Associate Professor of French
Office: AB 4186
Office Hours: M 1:00-2:00 PM / W 9:00-10:00 AM and by appointment
Phone: (848) 932-3795
Fields of Research:
My primary specialties are eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history, and twentieth-century criticism and theory.
In the eighteenth-century domain, I recently published On Jean-Jacques Rousseau Considered as One of the First Authors of the Revolution with Stanford University Press. I continue to work extensively on Rousseau and the varieties of Rousseauism in France at the time of the Revolution. I am pursuing a long-standing project on Revolutionary cultural policies and initiatives and the conception of the domain of culture during the Revolution, focusing in particular on Saint-Just’s project for “revolutionary institutions.” I have also begun work on economic theorization in eighteenth-century France in the context of a comparative study of forms of rationality in the period.
In the field of critical theory, my published work has consisted primarily of translations (the highlights include Jacques Lacan’s “Kant with Sade” and books by Etienne Balibar and Jacques Rancière). I am currently working on a project about the relation between structuralism and historicism, focusing on shared roots in the traditions of historical epistemology and histoire des mentalités.
Books (click on image for details):
On Jean-Jacques Rousseau Considered as One of the First Authors of the Revolution. (Stanford University Press, December 1999).
"Revolutionary Sentences" in The Place of Maurice Blanchot. (Yale French Studies 93, 1998).
"A Small Change in Terminology or A Great Leap Forward? Culture and Civilization in Revolution," in MLN 112 (1997)
"Annotations to 'Kant with Sade'" in October 51 (Winter 1989)
Translator of Masses, Classes, Ideasby Etienne Balibar (New York; Routledge, 1994).
History/French Joint Major (Coordinator)