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Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Modern History and the College, University of Chicago

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow - Class of Fall 2015

Moishe Postone was a distinguished social theorist who had taught modern European intellectual history and critical social theory at the University of Chicago since 1987. He earned his Dr. Phil. summa cum laude in political science and sociology from the Universität Frankfurt. His extensive publications concern global transformation and critical theory, memory and identity in postwar Germany, and modern anti-Semitism.


Postone was the author of the widely translated Time, Labor, and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory (1993), which won the American Sociological Association’s prize in theory, and History and Heteronomy: Critical Essays (2009), and the co-editor of Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century (2003) and Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives (1993). His work was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Chicago Humanities Institute, and the Center for Psychosocial Studies, among others.

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