Jeffrey Wallen is Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies (HACU) and professor of comparative literature.

He has also taught as a visiting professor at the Freie Universität Berlin and at L’Université de Toulouse.  He has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European literature, on biography and literary portraiture, on testimony and Holocaust literature, and on debates about education.  His book Closed Encounters: Literary Politics and Public Culture was published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Some of his most recent publications are “Totem and Taboo: The Perverse Writings of Ka-Tzetnik 135633,” “The Lure of the Archive: The Atlas Projects of Walid Raad,” “Migrant Visions: The Scheunenviertel and Boyle Heights, Los Angeles,” “Twemlow’s Abyss,” “Narrative Tensions: The Eyewitness and the Archive,” “Falling Under an Evil Influence,” “The Death and Discontents of Theory,” and “Sociable Robots und das Posthumane.”

He is currently working on a study of the archive in contemporary thought and art.