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Jeffrey Kirkwood

Assistant Professor

Art History


Jeffrey West Kirkwood’s research and teaching concentrate on theories of media in culture, science, and philosophy. He has written for Critical Inquiry, October, Grey Room, Texte zur Kunst, Zeitschrift für Medien -und Kulturforschung (ZMK), OSMOS, Idiom, and Jacobin in addition to a number of collected volumes. He is on the advisory board for The Journal of Media Art Study and Theory (MAST), a member of the Digital Theory Lab at New York University, and sits on the steering committee for Binghamton University’s Material and Visual Worlds Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence. In 2018 he co-edited and co-wrote the introduction to the first English-language translation of Ernst Kapp's Elements of a Philosophy of Technology for the University of Minnesota Press's Posthumanities series. During the 2020-21 academic year he was a fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities, and he has twice been a fellow at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (IKKM) at the Bauhaus University. His book Endless Intervals: Cinema, Psychology, and Semiotechnics around 1900 (Minnesota, 2022) examines a shift in the understanding of mechanical stops, breaks, and pauses that laid the groundwork for digital technologies and revolutionized theories of the human psyche.


  • PhD, MA, Princeton University
  • MA, University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Media theory and history
  • Theory and history of the digital
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Cinema
  • Cultural techniques

Teaching Interests

  • Media theory
  • Aesthetic theory
  • Film theory
  • History of digital technologies
  • Aesthetic theory


  • Fellow at the Cornell University Society for Humanities
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Fellow at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (IKKM)
  • Harold W. Dodds Fellowship at Princeton University
  • Junior Fellow at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (IKKM)

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Selected Publications:

“From Work to Proof-of-Work: Meaning and Surplus after Blockchain,” Critical Inquiry, 48 (Winter 2022).

Orit Halpern, Patrick Jagoda, Jeffrey West Kirkwood, and Leif Weatherby, eds. Surplus Data, special issue, Critical Inquiry, 48 (Winter 2022).

Jeffrey West Kirkwood and Leif Weatherby, Eds. Elements of a Philosophy of Technology: New Perspectives on the Evolutionary History of Culture, by Ernst Kapp, Trans. Lauren K. Wolf. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Posthumanities Series, 2018.

Jeffrey West Kirkwood and Leif Weatherby, “Operations of Culture: Ernst Kapp’s Philosophy of Technology,” Grey Room, vol. 72 (Summer 2018): 6-15.

“Ernst Mach and the Technological Fact of Counterfactuals,” Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (ZMK), vol. 9, no. 1 (2018): 13-32.

“The Cinema of Afflictions,” October, 159 (Winter 2017): 37-54.