Pembroke Center

Kevin McLaughlin

Dean of the Faculty, George Hazard Crooker University Professor of English, Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of German Studies, Chair, Department of Modern Culture and Media


Kevin McLaughlin, Dean of the Faculty at Brown since 2011, is a scholar of English, comparative literature, German studies and modern culture and media. His research focuses on European and American literature of the 19th century, with special emphasis on the interconnections between literature and philosophy. He has been the recipient of research grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. He is the author of three books, “Writing in Parts:  Imitation and Exchange in 19th-Century Literature,” “Paperwork:  Literature and Mass Mediacy in the Age of Paper,” and “Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant.” McLaughlin is also the co-translator with Howard Eiland of “Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project.” He is currently at work on a book focused on Walter Benjamin's literary criticism called “Philology of Life: Walter Benjamin’s Literary Critical Legacy.”