Klaus Mladek is Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on 18th through 20th-century literature and literary theory, philosophy, psychoanalysis, law, and politics.
He is the editor of "Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution" (2007) and the author of "Stages of Justice: Encounters of Politics, Theater and Philosophy from Socrates to Arendt" (forthcoming with Northwestern University Press).
His co-edited collection "Sovereignty in Ruins: Towards a Politics of Crisis" (together with George Edmondson) appeared with Duke University Press in 2017. Recent articles and book chapters are on torture and shame, on melancholic politics, on the American jury system and on the idea of justice in Walter Benjamin. With the help of the American Council of Learned Societies, he is currently completing a co-authored study "A Politics of Melancholia" (with George Edmondson). Book projects entitled "Walter Benjamin's Demons: Revolution, Politics and the Idea of Justice" and "Criminal Subjects: Politics vs. Police in Literature and Philosophy after Kant" are in progress. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ACLS, the Humboldt Foundation, the Center for German and European Studies and the University of California Psychoanalytic Consortium.