metaphysics, philosophies of religion, political theologies, concepts of violence, literature and temporality.
(410) 516-0474


Postdoctoral Fellows


Larry S. McGrath
Richard Macksey Humanities Fellow
Modern European and Atlantic history; Science, philosophy and society in the 19th-20th c.; Bergson and French spiritualism


Nils F. Schott
James M. Motley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities
The eighteenth century and its legacies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, philosophy and religion, philosophies of time


Visiting Scholars


Nidesh Lawtoo
Visiting Scholar
Literary and philosophical modernism; Nietzsche and critical theory; Joseph Conrad; postcolonial literature; theories of mimesis and of the unconscious




Barbara Cassin
Director of research at the CNRS, director of the Léon Robin Center for Research on Ancient Thought, and President of the Collège International de Philosophie


Susan James
Professor of Philosophy, Birkbeck College University of London


David Wellbery
LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor, Chair of the Department of Germanic Studies and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture at the University of Chicago




Neil Hertz
Professor Emeritus


Ruth Leys
Henry Wiesenfeld Professor of Humanities Emerita


Richard A. Macksey
Professor Emeritus


Nancy Struever
Professor Emerita


Joint Appointments


Christopher Celenza
Charles Homer Haskins Professor, Classics and German and Romance Languages and Literatures


Veena Das
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor (Anthropology): Feminist Movements, gender studies, sectarian violence, Medical Anthropology, post-Colonial and post-Structural theory; South Asia, Europe.


Eckart Förster
Professor (Philosophy): Metaphysics, history of philosophy, Kant and German idealism.

Yitzhak Melamed
Professor (Philosophy): Early Modern Philosophy; German Idealism; Metaphysics; Time; Humanism and its Critiques; Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Rabbinics
Jacques Neefs
James M. Beall Professor of French (German and Romance Languages): 19th Century French Literature
Molly Warnock
Assistant Professor (History of Art): European and North American art and critical theory from early twentieth-century modernism to the present
Dimitrios Yatromanolakis
Associate Professor (Classics): Ancient Greek literature and thought, archaic and classical sociocultural history, historical and comparative anthropology, Greek epigraphy and papyrology.


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Marva Philip
Senior Administrative Coordinator
(410) 516-7619


Jason Oliver
Systems Engineer
Johns Hopkins University
Gilman 203
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Voice: 410-516-3479
Fax: 410-516-4897
(410) 516-3479


Sue Waterman
Research Librarian
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218
Voice: 410-516-5212
Fax: 410-516-8399
(410) 516-5212


Graduate Students

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PhD Students


Sara El Amin
I studied Mathematics and Philosophy. I did my masters in Contemporary Philosophy at Paris I Sorbonne University. Interests: Philosophy of language, Existentialism, the use of language in literature and philosophy; Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Foucault, Derrida. I also like doing realist theatre.


Katherine Boyce-Jacino
Interests: The development of the Communist Opposition in the inter-war years, the philosophical intersection between cosmology and history, and notions of space.


Martijn Buijs
Martijn Buijs studied philosophy and English literature at the Universiteit van Amsterdam before coming to Johns Hopkins in 2010. His research is concerned with philosophy in its relation to religion (the mystical tradition, negative theology, 20th-century Jewish philosophy) and to literature (German Idealist aesthetics, philosophy of tragedy). He is preparing a dissertation on the subject of revelation in Schelling's late philosophy. In addition, he has translated a collection of essays by Giorgio Agamben into Dutch and is currently writing a small book on the same author.


Samantha Carmel
Interests: the 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 studies philosophy.

Benjamin DeForest
Interests: the 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 studied Italian and Comparative Literature in Milan, Berlin and Siena. She has written on Erich Auerbach’s theory of literary representation and on figural images in the poetry of Baudelaire and Rilke.
Her current research examines the figure of the transparent human throughout the literary and cultural history of modernity, particularly its epistemological implications and questions of corporeality.


