My study and research have drawn from several disciplines and have been interdisciplinary in nature. My graduate studies in Philosophy, for which I earned the MA and PhD at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, were rooted in the history of philosophy and Continental philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries, and culminated in a dissertation that drew on the intersections between German philosophy and poetry. Poetic practice was the focus of my MFA in creative writing, at Columbia University in New York. With my academic career in philosophy underway, I turned to the study of literature at Oxford, first for the MSt in European Literature at St. Catherine's College, with a special interest in Rilke and French theories of literary space, and, as Clarendon Scholar at St. John’s College, for the DPhil in Modern Languages and Literatures (German). There my dissertation focused on the exoticization of place and space, and the relation of the self and the foreign other, in the prose of German modernism from 1890-1930. In addition to these themes, I have worked on other aspects of modernism that involve visual art, the experience of the city, theories of perception and imagination, everydayness, and the connections between literary description and phenomenology. I join Birmingham having taught for some years as Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City, with previous teaching at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, Oxford University, and the University of Maine. I have been involved with research groups such as the Balzan Foundation Project ‘Literature as an Object of Knowledge’ and the History of Distributed Cognition Project, and have been Visiting Research Associate at the Research Centre at St. John’s College, Oxford.