Zach joined Vanderbilt after completing his B.A. at the University of Michigan, where he earned high honors for his thesis on a German painter, entitled "Spatial Construction in the Work of Max Beckmann: Weimar Prints and Exile Triptychs." At Vanderbilt he continues his research on topics involving the intersection of philosophy, art, and media studies. His research interests include Jewish studies, critical theory, media/film/visual studies, continental philosophy, and 20th century avant-garde art. Zach most recently presented a paper at a 2015 UCLA conference entitled "Palimpsest and Engraving through History: New Meaning for Klee's Angelus Novus."