Ph.D.   University of California, Berkeley, German Studies, May 2006

M.A.    University of California, Berkeley, German Studies, Fall 2001

B.A.     Davidson College, Political Philosophy and German, Spring 1999


Associate Professor of German and History, University of Virginia, Department of German, 2012-present

Assistant Professor of German, University of Virginia, 2007-2012

Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2012-present

Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Georgetown Department of German, 2006-2007

Visiting Instructor of German, Davidson College, Resident Director of Study Abroad Program in Würzburg, Germany, 2004-2006


Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in an Era of Print Saturation. Written with the Multigraph Collective (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press, 2017)

The Rise of the Research University: A Sourcebook. Edited by Louis Menand, Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)

Anti-education: On the Future of Our Educational Institutions, Friedrich Nietzsche. Translated and Edited with Introduction by Paul Reitter, Damion Searles, and Chad Wellmon (New York Review Books, 2015)

Becoming Human: Romantic Anthropology and the Embodiment of Freedom (Penn State University Press, Series in Philosophy and Literature, 2010)


Revolution U: What Today’s Critics of the University Get Right and Wrong,” Comment. (Fall 2016) 49-57.

“Sacred Reading from Augustine to the Digital Humanists”Hedgehog Review. 17:2 (Fall 2015): 70-84.

“How the Philologist Became a Physician of Modernity: Nietzsche’s Lectures on German Education,” with Paul Reitter. Representations. 131:4 (2015): 68-104.


“See Page 481,” with Brad Pasanek. The Eighteenth Centuries, ed. David Gies and Cynthia Wall, forthcoming (University of Virginia Press).

“The Enlightenment Index,” with Brad Pasanek. Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation 56:3 (Fall 2015): 357-380.

“Kant on the Discipline of Knowledge and the Unity of Knowledge,” forthcoming Performing Knowledge, ed. Mary Helen Dupie and Sean Franzel (Walter de Gruyter, Spring 2014).

“A Crisis of Purpose: Knowledge, Virtue and the University of the Future,” The Hedgehog Review 15:2 (Summer 2013): 79-91.

Why Google is Not Making us Stupid . . . Or Smart,” The Hedgehog Review 14:1 (Spring 2012): 64-78.

“Touching Books: Diderot, Novalis and the Encyclopedia of the Future,” Representations 114:1 (2011): 65-102.

Goethe’s Morphology of Knowledge, or the Overgrowth of Nomenclature,” Goethe Yearbook 17 (2010): 153-177.

“Kant and the Feelings of Reason,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 42:4 (2009): 557-580.

“Languages, Cultural Studies and the Future of Foreign Language Education,” Modern Language Journal (92:2) 2008: 292-295.

“From Bildung durch Sprache to Language Ecology: The Multilingual Challenge,” with Claire Kramsch. Münchener Arbeiten zur Fremdsprachenforschung 22 (2008): 215-225.

Lyrical Feeling: Novalis’ Anthropology of the Senses,” Studies in Romanticism 47:4 (2008): 453-478.

“The Problem of Framing in Foreign Language Education: The Case of German,” with Claire Kramsch, Tes Howell and Chantelle Warner. Critical Inquiries in Language Studies. Fall (2007): 151-178.

Poesie as Anthropology: Schleiermacher, Colonial History and the Ethics of Ethnography,” The German Quarterly. Fall 79:4 (2006): 423-442.


Review of Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas and Mark Taylor, Crisis on Campus, The Hedgehog Review 13:1 (2011): 88-91.

Review of Stefani Engelstein, Anxious Anatomy, Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography, New York: AMS Press, 2009.

Review of John B. Lyon, Crafting the Flesh, Crafting the Self, in German Studies Review, Winter 2008.

Review of Tom Gunning, The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Modernity, in Medienwissenschaft Spring 2002.


New Directions Fellowship for “Future Philology,” Mellon Foundation, 2016-2019

Richard D. Donchian Fellowships in Ethics, Institute for Practical Ethics, Summer 2013

University of Virginia, Arts and Sciences Research Grant, Fall 2012

American Council of Learned Societies, Ryskamp Fellowship, Fall/Spring 2011-12

NEH Summer Seminar, “The Study of Religion,” July 2011

Sesquicentennial Fellowship, University of Virginia, Fall 2010

All-University Teaching Award, U.Va. 2010

“Boots” Mead Teaching Award, University of Virginia Teaching Prize, 2008

University of Virginia, Summer Research Grant, 2007 and 2008

Max Kade Prize, Awarded for Best Article of the Year in the German Quarterly 2007

University of Virginia, Educational Diversity Fellowship 2007

Georgetown University, Course Development Grant 2006

Davidson College Faculty Research Grant 2005

Davidson College Faculty Research Grant 2004

Social Science Research Council, Berlin Program Fellow 2005-2006 (declined)

Fulbright Scholarship 2004-2005 (declined)

DAAD Fellowship 2004-2005 (declined)

Qui Parle (interdisciplinary journal of philosophy, literature and art) Editor, 2002-2004.

Berkeley Language Center Fellow, 2002-2003


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