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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

mmf8@jhu.edu
(410) 516-7618

 

Ruth Leys
Henry Wiesenfeld Professor of Humanities
(secondary appointment: Department of History). Director of Graduate Studies.
History and theory of psychoanalysis, history of psychiatry and
psychology, 19th- and 20th-century intellectual history, feminist theory.

leys100@gmail.com
(410) 516-7368

 

Leonardo Lisi
Assistant Professor
European literature of the long nineteenth century; European modernism; Kierkegaard and German idealism; tragedy and the tragic; philosophical aesthetics and literary forms

leonardo.lisi@jhu.edu
(410) 516-8359

 

Paola Marrati
Professor (secondary appointment: Department of Philosophy).
Modern and contemporary French Philosophy, American Pragmatism and Skepticism, Phenomenology, Philosophy and Cinema, Feminist and Queer Theory.

pmarrati@jhu.edu
(410) 516-0542

 

Anne Eakin Moss
Assistant Professor
Russian literature and cinema

aeakinmoss@jhu.edu
(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.

yi-ping.ong@jhu.edu
(410) 516-6500

 

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.

hentdevries@jhu.edu
(410) 516-0474

 
   

Visiting Faculty

  

Kristin Boyce
ACLS New Faculty Fellow
Aesthetics, History of Early Analytic Philosophy, Wittgenstein

kboyce2@jhu.edu
410-516-7913

 

Rachel Galvin
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Twentieth-century poetry in English, Spanish, and French; poetry of the Americas; literature and war; comparative poetics; Modernism; Oulipo; Hemispheric Studies

rgalvin2@jhu.edu
410-516-0338

 

Elizabeth Patton
Visiting Assistant Professor
Renaissance and early modern literature with special emphasis on women writers.

epatton@jhu.edu
(603) 321-9692

 

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

n.schott@jhu.edu

 

Martin Shuster
James M. Motley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities
Ethics, Aesthetics, Social and Political Philosophy, 19/20th Century European Philosophy, Kant and German Idealism, and Jewish Thought and Philosophy

martin.shuster@jhu.edu

 

Visiting Scholars

  
Ulrich Koch
Visiting Scholar
History and philosophy of the human sciences, in particular, history of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis, history of critique of psychology, cultural theories of madness, critical theory

koch@jhu.edu

 

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

nlawtoo1@jhu.edu

 

Emeriti

  

Neil Hertz
Professor Emeritus

hertz@jhu.edu

 

Richard A. Macksey
Professor Emeritus

ramacksey@comcast.net

 

Nancy Struever
Professor Emerita

nancy.struever@gmail.com

 

Joint Appointments

  

Christopher Celenza
Charles Homer Haskins Professor (German and Romance Languages and Literatures): Italian Literature.

celenza@jhu.edu

 

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

veenadas@jhu.edu

 

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

eckart.forster@jhu.edu

 
Yitzhak Melamed
Professor (Philosophy): Early Modern Philosophy; German Idealism; Metaphysics; Time; Humanism and its Critiques; Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Rabbinics

ymelame1@jhu.edu
 
Jacques Neefs
James M. Beall Professor of French (German and Romance Languages): 19th Century French Literature

jneefs@jhu.edu
 
Molly Warnock
Assistant Professor (History of Art): European and North American art and critical theory from early twentieth-century modernism to the present

mwarnoc1@jhu.edu
 
Dimitrios Yatromanolakis
Associate Professor (Classics): Ancient Greek literature and thought, archaic and classical sociocultural history, historical and comparative anthropology, Greek epigraphy and papyrology.

yatroman@jhu.edu
 

Staff

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Marva Philip
Senior Administrative Coordinator



humanitiescenter@jhu.edu
(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

jason.oliverjhu.edu
(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

waterman@jhu.edu
(410) 516-5212

 

Graduate Students

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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.

saelam86@gmail.com

 

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.

kboycej1@jhu.edu

 

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.

mbuijs4@jhu.edu

 

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

samantha.carmel@gmail.com

 
Misha Davidoff
Misha Davidoff studies philosophy.

mdavido3@jhu.edu
 

Thomas Dechand
Interests: literature and science; the imagination; poetry; American intellectual history; Blake, Coleridge, C. S. Peirce, Melville, Henry James, Stevens, Williams, Pynchon, Kepler.

thomas.dechand@gmail.com

 

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.

deforest@jhu.edu

 

Elena Fabietti
Interests: Elena Fabietti studied Italian and Comparative Literature in Milan, Berlin and Siena. She worked on the theory of representation in Erich Auerbach. Her current research regards figurality in modern poetry, with a special focus on the works of Baudelaire and Rilke

elena_fabietti@msn.com

 

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

loumiaferhat@yahoo.fr

 

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.

bdgillespie@jhu.edu

 

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.

scott.gottbreht@gmail.com

 

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.

ahost1@jhu.edu

 

Nicole Jerr
Research Interests: History and theory of drama, with particular attention to representations of sovereignty in modern drama; concepts of tragedy and comedy; literary and philosophical explorations of skepticism, faith, love, fury, and grace; the reception of classical texts and mythology; moral and aesthetic philosophy.

nicole@jhu.edu

 

Larry McGrath
Larry McGrath works on modern European intellectual history of metaphysics and aesthetics. His interests include the reception of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer in France, phenomenology, French vitalism and philosophies of life (Bergson, Canguilhem, Deleuze), and the history of cinema. Larry also loves listening to Bob Dylan.

lmcgrath@jhu.edu

 

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.

omehrga1@jhu.edu

 

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.

avreimir@yahoo.com

 

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.

dps1986@gmail.com

 
Benjamin Stein
Before coming to the Humanities Center, Benjamin studied at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. His interests include the question of the subject in 19th and 20th century German and French literature and thought, as well as broader issues posed by literary philosophy and philosophic style; Nietzsche, Blumenberg, Bataille, Beckett, Kafka, Ponge…

bstein8@jhu.edu
 

Vistiting Students

  

Sabrina Bouarour
Visiting student 2013/14
Sabrina Bouarour studied literature and cinema at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds degrees from La Sorbonne and La Sorbonne Nouvelle. Parallel to her studies, she has worked as a journalist for Le Monde.
Interests: cultural studies, gender studies, Hollywood (e.g., Vincente Minnelli, Frank Capra, George Cukor) and French New Wave cinema (Jacques Demy, Jacques Rozier, Agnès Varda, Jean Eustache), links between cinema and painting.

sabrina.bouarour@gmail.com

 

Stephanie Koziej
Visiting Student
Stephanie Koziej is a Fulbright grantee from Belgium who studied law and philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven. Her major research interests lie in the philosophy of love and sexuality and the intellectual history of sexuality. She is particularly interested in the dichotomy between normal sexuality and sexual deviance/pathology/perversion; the problematic relationship between love and sexuality and subjects such as rape and hysteria; psychoanalysis (esp. Freud); attachment theory; the different DSMs; and Krafft-Ebing.

skoziej1@jhu.edu

 

Associates

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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

Eli Friedlander
Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University
 

Sari Nusseibeh
Professor of Islamic and Political Philosophy and President of al-Quds University, East Jerusalem

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

 

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