I study modern European intellectual and cultural life, with an emphasis on twentieth-century German and Jewish philosophy and social theory. At the broadest level, I am interested in tracing the concept of “catastrophe” in humanistic reflection from biblical texts up through intellectual responses to contemporary events such as 9/11. My current project considers the Holocaust as a point of rupture with philosophical tradition in German-Jewish thought, with particular attention to the writings of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. I am also interested in the interplay of politics, religion, race, and sexuality in contemporary European thought.
Prior to Princeton, I attended the University of Chicago, where I earned a B.A. with highest honors in Jewish Studies and Fundamentals: Issues & Texts. My senior thesis on antisemitism and Judaism in Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment was awarded the Leo Baeck Institute’s Prize in German-Jewish History and Culture. While at Chicago, I worked at the interdisciplinary humanities journal Critical Inquiry and taught philosophy in Chicago Public Schools through the Winning Words Initiative. I then earned my M.A. in philosophy, magna cum laude, from KU Leuven, in Belgium, where my thesis interrogated the concept “after Auschwitz” in the writings of Adorno. I have also studied at Yale, Harvard, and Northwestern, as well as abroad in Berlin, Heidelberg, Vienna, Krakow, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.
I am happy to answer questions from prospective applicants about the program, Princeton, and intellectual history more broadly.