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Susan Buck-Morss

Distinguished Professor

Department of Political Science

CUNY Graduate Center

New York, NY


Jan Rock Zubrow ‘77 Professor Emerita

Department of Government

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

email: [email protected] (preferred); [email protected]



CUNY Graduate Center:

Distinguished Professor Political Theory 2009-present

Cornell University:

Department of Government

  • Professor Emerita 2012-present
  • Jan Rock Zubrow ‘77 Professor 2008-2012
  • Professor 1990-2013
  • Associate Professor, 1983-90
  • Assistant Professor, 1978-83

Director of Visual Studies, 2003-2006

Department of Comparative Literature: Professor and Member of the Graduate Field 2007-present

Department of the History of Art: Professor and Member of the Graduate Field 2002-present

Department of German Studies: Professor and Member of the Graduate Field 1980-Present

School of Architecture, Art and City and Regional Planning, Professor and Member of the Graduate Field 2007-present

Humanities Council, Society for the Humanities, 2007-2010


Ph.D. with distinction, Georgetown University, 1975. Major field: European Intellectual History. Dissertation: “Theodor W. Adorno and the Genesis of Critical Theory.”

Graduate study in Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt-am-Main.

M.A. Yale University, History

B.A. cum laude, Vassar College, Intellectual History


Frantz Fanon Prize, 2011

Distinguished Professor, Committee on Globalization and Social Change, CUNY Graduate Center, 2010-present

Getty Scholar, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, January-June 2008

Faculty Fellow, University of the Arts, London (formerly the London Institute), appointed fall 1997; reappointed for second term, spring 2000; reappointed for third term, spring 2003.

Fellow and Advisory Council Member, Académie de la Latinité, Candido Mendes University, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2002-present

Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award as Visiting Distinguished Research Professor, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University, fall 2005.

Distinguished Professor, Carpenter Lectures, University of Chicago, fall 2005.

Visiting Scholar, AHRB Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies, Manchester/Essex/London, spring 2004

LeBoff Distinguished Professor, New York University, spring 2003.

Scholar in Residence, School of Liberal Arts and Science, Program of Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute, April, 2002

Professor, School of Criticism and Theory, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University: summer 2001

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Public Intellectuals Ph.D. Program, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 1998-2002.

Curator, inSITE2000, international art project, Tijuana/SanDiego, 1997-2001

Fellow, Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University, 1998-9

Andrew D. White Faculty Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 1996-97

Faculty Tutor, Jan van Eyck Academy of Art, Maastricht, Netherlands, 1995-1998

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, fall 1994

Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, fall 1993.

DAAD Study Research Grant, Berlin, summer, 1993

Rockefeller Foundation, Scholar in Residence, Bellagio, Italy, March, 1993.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Program on Research and Writing in International Peace and Security, August 1988-August 1989.

McArthur Grant administered by Cornell University Peace Studies: Program for travel and lecturing at the Moscow Institute of Philosophy, Soviet Academy of Science, January, 1988.

DAAD Study Research Grant, Frankfurt-am-Main, fall 1984

Andrew D. White Faculty Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 1982-83.

Humanities Faculty Research Grant, Cornell University, Summer, 1979.

DAAD Dissertation Research Grant, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1971-72.


German (fluent); French (excellent); Spanish (good); Russian (good); Modern Greek (good).



Year 1: A Philosophical Recounting. MIT Press, 2021.

Revolution Today. Haymarket Press, 2019.

Predočavanje kapitala: Prikazivanje političke ekonomije, trans. Olja Pretronić. Novi Sad & Zagreb: &Multimedijalni institute, 2014.

Hegel, Haití y la Historia Universal, with prologue by Claudio Lomnitz, trans. Juan Manuel Espinosa, Fondo de Cultura Económica, (kindle book) 2014.

100 Notes – 100 Thoughts: Notebook Nr. 4 for Documenta 13, with Emily Jacir (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2011)

Voire le Capital: Théorie Critique et Culture Visuelle. Ed. and trans. Maxime Boidy and Stéphane Roth. Paris: Les prairies ordinaires, 2010.

Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009. Translations:

  • Arabic (Doha Institute, Qatar)
  • Polish, trans. Katarzyna Bojarska (Wydawnictwo Krytyki Polityczne, 2014)
  • German, trans. Laurent Faasch-Ibrahim (Berlin: edition Suhrkamp, 2011)
  • Korean, (Seoul: Munhakdongne Publishing, 2012)
  • Japan (Hosei University Press, 2013)
  • Turkey (Metis, 2011)
  • Sweden (Arkiv Förlag)
  • Brazil (Novos Estudos Cebrap)

Voire le Capital, ed. and trans. Maxime Boidy and Stéphane Roth. Paris: éditions Les Prairies ordinaires, 2009.

