School of History
Teaching and Research Section of World History
Office Address: Room704, RenWen Building , RenMin University, 59 Zhongguancun Street, Beijing 100872, P.R.C.
Day time phone: 86-10-82502722
Post-Doc., Center for Advanced Studies, University of Leipzig, Research Grant, summer, 1996
Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago, 1995
Dissertation: (Defended with Distinction): “Dying with an Enlightening Fall: Poland in the Eyes of German Intellectuals, 1764-1800”
Committee: Michael Geyer (advisor), John Boyer, Ronald Inden, Katie Trumpener
M.A. in History, University of Chicago, 1989
Thesis: “Hegel and India: A Study in Absolute Subjectivity”
B.A. in History, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, 1987
Graduated Cum Laude
Dying with an Enlightening Fall: Poland in the Eyes of German Intellectuals, 1764-1800, Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield (2000)
“The Relevance of Walter Kaufmann’s Heidegger Critique for the 21st-Century,” Studia Philosophiae Christianae, Warsaw (forthcoming)
“Why Teach Archeology Students the Idea of Progress,” forthcoming, Paradigma: Journal of Social Issues, Politics and Policy, University of Indonesia (forthcoming).
“The You that Wasn’t Enough: Walter Kaufmann and Martin Buber,” Shofar: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, (Summer, 2011), 98-123.
“Paperback Authenticity: Walter Kaufmann and Existentialism,” Philosophy and Literature, (Winter 2010), Vol. 34, 17-31.
“Philo-Semitism in Serbia 1940 and After,” Sociologija (Belgrade), Oct-Dec 2008, 433-448.
“At Home and at War with Germany: Walter Kaufmann’s American Nietzsche,” in The Fruits of Exile: Central European Intellectual Immigration to America, eds. Richard Bodek and Simon Lewis, University of South Carolina Press (2009), 156-76.
“Did Somebody Evade Totalitarianism? On the Intellectual Escapism of Slavoj Žižek” in Humanitas, Vol XXI, 1&2, 146-67. First published as
“Da li je neko izvrdao totalitarizam? O eskapističkom učenju Slavoja Žižekain Zenit: Magazin za Književnost, Umetnost I Filosofiju (Zenith: Magazine for Literature, Art and Philosophy), translated into Serbian by Aleksandar Bošković with assistance of the author (May 2008), 70-82.
“Walter Kaufmann and the Future of the Humanities,” Journal of Thought (Fall and Winter 2007), 87-103.
“German Intellectuals, Poland and the Enlightenment,” Germany and the East, ed. Charles Ingrao (Purdue University Press, 2007), 78-88.
“Wishes of the Heart: Walter Kaufmann, Karl Jaspers and Nietzsche Scholarship,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies (2007) Vol. 33, 5-24.
“Jewish Nietzscheanism: Walter Kaufmann’s Critique of Christianity,” Jewish Studies Quarterly (March, 2007) Vol. 1, 72-95
“The Walter Kaufmann Myth: A Study in Academic Public Opinion” Nietzsche-Studien, Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, (2003) Vol. 32, 226-58.
“Overeducated and Underemployed: On Learned Women, Hegel and Beautiful Souls Circa 1805” in Genie-Satire und Frauenerziehung. Zwei Studien und zwei literarische Dokumente, (March 2003) ed. Phillip McKnight, Wehrhahn, Hannover, 7-36.
“To Discover A Mind: Walter Kaufmann’s Celebration of Goethe, Critique of Kant
and Evisceration of Heidegger” (Summer-Fall, 1999) South-Central Review, Vol.16, 68-90.
“When the World was Half a Thousand Years Younger: Contrast
and Color in Huizinga’s Autumn of the Middle Ages” (Winter 1998)
Fifteenth-Century Studies, vol. 25, 127-36.
“Georg Forster and Therese Huber: An Enlightened Dysfunctional Marriage” Selected Papers of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850 (1998).
“Might, Right and Poland: The 'Other' Revolutionary Challenge”
Selected Papers of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850 (1995).
