headshotI am a Professor of German Studies, with appointments in History and Media Studies, at the University of Virginia, where I teach and write about the history of knowledge and information, the history of technology and universities, and media and social theory. I am also the co-director of UVA’s New Curriculum and Principal of Brown College. I studied political theory at Davidson College and did my graduate work at UC Berkeley.

I have written or edited books on the history of anthropology, the modern research university, the history of reading and print, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Max Weber. Within the past several years, I have also published in The Times Literary SupplementThe Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Hedgehog Review. Recently, I have been leading, with Andrew Piper and Mohamed Cheriet, The Visibility of Knowledge: The Computational Study of Scientific Illustration in the Long Nineteenth Century, a project which combines computational techniques and the history of knowledge to study how scientific knowledge became visible to readers over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. My latest book, Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age, will be out this summer.

Contact me: mcw9d@virginia.edu

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