Dr. Linden received his BA in History at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005 and his PhD in German Studies from Cornell University in 2013. He began his career as a Visiting Assistant Professor at KU that fall. Since fall 2014, he has been an assistant professor, where he teaches a wide range of classes on modern German culture and language.
Dr. Linden is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Karl Kraus and the Critique of Experience, which treats the twentieth-century Austrian playwright, satirist, journalist, and poet Karl Kraus as a significant, though overlooked theorist of modernity and its discontents. The book re-envisions Kraus as an interlocutor of Søren Kierkegaard, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno.
Dr. Linden teaches courses on German and Austrian literature and culture from 1750 to the present, German film, the literature of exile, European comic literature and film, and German language at the upper intermediate level.
Dr. Linden has published peer-reviewed articles on Walter Benjamin, Karl Kraus, Else Lasker-Schüler, Bertolt Brecht, G.W.F. Hegel, and Leo Strauss. His research interests further include the tradition of modern German Jewish thought and culture, and his next research project will address the concept of exile in the work of major German and German Jewish writers from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.
- Twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and visual culture
- German Jewish thought
- Comic literature and theories of the comic
- The Frankfurt School/Critical Theory
Selected Awards & Honors
Hall Center for the Humanities