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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


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


Ramona Mosse
PCD Postdoctoral Fellow
19th and 20th century dramatic theory, tragedy and philosophy, theater in Cold War Culture


Avraham Rot
Richard A. Macksey Postdoctoral Fellow
Intellectual history; history of mental health; history of emotions; phenomenology and psychoanalysis; secularization


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 Faculty


Christian Wendt
PCD Senior Fellow
Thucydides, Historiography, International Law, Reception of the Antiquity, Ancient Political Thought, Sea Power in Antiquity 




Anita LaFrance Allen
Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania


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




Michael Fried
Professor Emeritus of the Humanities and Academy Professor, Johns Hopkins University
J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities


Neil Hertz
Professor Emeritus


Ruth Leys
Professor Emerita of the Humanities and Academy Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Henry Wiesenfeld Professor of Humanities


Richard A. Macksey
Professor Emeritus


Nancy Struever
Professor Emerita


Joint Appointments


Sharon Achinstein
Sir William Osler Professor of English (English): Early modern literature, poetry and poetics, gender


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

Kenneth Moss
Associate Professor, Felix Posen Chair in Modern Jewish History (History): Modern Jewish history; history of Israel; Russia, Poland, and Eastern Europe; Jewish political thought; Hebrew and Yiddish literature and culture; history and sociology of nationalism; theory and practice of cultural history; history of the cultural sphere


Christopher Nealon
Professor (English): American literature, aesthetic theory, poetry and poetics, the history of sexuality

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

Gabrielle Spiegel
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor (History): Medieval history, with special interest in historiography and linguistic analysis


Elisabeth Strowick
Professor (GRLL): Modern German literature and thought, literary theory, poetics of knowledge

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

Michael Williams
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor (Philosophy): Epistemology; philosophy of language; history of modern philosophy

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


Tamsyn Rose-Steel
Librarian for Digital Scholarship, the Humanities Center, and German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Johns Hopkins University
(410) 516-0215


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.


Lucy Bergeret
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 interested in the links between ethics and literature. Her research focuses on the works of Martha Nussbaum and Iris Murdoch, especially with regard to the ethical implications of the twentieth-century novel.


Katherine Boyce-Jacino
Katie Boyce-Jacino's dissertation, "'To the Planetarium': Modernity, Cosmology, and Representation in the Weimar Republic," is a cultural and intellectual history of the planetarium in its first decades. It considers the planetarium as both a scientific institution as well as a spectacular, engrossing part of the urban cultural landscape of interwar Germany. Research Interests: cultural history of astronomy in the 20th century, history of fashion, history of modernity, feminist and queer theory


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


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.

Misha Davidoff
Misha Davidoff studies philosophy.

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; print culture, manuscript studies, and critical bibliography; originality and sincerity; conceptions 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.


Ezgi Ince
Ezgi Ince is primarily interested in the intersectional and intermedial links between text, image and music. In her master’s thesis “Triumphant Evocations: The Textualization and Visualization of Post-Bop Jazz in the 1950s,” she analyzes the usage of abstract designs on jazz album covers and their correlation to the music, along with the qualities of post-bop jazz embedded in the poetry of the time. Research interests: 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 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.


Michael McCreary
Michael studied Philosophy and Literature at Duke University and worked in international education before joining the Humanities Center in 2016. He is interested in the dialectical relationships between the traditional and the "modern" and between the natural and the conventional, especially as brought out by political economy as inspired by Marx, educational theory as pursued by Freire, existentialist literature as anticipated by Dostoevsky, and everyday philosophy as imagined by Wittgenstein and Cavell.


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.


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.


Hale Sirin
Interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century European literature, modernism, nineteenth-century Ottoman intellectual history, ethics, secularism

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


Derringer Kitch
Interests: Philosophy and aesthetics in the modern novel; theories of violence and subjectivity (specifically ideological radicalization as an outgrowth of developmental processes of narcissistic identification); the psychoanalytic dimensions of religious experience, Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, American and French Literature.


Harel Newman
Harel Newman studied the "Great Books" at St. John's College in Annapolis and philosophical theology in Berkeley. Thematically, interests cluster around love and sexuality, the body, alterity, religiosity, and identity. He is particularly interested in queer, Jewish, and disabled figures within the Western canon(s) of the long 20th century. Related and secondary interests include queer, Jewish, and disabled studies generally, aesthetics, existentialism, postmodern theology, Classical Greek, and philosophies of language and science, particular Greek and existential.


Ashley Pridgen
Interests: Philosophy and 21st century American popular culture; the value of storytelling; identity and ethics in media; gender studies, particularly intersectional feminist and queer moral theory


Yuanhai Zhu
Interests: Continental philosophy and political philosophy, focusing on thinkers like Heidegger, Arendt, Foucault, Derrida, Levinas, Schmitt, Habermas, and Isaiah Berlin and on issues such as modernity and its critiques, post-colonial nationalism, political theology, political violence and social exclusion, 20th-century anti-totalitarian thinking and the intellectual origins of totalitarianism.


Vistiting Students


Valentin Leroy
ENS Visiting Student 2016/2017
Valentin Leroy completed a Master's in ancient philosophy at Paris I Sorbonne University on Aristotle and his commentator Alexander of Aphrodisias. He is also interested in French contemporary philosophy and Marxism, especially regarding the notion of criticism.


Hannah Wallenfels
PCD Global Humanities Junior Fellow 2016
Hannah Wallenfels holds a BA degree in political science and philosophy from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Her main area of research is political philosophy and theory, focusing in particular on resistance, passivity theory and feminism. Her current research project revolves around the figure of Bartleby. Besides her academic pursuits, she works as an editor for the Berlin-based publishing house Merve.


Yao Xiaoling
Visiting Student 2016/2017
Yao Xiaoling is a PhD Candidate in the Division of English Literature at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Her research interests lie in twentieth century British literature, modernism, memory, narratology, and Joseph Conrad's works, in particular. Her dissertation will study Conrad's memory narratives with a view to the influences of unreliable storytelling on the process of memory, temporality and loss, as well as the dialectic relationships between forgetting and memory, between collected personal memory and collective historical memory. It further suggests that Conrad’s memory narratives are rooted in his literary impressionism and his understanding of the world as an unstable ontology.


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