• Bruce Robbins

    Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities
    605 Philosophy Hall
    Office Hours:
    Wednesday 10:00am to 12:00pm
    (212) 854-6463

    Areas of Interest :
    19th- and 20th-century fiction; transnational literature; literary and cultural theory

    B.A., Harvard (1971); M.A., Harvard (1976); Ph.D., Harvard (1980). Bruce Robbins works mainly in the areas of nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial studies. He is the author of Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence (Duke, 2012), Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State (Princeton, 2007), Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress (NYU, 1999), Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture (Verso, 1993) and The Servant's Hand: English Fiction from Below (Columbia, 1986; Duke pb 1993). He has edited Intellectuals: Aesthetics, Politics, Academics (Minnesota, 1990) and The Phantom Public Sphere (Minnesota, 1993) and he has co-edited (with Pheng Cheah) Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling beyond the Nation (Minnesota, 1998) and (with David Palumbo-Liu and Nirvana Tanoukhi) Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture (Duke, 2011). He was co-editor of the journal Social Text from 1991 to 2000. Cosmopolitanisms, co-edited with Paulo Horta, was published by NYU Press in July 2017. The Beneficiary, a sequel to Perpetual War, was published by Duke UP in December 2017. In 2013 he directed a documentary film entitled Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists. He is now completing a documentary on the Israeli historian Shlomo Sand and working on a book about literary representations of atrocity.