Hassanaly Ladha

Assistant Professor


Princeton University, Ph.D. Comparative Literature

Yale University, B.A. English

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy and literature; aesthetics; literary theory

Postcolonial studies

Poetry (19th and 20th century French, francophone African, American, British, Latin American)

Islamic studies (pre-Islamic poetry; Quranic studies; art and aesthetics; Islamic legal and political theory; African Islam)

Narrative Biography

Born and raised in the Congo, Ladha holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He has taught at Harvard University and currently teaches literature and philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is the recepient of numerous awards and grants, including the Jacob Javitz Fellowship and the Humanities Institute Fellowship at the University of Connecticut.

Ladha’s philosophical work, centering on the relation of art and knowledge, identifies in the impingement of the aesthetic on thought radically new modes of subjectivity and more dynamic, contingent, and performative frameworks in political and legal theory. He anchors his research at the intersection of Arabo-Islamic thought, French and German literature and philosophy, and their respective legacies in francophone cultural expressions.

Ladha’s recent works include The Mamertine Group, an experimental design lab that develops architectural interventions in the public imaginary, relating monumental form to questions of sovereignty, citizenship, culture, and history. His “Prison-Wall” project has been featured in over one hundred publications internationally including CNN, The Guardian, CNBC, Wired, and Telemundo.

His current book project, entitled The Architecture of Freedom: Hegel, Subjectivity, and the Postcolonial State, analyzes the idea of “Africa” in relation to conceptions of language, the aesthetic, and the political subject in Hegel’s work and its articulation in contemporary francophone African thought. Ladha has lectured at the École Normale Supérieure, the American University of Cairo, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Harvard University, and the University of Connecticut.

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