Klaus Mladek

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature

Klaus Mladek is Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on 18th through 20th-century political theory, literature and law, philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is the editor of Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution (2007) and the author of Stages of Justice: Encounters of Politics, Theater and Philosophy from Socrates to Arendt (forthcoming with Northwestern University Press). His co-edited collection Sovereignty in Ruins: A Politics of Crisis (together with George Edmondson) appeared with Duke University Press in spring 2017. Recent articles and book chapters are on populism, the politics of crisis, torture and shame, on melancholic politics, on the American jury system and on the idea of justice in Walter Benjamin. With the help of the American Council of Learned Societies, he is currently completing a co-authored study A Politics of Melancholia (with George Edmondson). Book projects in progress are Walter Benjamin's Demons: Revolution and the Idea of Justice as well as Criminal Subjects: Politics vs. Police in Literature and Philosophy after Kant. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ACLS, the Humboldt Foundation, the Center for German and European Studies and the University of California Psychoanalytic Consortium.

Contact

646-2711
210 Dartmouth Hall, German Studies and Comparative Literature
HB 6084

Education

  • Magister Artium, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt/Main
  • M.A. University of California
  • Ph.D. University of California

Selected Publications

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Works In Progress

  • A Politics of Melancholia (co-authored with George Edmondson)

  • Walter Benjamin’s Demons: Revolution and the Idea of Justice 

     

  • Criminal Subjects: Politics vs. Police in Literature and Philosophy after Kant