Regular contributor to the online Vietnamese journals of news and ideas, Vietnamnet and the magazine, Tia Sáng (The Light)
Conference Papers and Invited Lectures (1997-2010):
December 2012 “Entrepreneurship and Critical Thinking,” invited talk, Sampoerna School of Education, Jakarta
November 2012 “Roots of Critical Thinking in German Philosophy,” invited talk, Marmara University, Istanbul
June 2012 “Polemical and non-Polemical Incommensurability in the Study of Genocide,” conference talk, Incommensurability 50, National Taiwan University, Taipei
March 2012 “Globalization in East Asia and what it means for Bolivia,” invited talk, Universidad Católica Boliviana, Santa Cruz
January 2012 “Preparing for Globalization,” invited talk, Universitas Muslim Indonesia, Makasar, Indonesia
July 2011: “Understanding Jewish Civilization,” invited talk, Shandong University, Jinan, China
March 2011: “Globalization and Critical Thinking,” invited talk National University of Malang, Indonesia
November 2010 “Goethe, Marx and the Asian Economic Miracle,” invited talk, Center for Policy and Analysis, Hanoi, Vietnam
August 2010 “Philo-Semitism, Secularism and Modernity,” International Conference on Globalization and Cultural Pluralism, Nanjing, China
June 2010: “Karl Marx and Asia,” invited talk for Dialogues on the Left, National University of Vietnam, Hanoi
June 2010 “On European Views of China,” invited talk, Department of History, People’s University, Beijing, China
March 2010 “Obama’s Dilemma in Afghanistan” and “Optimism in American Life,” Invited Talks, Center for the Study of the USA, Faculty of Political Science, Belgrade, Serbia
Nov 2009 “Jews in American Literature,” Invited Talk, Department of English, Guangdong Technical University, Guangzhou, China
Nov 2009 “US College Students in China: A Romance?” Invited Talk, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong University
May 2009 “The Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Invited Talk, Dept. of History, People’s University, Beijing, China
March 2009 “Murder, Numbness and Memory in Serbia,” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard, MA
Oct. 2008 “Shapes of Serbian Philo-Semitism,” Midwest Jewish Studies Conference, Chicago
May 2008 “Totalitarianism as German-Jewish Concept,” Invited Talk Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, Serbia
April 2008 “US Foreign Policy and American Self-Perception,” Invited Talk, Department of History, University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
Feb 2008 “Shapes of Serbian Philo-Semitism,” Invited Talk, Department of Political Geography, University of Pećs, Pećs, Hungary
Nov 2007 “Philo-Semitism and Serbian Nationalism,” Invited Talk New Bulgarian University, Sofia, BG
April 2007 “Not Another Other: Rethinking the German Image of Poland,” Polish-German Post/Memory: Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics, Indiana University
March 2007 “German-Jewish Intellectuals and the Idea of Totalitarianism,” Invited Talk, Department of History, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
March 2006 “Walter Kaufmann and the Future of the Humanities,” American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton, NJ
Sept. 2005 “From Leo Baeck to Walter Kaufmann: Courage and the Jewish Critique of Christianity,” Seventeenth Conference of Midwest Jewish Studies, Madison, WI
Feb. 2005 “Christianity in German-Jewish Eyes,” Invited Talk, Department of Religion, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Nov. 2004 “Walter Kaufmann as an Intellectual Émigré,” Fruits of Exile Conference, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
April 2004 “Walter Kaufmann’s Critique of Christianity,” Invited Talk, Department of History, University of Arizona
March 2004 “Hannah Arendt, Violence and the David Story,” Western Jewish Studies Conference, San Diego, CA
Oct. 2003 “Existentialism’s Critical Enthusiast,” Invited Workshop Presentation, University of Virginia
Oct. 2003 “Nietzsche for the 21st-Century,” Invited Talk, James Madison University
April 2003 “Telling a Story: Walter Kaufmann and the Reception of Existentialism in America,” Invited Workshop Presentation, University of Chicago
March 2003 “Walter Kaufmann and Martin Buber: an Unexplored Dynamic,” Western Jewish Studies Conference, Eugene, OR
Oct. 1999 “The Ends of Impudence: J.C.F. Schubart and the Limits of Anti-Authoritarian Speech,” German Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA
April 1999 “The Learned Woman who Forgot her Sex: Thinking Women in Germany Circa 1805,” Southwest Social Sciences Conference, San Antonio, TX