Loumia Ferhat
Interests: medieval and modern philosophy, especially the questions of novelty and creation.


Ben Gillespie
Interests: Poetry and the visual arts in the 19th and 20th centuries; originality and sincerity; notions of modernism and the avant-garde; Mina Loy and Emily Dickinson.


Scott Gottbreht
Scott Gottbreht's work focuses on the interdisciplinary intersection of literature, philosophy, and political theory. His interests include theories of empowerment, violence, and oppression. He has taught courses on urbanity and sexual empowerment, and his dissertation research centers around the promises and pitfalls of anonymous social advocacies as strategies of resistance and forces of domination.


Alexander Host
Alexander Host is interested in ideas about normativity and aesthetics, particularly as they appear in German philosophy (primarily Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche) and post-Wittgensteinian philosophy (primarily Cavell). Other favorites include Dostoevsky, Proust, Heidegger, and Arendt.


Jacob Levi
Jacob works on 19th and 20th Century European philosophy, focusing on the relationship between language and metaphysics. His interests include the phenomenological tradition (Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty), 20th Century German-Jewish thinkers (Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Scholem), and the reception of Heidegger in France. Jacob is also interested in fin-de-siècle French literature and its philosophical undercurrents.


Omid Mehrgan
Having started out as a freelance translator, columnist, and essayist, I studied German language and philosophy outside the academy, like many others of my generation. I have co-translated, among others, Adorno and Horkeimer's Dialektik der Aufklärung, Giorgio Agamben's Means Without End, and essays by Walter Benjamin into Farsi.
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
I am interested in time and timelessness as key interdisciplinary concepts. Since these concepts shape creative activity in areas as different as art, philosophy, science, and religion, their study plays an important role in understanding how meaning is created in each of these fields and points to revealing similarities between these areas. My ultimate intent is to write about how a philosophical revision of our conceptions of time and timelessness would contribute to physicists' current pursuit of a theory of everything. Other interests are gender studies, philosophy of music, and Brazilian literature and criticism. I also write and record music and perform at local venues.


Avraham Rot
Interests: Modern European philosophy and intellectual history with particular focus on the intersections of existentialism, phenomenology, and psychoanalysis. In terms of subject matter, I am especially interested in the history and theories of the affects and the ontological and ethical problems of repetition, temporality, intention, and habit. My research examines the religious origins, philosophy, and psychology of anxiety and boredom in the context of the history of secularization, the sociology of modernity, and the differentiation between the normal and the pathological.


Daniel Schwartz
Interests: philosophies and literature of music (Kierkegaard, E.T.A. Hoffman, Hermann Broch, Thomas Mann, Adorno), optical illusions and pre-cinema (Werner Nekes), film (soviet comedy, Georgi Daneliya, Tarkovsky, Kalatozov), Andrei Bely, Kierkegaard and Heidegger.

Benjamin Stein
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.

MA Students


Vistiting Students


Lucy Bergeret
Visiting student 2014/15
Lucy Bergeret completed her Master's in contemporary philosophy on James Joyce’s Ulysses and the works of William James at the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne in 2010. She is currently a PhD student in contemporary moral philosophy at the Sorbonne, interested in the links between ethics and literature. Her research focuses on the works of Martha Nussbaum and Iris Murdoch, especially with regard the ethical implications of the twentieth-century novel.



Marouane Essadek
Visiting Student 2014/15
Marouane Essadek is a student both at  Sorbonne University (Paris I) and the ENS rue d'Ulm. He completed a Master's degree in philosophy with a thesis on Hobbes, Marx, and their understandings of political domination through religion and morals. His philosophical interests are Kant's moral philosophy, political philosophy (Hobbes, Spinoza, Marx), sociology (Bourdieu, etc). He is also interested in American Hip Hop from a sociological and poetic perspective, and particularly in the way Rap has developed a distinct culture that is frequently misunderstood.


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