Dr. habil. Clemens SpahrAdjunct Faculty Member
I am a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies. Having studied at the University of Tübingen and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I received an M.A. in English/American Studies and German Literature from the University of Tübingen. I received my PhD degree in June 2009 from Mainz University and was a visiting scholar at Princeton University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
I am the author of Radical Beauty: American Transcendentalism and the Aesthetic Critique of Modernity (Schöningh, 2011), A Poetics of Global Solidarity: Modern American Poetry and Social Movements (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and, most recently, American Romanticism and the Limits of Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022). My articles have appeared in Novel: A Forum on Fiction, ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Prose. I am currently working on a project that examines the interrelationship between intellectuals, literary education, and social reform since 1900.