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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.
Whatever Happened to Justice for All? (Los Angeles Review of Books, 1/11/18)
Why justice is more important than the rule of law (The Conversation, 12/19/17)
Reclaiming the Populist Moment (Alternet, 10/9/17)
Merkel Won, So Why Aren't Germans Celebrating? (Cognoscenti, 9/27/17)
Gorsuch and the Crisis of Poetic Justice (The Huffington Post, 5/5/17)
“Twelve Theses on Populism,” Gespenster des Wissens, eds. Ute Holl, Claus Pias & Burkhardt Wolf (Zurich: Diaphanes, 2017), 261-270.
“Natural History: Towards a Politics of Crisis” (with G. Edmondson), in Sovereignty in Ruins: A Politics of Crisis, eds. George Edmondson & Klaus Mladek (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017), 30-68.
“Introduction: Sovereignty Crises” (with G. Edmondson), in Sovereignty in Ruins: A Politics of Crisis, eds. George Edmondson & Klaus Mladek (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017), 9-27.
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