New York City
I was was educated at Concordia College, the University of Munich and Rutgers University. A former fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, I have taught at Cambridge and at Columbia Universities prior to founding and running UWSP. I have given workshops, lectured and published on literary, philosophical, ethical and cultural subjects, including: Ethics and Dialogue in the Works of Levinas, Bakhtin, Mandel’shtam, and Celan (2001); Philosophical Fragments of a Contemporary Life (2007; under the pseudonym ‘Julien David’) Poetic Affairs: Celan, Grünbein, Brodsky (2008); 17 Prejudices That We Germans Hold Against America and Americans and That Can’t Quite Be True (2007; in German under the pseudonym ‘Misha Waiman’); The DNA of Prejudice—On the One and the Many (2009; winner of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Social Change); The Bars of Atlantis: Selected Essays by Durs Grünbein (2010; as editor); Yoga for the Mind: A New Ethic for Thinking and Being & Meridians of Thought (2013); and The Wisdom of Parenthood: An Essay (2013). A frequent guest on the radio throughout the US, I am a member of the Academy of American Poets, The Authors Guild and the P.E.N. Center for German-Speaking Authors Abroad.