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Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University

John P. Birkelund Fellow in the Humanities - Class of Spring 2018

Paul Reitter is Professor in German Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. He completed his BA in history at Haverford College and PhD in German studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Reitter is the author of Bambi’s Jewish Roots and Other Essays on German-Jewish Culture (Bloomsbury, 2015), On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred (Princeton, 2012), and The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siecle Europe (Chicago, 2008). He collaborated with Jonathan Franzen and Daniel Kehlmann on The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.


Together with Louis Menand and Chad Wellmon, Reitter edited The Rise of the Modern University (Chicago, 2016), an anthology of sources about the mission of the research university. Reitter and Wellmon also edited Anti-Education (New York Review Books Classics, 2015), a new translation of Nietzsche’s lectures on the German educational system. Reitter has published regularly in the New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, Harper’s, and The Nation.

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