Sebastian Wogenstein

Associate Professor

German Studies


Dr. phil., University of Tübingen

M.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Areas of Expertise

Human rights and literature, German-Jewish literature, 20th/21st-century German literature, theater


Sebastian Wogenstein is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Interim Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. He is faculty associate of the Human Rights Institute.

He is Co-Director of the Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium (HRRC). Between 2021 and 2023, he was Senior External Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies.

Wogenstein’s research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st-century German Studies, German Jewish literature, theater, and the intersection of literature and human rights. He is the author of Horizonte der Moderne: Tragödie und Judentum von Cohen bis Levinas (Horizons of Modernity: Tragedy and Judaism from Cohen to Levinas, 2011) and co-editor of two books, Globale Kulturen–Kulturen der Globalisierung (Global Cultures–Cultures of Globalization, 2013) and An Grenzen: Literarische Erkundungen (On Borders: Literary Explorations, 2007). He edited a special issue of The Germanic Review, titled “Zionism and Its Discontents,” and published articles in The Germanic Review, Monatshefte, Gegenwartsliteratur, Naharaim, Telos, Prooftexts, the Journal of Human Rights, Jewish Social Studies, German Life & Letters, the Rosenzweig Yearbook, the Heine Jahrbuch, and the Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies.

Sebastian Wogenstein is Secretary-Treasurer of the North American Heine Society.

He studied German Literature, American Studies, and Political Science at the University of Tübingen; holds an M.A. in European Studies from Washington University in St. Louis; and conducted part of his doctoral research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he also worked for the Franz Rosenzweig Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History.

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Office LocationHerbst Hall (formerly Oak Hall) 262
Office HoursSpring Semester 2024: Thursdays 9:45-10:45 and by appointment (email)