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 a range of subjects within European intellectual history, the history of technology and universities, and media and social theory. I am also the co-director of UVA’s New Curriculum and am Principal of Brown College. I studied political theory at Davidson College and then 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 issues in The Times Literary SupplementThe Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Hedgehog Review. More recently I have been leading with Andrew Piper and Mohamed Cheriet on The Visibility of Knowledge: The Computational Study of Scientific Illustration in the Long Nineteenth Century, which combines computational techniques and the history of knowledge to study study how scientific knowledge became visible to readers over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am currently completing with Paul Reitter a new book, Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age.

Contact me at: mcw9d@virginia.edu



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