John Brenkman is University Distinguished Professor of comparative literature and English at the CUNY Graduate Center and Baruch College. He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University. He has been a visiting professor in the Institut du Monde Anglophone, University of Paris 3, and led a seminar (Philosophy of the Passions, Rhetorics of Affect ) at the School of Criticism and Theory in 2012. He is the author of Culture and Domination (Cornell University Press, 1987), Straight Male Modern: A Cultural Critique of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 1993), and The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought since September 11 (Princeton University Press, 2007). Among the journals where his essays have appeared are New German Critique, Qui Parle, Le Meilleur des Mondes, Social Text, Critical Inquiry, Narrative, and Novel. Current work includes projects on modernism, nihilism, and belief and on Henry James’s late novels. At Baruch College he has served as chair of the English department and as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He was a founding editor of Social Text.