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Carl Gelderloos

Associate Professor of German; Director of Undergraduate Studies for German; TRIP Courtesy Title

German and Russian Studies; Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP)


Carl Gelderloos has been at Binghamton since 2014. In his research he explores topics related to the literature, culture, and thought of the Weimar Republic, German modernism, Philosophical Anthropology, photography, science fiction, and critical theory. A common theme of Gelderloos’ scholarship is an interest in the ways in which writers grappled with concepts of modernity, modernization, and modernism. His first book, Biological Modernism received an Honorable Mention for the 2020 DAAD/GSA book prize, and has been reviewed in Modern Language Review, The German Quarterly, The Germanic Review, Monatshefte, and Modernism/modernity.


Gelderloos’ courses range from third-semester German to larger courses taught in English, which are frequently cross-listed in the departments of Art History, Cinema, Comparative Literature, English, and Philosophy. These courses cover diverse topics including 18th to 21st-century literature, visual culture and film, literary theory, and critical theory. Recent courses include “Learning to See: Art & Media in Weimar Germany,” “Introduction to Marx & Critical Theory,” “Staging Revolutions,” “Cold War Science Fictions,” "Intermediate German I," and "Texts and Contexts II.”


  • PhD, MA, Cornell University
  • BA, New York University

Research Interests

  • 20th-century German literature and culture
  • Weimar modernism and the avant-garde
  • the photography of New Objectivity
  • Alfred Döblin
  • Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Science fiction
  • Marx and Marxism

Teaching Interests

  • German language
  • German literature
  • Marx and Critical Theory
  • Visual culture of the Weimar Republic
  • Science fiction


  • Honorable mention, DAAD/GSA Book Prize for the Best Book in Germanistik or Cultural Studies for Biological Modernism: The New Human in Weimar Culture (October 2020)
  • Max Kade Prize for the Best Article in The German Quarterly, for “‘Jetzt kommt das Leben’: The Technological Body in Alfred Döblin’s Berge Meere und Giganten” (November 2016)
  • Graduate Student Article Prize of the German Studies Association, for “Simply Reproducing Reality: Brecht, Benjamin, and Renger-Patzsch on Photography” (October 2013)
  • Fulbright Fellowship for Doctoral Research in Berlin (2011–2012)

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