Andrew N Rubin


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Scholar in Residence in English and Comparative Literature


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Professor Andrew N. Rubin is the author of Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War (Princeton Univcersity Press, 2012), and has co-edited the collected works of Edward Said (The Edward Said Reader) as well as Adorno: A Critical Reader. For twelve years, Rubin taught as a Professor of English at Georgetown University, and has written extensively on the work of Theodor Adorno, Edward Said, and George Orwell, among others for journals such as The South Atlantic Quarterly, History of the Present, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, The New Statesman, and The Nation.

His current project America's Last Taboo: the Holocaust, the Question of Palestine, and the Question of Europe, interprets the works of four of the twentieth century's most formidable intellectual exiles—Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, Erich Auerbach, and Edward Said—in order to challenge the cultural forces that have kept their postwar experiences of dislocation and exile in America almost entirely historically closed off from each other. By interpreting Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism, Adorno and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment, and Auerbach's Mimesis concurrently with Said's Orientalism, the book aims not only to recover these writers' overlapping and intertwined exilic experiences from the largely anecdotal or ahistorical register in which they have been discussed, but also to traverse the imaginary geographies that continue to divide the history of European anti-Semitism from the history of Orientalism and Islamophobia.

I emphasize how a contrapuntal perspective not only discloses the interrelated roots of both European anti-Semitism and Orientalism, but also reveals the ways the public discussion of "Islamophobia and the West" is separated from the public discussion of "Europe and the Jewish Question." In this respect, the book explores how the simultaneous interpretation of Auerbach's study of the i, of Said's use of the secular, of Arendt's definition of the human, and of Adorno and Horkheimer's concept of reason can, when studied together as an ensemble, allow us to create new maps for understanding the overlapping experiences of modernity.

Rubin received his PhD. from Columbia University in 2002 in England and Comparative Literature; he received his Masters in English literature from the University of Sussex in 1993 and received his B.A in Literature and Society with honors from Brown University in 1992 where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious London literary Fellowship for nonfiction for his book Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War published by Princeton University press in 2012 in their TransNation/Translation Series. he is also currently completing an updated edition of the collected works of Edward Said for Vintage which is due to be published in the fall of 2018 he also serves on the editorial board of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, and has guest edited issues for the publication as well as Cultural Critique. His works also include edited translations of critics and poets including Erich Auerbach as well as Mahmoud Darwish. He is currently a scholar in residence in English and comparative literature at Georgetown University and served on the advisory board of the Lanning committee for poetics and social practice. He is currently also lecturing at the Global Center for Advanced Studies on the works of Edward Said, Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, and Erich Auerbach. I


  • Ph.D. (2002) Columbia University, English and comparative literature
  • M.Phil. (1999) Columbia University, English literature and comparative literature
  • M.A. (1996) Columbia University, English and comparative literature
  • M.A. (1993) University of Sussex, England, English literature
  • A. B. (1992) Brown University, Literature and Society


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  • German (read)
  • Spanish (speak, read, write)