Susan Buck-Morss appointed to the Graduate Center
Distinguished Professor, Ph.D. Program in Political Science
Susan Buck-Morss is an interdisciplinary thinker and a prolific writer of international reputation. Her nomination as distinguished professor will soon go for consideration to the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York. Her most recent book, Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), offers a fundamental reinterpretation of Hegel's master-slave dialectic by linking it to the influence of the Haitian Revolution. Her books The Origin of Negative Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the Frankfurt Institute (Macmillan Free Press, 1977) and The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project (MIT Press, 1989) have been translated into several languages and have been called "modern classics in the field." Other publications include Thinking Past Terror: Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left (Verso, 2003) and Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (MIT Press, 2000). A longtime professor at Cornell University's Department of Government, Buck-Morss was also a member of Cornell's graduate fields in Comparative Literature, History of Art, German Studies, and the School of Architecture, Art, and City and Regional Planning. She is on the editorial boards of several journals and has been an invited lecturer at dozens of universities worldwide. Her numerous international awards and fellowships include a Getty Scholar grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She holds a Ph.D. in European intellectual history from Georgetown University.
Photo: Don Pollard
Submitted on: AUG 1, 2010