David Pan

Professional Bio 

David Pan is currently Professor of German and Chair of the Department of European Language and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is also the book review editor of the journal, Telos, the Executive Director of the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute, and a member of the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association. He has previously held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford University, Penn State University, and McKinsey and Company. He is the author of Primitive Renaissance: Rethinking German Expressionism (2001) and Sacrifice in the Modern World: On the Particularity and Generality of Nazi Myth (2012). In addition to his work on writers in the German tradition, such as J.W. von Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Franz Kafka, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Juenger, and Carl Einstein, he has published on issues of sovereignty, the public sphere, and the representational aspect of politics.

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German literature and intellectual history, political theory

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Professor