Courtney Hodrick

Courtney Hodrick

Ph.D. Student in German Studies, admitted Autumn 2017
Ph.D. Minor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
2016: B.A. cum laude, Humanities (Intellectual History), Yale University

My research explores the intersection of literature; philosophy; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; Jewish studies; and intellectual history. I am writing a dissertation on hope in the works of Hannah Arendt that thinks with and past Arendt to excavate sources of hope that do not rely on religion or ideology. I have also worked extensively on the Frankfurt School, particularly on the question of sexuality in Adorno, as well as on Schnitzler and fin-de-siecle Vienna.

My undergraduate thesis at Yale focused on Adorno, Horkheimer, and Blumenberg's responses to the secularization thesis, and my interest in political theology continues to drive my work on thinkers from Schmitt to Arendt, as well as on the modern Alt-Right.

In between college and graduate school, I spent a year as an English language teaching assistant with Fulbright Austria at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, Austria, about a mile from the Liechtenstein border. 

Bachelor's Thesis: "Against Secularization: Cosmological Theories of Modernity in Dialectic of Enlightenment and The Legitimacy of the Modern Age