Oct. 1998 “Hard Lives of the Mind: On Writing Biographies of 18th Century Intellectuals,” The 23rd Colloquium on Literature and Film, Representing Identities: Biography and Autobiography, Morgantown, WV
April 1998 “The Higher Groveling: Lessing on Friendship and Money,” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, South Bend, IN
March 1998 “Georg Forster and Therese Huber: An Enlightened Dysfunctional Marriage,” The Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Tallahassee, FL
April 1997 “Perfect Selflessness is Perfect Selfishness: Madame Guyon and the Unlikely Origins of Introspection in Enlightenment Germany,” The International Conference on Narrative, Gainesville, FL
People's University, 2013 - present
The Western Intellectual Tradition: Antiquity to the Enlightenment
Arizona State University, 1999 – 2013
Honors Faculty Fellow
The Human Event I & II: Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar
The Modern Middle East: Conflicting Perspectives
Power and Powerlessness in Modern Jewish History
Jewish Life and Culture in East-Central Europe
Jews and Germans: Reflections in a Broken Mirror
Freedom and its Opposite in Modern German History
Liberty: The French Idea of Freedom
Memory and Identity in the Modern Mediterranean
Graduate Tutorial in 18th-century German Intellectual HistoryChina and the West: 1620 to the Present
Indonesia and the West: From Colonization to the Present
What is a Grown Up?
The Asian Economic Miracle
People’s University, Beijing
Summer Session, 2011
The History of Germany: 1800 to the Present
James Madison University
Assistant Professor, 1996-1999
Image Community and Terror: German Culture in a Generation of War, 1914-45
Freedom and Self-Deception I & II: An Interpretation of European Intellectual History, 1750-1970
The Enlightenment and its Others
World Civilization I: to 1650; World Civilization II: Since 1650
University of Chicago
Von Holst Graduate Lecturer, 1995:
Order, Truth and Freedom: German Intellectual History in the 18th Century
FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS (1992-2009):
2007-08 Fulbright Scholar in Belgrade, Serbia; nine-month research project on Serbian philo-Semitism and teaching US history at the University of Belgrade
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching: Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, 2006-2007
Participant 2006-2007 Ford Foundation Workshop on “Difficult Dialogues,” or teaching controversial topics in religion and politics to undergraduates
Participant 2005 NEH Summer Seminar “Terror and Culture: Revisiting Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism” Stanford University, Russell Berman, Director
Drescher Faculty Development Grant Recipient, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008. Awarded at the Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University for research into the life and work of Walter Kaufmann, and for Serbian/Croatian language study
Drescher Faculty Development Grant Recipient, 2000-2001
Awarded at the Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University for intensive summer Italian language study at Dilit Institute, Rome, and Hebrew University, Jerusalem
“Favorite Teacher” Recognition at Arizona State University, 2000-01
Awarded by Manzanita Student Residents
Uriel Weinreich Yiddish Language Program Scholarship Recipient, 1998
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research,
Honorary Member for Outstanding Teaching, 1997, Golden Key National Honor Society
Von Holst Prize Lectureship awarded for self-designed course, “Order, Truth and Freedom, “at the University of Chicago, 1994
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) dissertation research grant, Berlin, October 1992-October 1993, extended to January 1994
Summer Study Abroad:
Indonesia, Director, 2011
China, Co-Director, ASU Five-Week Study Tour, 2007-2010
Serbia Entrepreneurial Exchange, Director, 2009
Athens, Rome, Dubrovnik, Director and Faculty, ASU Honors Program 2002-03-05
Romania and central Europe, ASU Program, co-director 2004
Athens, Rome, Tunis, Faculty, ASU Honors Program, 2001
Paris 2000, Faculty, ASU Honors Program, 2000
German: near fluent reading and highly proficient speaking knowledge
Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian: good to very good reading and speaking knowledge
Hebrew: good reading and speaking knowledge
Yiddish: good reading knowledge
Indonesian: intermediate knowledge
Italian: reading knowledge
French: reading knowledge
Vietnamese: beginning level
Chinese (Mandarin): beginning level
Consultant and participant, A History of God, TV documentary based on the Karen Armstrong book, A & E Television Network, Inflo-media, Chicago, IL