Dr. phil., University of Tuebingen
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’s research and teaching focuses on 20th-century German literature with emphasis on German-Jewish literature, theater, and the intersection of literature and human rights. He is the author of a monograph, Horizonte der Moderne: Tragoedie 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, and the Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies. Sebastian Wogenstein is a faculty associate of the Human Rights Institute and was in 2012/2013 fellow at the Humanities Institute. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the North American Heine Society and member of the MLA’s Executive Committee on European Literary Relations. He studied German Literature, American Studies, and Political Science at the University of Tuebingen; 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. Sebastian Wogenstein is a senator in the University Senate and chair of the Senate Enrollment Committee. He currently serves as Interim Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.