German literature and philosophy, Modern Art
Modern Italian literature, theater, philosophy (German idealism, aesthetics), comparative modernisms/transnational modernisms, translation, performance
I research and write about Franz Marc from the German aesthetic, philosophical, and psychological frameworks of Einfühlung, Nachträglichkeit, and Trauerarbeit. Marc is also a natural subject for a critical examination through Animal Studies. In the course of my research I developed several side projects about recovered biography and Raubkunst, among other topics. I write about modern and contemporary art for books and journals, do book and exhibition reviews, and am the editor of the Italian Art Society blog and the technology manager for the for IAS website, which will launch its redesign in July 2019. My website, German Modernism is about that subject, particularly Franz Marc, but also about the historical avant-garde, institutional critique, contemporary art, and animals.
Literacy (historical and contemporary); early modern literature (French, English, Italian, Spanish, German); feminist theory; queer studies
Romanticism, lyric poetry, Idealist philosophy, philosophy of language, modern military theory
20th Century poetry and poetics, Modernism, Postmodernism, Intermedia, Poetry and Visual arts, Comp Lit–German, French, Italian, Russian, Brazilian. Currently writing book on Austrian Modernism between the World Wars, a refiguring of the geography of modernism.
I am currently a professor of German at the University of California at Berkeley.