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Wout Cornelissen

Research Assistant Professor of German
Lecturer in Philosophy, Lecturer in Political Science

Wout Cornelissen studied philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen and received his doctorate in philosophy from Leiden University. He was a visiting scholar at the Committee on Social Thought of the University of Chicago. He taught political philosophy in Leiden and philosophy of law in Amsterdam. He was a Hannah Arendt Center Postdoctoral Fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities at Bard College, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Utrecht University. His research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and literature. His first book project focuses on the relation between thought and action in the writing of Karl Popper, Leo Strauss, and Hannah Arendt. At Vanderbilt University, he will work on a critical edition of Arendt’s The Life of the Mind, as part of a Kritische Gesamtausgabe. In the fall semester of 2017, he teaches a graduate seminar on Arendt's political thinking in the Department of Political Science. In spring semester 2018, he teaches Critical Theory in the Department of Philosophy.