Andrew Cole

Director, Gauss Seminars in Criticism; Professor of English


(609) 258–4090


31 McCosh Hall


Andrew Cole is director of the Gauss Seminars in Criticism at the Humanities Council. Instituted in 1949, the Gauss Seminars are among the university’s oldest and most internationally known lecture series. Past speakers have included Erich Auerbach, Hannah Arendt, W. H. Auden, Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Paul de Man, Roman Jakobson, Jürgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, and Elaine Scarry. Under Andrew’s directorship, the Gauss series in 2016-17 hosted Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and co-sponsored with the Institute for Advanced Study the avant-garde filmmaker Robert Beavers. For 2017-18, the Gauss seminars held a symposium on Hegel & the Humanities, sponsored a major memorial gathering in NYC for Werner Hamacher, as well as a two-day visit by the philosopher Catherine Malabou. In 2018-19, Wendy Brown and Fred Moten spoke in the Gauss series; and in 2019-20, Naomi Klein and Michael Hardt were the featured speakers.

Cole works primarily as an intellectual historian with an interest in Hegelianism, Marxism, and the Middle Ages. His book, The Birth of Theory (University of Chicago Press, 2014), typifies his concerns, ranging from Plotinus to Deleuze and thinking with the disciplines of literature, history, politics, and critical theory.

Previously, Cole has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford, and a Bloomfield Fellow at Harvard University. At Princeton at large, he sits with the executive committees for the Medieval Studies Program and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and is an affiliate in the postclassicisms network.

See full bio on the Department of English website.

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