Curriculum Vitae

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of German at Michigan State University
    • Core Faculty in the Digital Humanities
    • Affiliated Faculty in Jewish Studies


  • Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures (University of Pennsylvania)
  • A.M. in Germanic Languages and Literatures (University of Pennsylvania)
  • B.A. in Mathematics and German Literature (Hamilton College)


  • Negative Mathematics: German-Jewish Intellectuals and the Origins of Critical Theory (manuscript under review).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Book Chapters

  • “Physical Redemption: Psychophysics, Messianism, and the Origins of Kracauer’s Theory of Film,” in: ‘Doch ist das Wirkliche auch vergessen, so ist es darum nicht getilgt’: Beiträge zum Werk Siegfried Kracauers, eds. Jörn Ahrens, Paul Fleming, Susanne Martin, and Ulrike Vedder (Berlin: Springer, 2016): 239-257.
  • “Making Space for Judaism – Franz Rosenzweig and the Spatiality of Belief,” in: Räume und Dinge: Kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven, eds. Manfred Pfaffenthaler, Stefanie Lerch, Katharina Schwabl, and Dagmar Probst (Bielefeld: transcript, 2014): 45-60.
  • “Mathematical Mythologies and the Dialectic of Enlightenment,” in: Fiktum versus Faktum: Nicht-mathematische Dialoge mit der Mathematik, eds. Franziska Bomski and Stefan Suhr (Berlin: Erich-Schmidt Verlag, 2011): 59-77.

Digital Projects   

  • “The Annotated Star.” Collaborative, online annotation platform for Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption (1921). Co-PIs with Ynon Wygoda and Sinai Rusinek. Ongoing.
  • “‘The Poor Sinners’ Pamphlets’” and “Critical Comics.” Collaborative digitization, analysis, and pedagogy projects for “Seminar in Digital Humanities” (MSU, AL 340 and 891).

Selected Fellowships & Awards

  • Marbach Stipendium (Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach am Neckar)
  • Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship (Leo Baeck Institute, New York City)
  • Visiting Scholar and Participant, DAAD Summer Seminar (Institute for German Cultural Studies, Cornell University)
  • Associate Fellow, Suhrkamp Forschungskolleg (Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach am Neckar)
  • Dissertation Fellow, Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme (Leo Baeck Institute London and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
  • DAAD Graduate Research Fellowship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)