Bio

Jeffrey Wallen, professor of comparative literature and Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HACU) from 2012-15, received an A.B. from Stanford University in comparative literature, an M.A. in English from Columbia University, and an M.A. in French and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Johns Hopkins University.

He has also taught as a visiting professor at the Free University Berlin and at the University of Toulouse, and has been the director of Hampshire’s semester-long study abroad program. He has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European literature; on biography and literary portraiture; on testimony, Holocaust literature, and Berlin Jewish history; 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 “Circuitous Journeys: The Migration of Objects and the Trusteeship of Memory,” “The Witness Against the Archive: Towards a Microhistory of Christianstadt,” “Beckett in Time of Crisis,” “Testimony 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,” “From the Archives” (co-written with Arnold Dreyblatt), and “Sociable Robots und das Posthumane.”

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

His teaching interests include 19th- and 20th-century comparative literature (German, French, British), critical theory, Holocaust Studies, Victorian Studies, Modernism, Jewish Studies, psychoanalysis, and philosophy.