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 also faculty associate of the Human Rights Institute.
His 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: 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, the Journal of Human Rights, and the Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies.
Wogenstein is Secretary-Treasurer of the North American Heine Society and member of the MLA’s Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies Executive Committee on European Regions.
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.