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Courtney Hodrick

My research explores the intersection of literature; philosophy; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; Jewish studies; and intellectual history. My central focus is the Frankfurt School, and my primary interest is the concept of modernity as crisis. My dissertation project examines connections between Theodor W. Adorno and Viennese Modernism, looking at influences such as Schnitzler and Freud and themes including nostalgia, eroticism, and exchange.
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. 

Education

2017- present: PhD student, Stanford University, German Studies (Minor: Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
2016: B.A. cum laude, Yale University, Humanities (Intellectual History)
Bachelor's Thesis: "Against Secularization: Cosmological Theories of Modernity in Dialectic of Enlightenment and The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

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