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Studying the liberal arts ... is crucial for democracy.


Author, Scholar, & Educator. 

As an educator, I stand firm in my belief that we must study literature, arts, and history in order to both be acutely aware of the state of our society while also doing what we can to reconnect divided communities. I am the Decker Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute. My research and teaching focus on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. Recent courses include: Great Books at Hopkins, The Cosmic Imagination, Baroque Literature and Thought, Horror in Spanish Literature and The Invention of Fiction.

Alongside my work as a professor, I am the author of multiple books, including How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher’s Desire (2007), The Theater of Truth (2010), In Defense of Religious Moderation (Columbia UP, 2011), The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World (Bloomsbury, 2016), and, with David Castillo, Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media (Bloomsbury, 2017).

I am also the co-editor, with Mike Sandbothe, of The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy  (2004) and, with David E. Johnson, of Thinking With Borges (2009), as well as the translator of Lisa Block de Behar’s Borges, the Passion of an Endless Quotation (2003). My most recent book, The Splintering of the American Mind, was published by Bloomsbury in August of 2018.

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