At Stanford University, I serve as Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies. I am also the Director of Comparative Literature and the Director of the German Studies graduate program. I am the Director of Comparative Literature and its graduate program as well as the Director of the German Studies graduate program. My Stanford affiliations include The Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the Program in Modern Thought & Literature, and The Europe Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Since 2010, I have been the faculty director of Stanford’s research group on The Contemporary and the Poetic Media Lab at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). My research focuses on contemporary literature and the arts and their relationship to philosophy with an emphasis on memory, history, political thought, and ethics.
I am the author of Poetic Thinking Today (Stanford University Press, 2019; German translation, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2020). My previous books include Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past (University of Chicago Press, 2013; German version, Zukünftigkeit: Die zeitgenössische Literatur und die Vergangenheit, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2012). Together with Rachel Seelig, I co-edited The German-Hebrew Dialogue: Studies of Encounter and Exchange (De Gruyter, 2018). In 2014, I co-edited a book of essays on Hannah Arendt with Ulrich Baer, Hannah Arendt: zwischen den Disziplinen and in 2013, I co-edited a book of essays on Barbara Honigmann with Yfaat Weiss, Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge. I have also published essays on Franz Kafka, Hannah Arendt, Gertrud Kolmar, Paul Celan, Dani Karavan, Gerhard Richter, W.G. Sebald, Günter Grass, Alexander Kluge, Barbara Honigmann, Durs Grünbein, Dan Pagis, Yehuda Amichai, S. Yizhar, and Yoram Kaniuk, among others.
My earlier scholarship includes the books Zeit der Zäsur: Jüdische Lyriker im Angesicht der Shoah (1999) and the longer study Das Ungesagte Schreiben: Israelische Prosa und das Problem der Palästinensischen Flucht und Vertreibung (2006). My work also includes a 2018 book of poetry with the artist Gerhard Richter, Zeichnungen /רישומים. The project brings together twenty-five drawings by Richter from the cycle 40 Tage with my bi-lingual poetry in Hebrew and German. My poetry collection מדבר בין למדבר, Between Deserts was published in 2020 by Mossad Bialik.
In addition to fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt and the Friedrich Ebert foundations, I have also received the Award for Distinguished Teaching from the School of Humanities and Sciences from Stanford.