Hegel et Haïti trans. Noémie Ségol. Paris: Éditions Lignes, 2006. Hegel y Haiti. Buenos Aires: Norma, 2005.

Walter Benjamin, escritor revolucionario. Trans. Mariano Lópex Seoane. Buenos Aires: Interzona, 2005.

Thinking Past Terror: Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left. London: Verso, 2003. Hebrew Translation, Resling Press, Israel, (fall 2004). Translations also in Greek (Athens, 2003) and Japanese (Tokyo, 2003). Rights granted for Spanish Translation (Madrid: Machado), and Urdu (Lahore: Fiction House). Verso paperback, fall 2006.

Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2000. Paperback edition, April 2002. Translations: Spanish (Madrid: Visor, 2004); Serbian (Belgrade: Belgrade Circle, 2005); Turkish (Istanbul: Metis, 2005), Portuguese (trans. Ana Luis Andrade, Brazil 2018)

The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 1989. Paperback edition, 1991. Translations:

  • German (Frankfurt-am-Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1993; paperback 2000)
  • Spanish (Madrid: Visor, 1996)
  • Portuguese (San Paulo, 2002)
  • Korean (Seoul: Munhakdongne Publishing, 2005)
  • Greek (Crete University Press, 2009)
  • Chinese (Hunan fine Arts, 2012)
  • Japanese (Tokyo: Keiso Shobo, 2014)

The Origin of Negative Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the Frankfurt Institute. New York: Macmillan Free Press, 1977; republished, 2002. London: Harvester Press, 1978. Paperback edition, 1979. Spanish trans. by Nora Rabotnikov (Mexico City: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1992).

Editor, Theodor W. Adorno, Gesammelte Schriften, vol. 9: Soziologische Schriften II. Frankfurt-am-Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1975. Republished as CD (Berlin: Digitale Bibliothek, 2003).


Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University Académie de la Latinité, founded in Rio de Janeiro by Candido Mendes, including Jean Baudrillard, Edgar Morin, Alain Touraine, Gianni Vattimo, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Augusto Roa Bastos et José Saramago (past).


  • New Benjamin Studies (international, Brill) present
  • Belgrade Journal for a New Media, Serbia (present)
  • Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts (present)
  • Diacritics, Cornell University (past)
  • Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory (United Kingdom)
  • Constellations (present)
  • Communication Studies Review, Portugal (present)
  • ID: International Dialogue, Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs (present)
  • Journal for Cultural Research (present)
  • Journal of Social Sciences, GC University Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Journal of Visual Culture (present)
  • Parallax (present)
  • Telos (past)
  • October (past)
  • Cultural Values (past) ##II. WEBSITES Web interview with Aurora Fernández Polanco Universidad Complutense de Madrid

“King Kong and the Palace of the Soviets”

“Visual Studies and Global Imagination”


III. ARTICLES: contributions to published volumes and journals

In memory of Valery Podoroga, November 2021 Бак-Морс С. О Валерии Подороге: Размышляя о годах нашей дружбы… // Человек. – 2021.URL:

“Translations in Time,” October (spring 2021).

“What Has Happened to the Left Revolutionary Project?” Susan Buck-Morss, Jonathan Flatley, and Helen Petrovsky, South Atlantic Quarterly 119:3 (July 2020) “Visual Empire 2.0” Dynamis of the Image, eds. Chiara Cappelletto and Alloa Emanuel (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2020).

“De l’histoire de l’art aux Visual Studies,” trans. by Maxime Boidy, Les Images de la Science vol. 8 (Paris: POLI editions, 2014).

“The Diplomacy of the Global Crowd,” in Post-Regionalism in the Global Age: Multiculturalism and Cultural Circulation in Asia and Latin America (Rio de Janeiro: Academy of Latinity, 2014)

“A Commonist Ethics,” in The Idea of Communism, vol. 2, ed. Slavoj Zizek (New York: Verso, 2013).

“La seconde fois comme farce…”, eds. Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek, L’Idee du communisme (Paris: lignes, 2010). In English, “The Second Time as Farce” in The Idea of Communism, eds. Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Zizek (London: Verso, 2010)

“Obama and the Image,” Culture, Theory and Critique, 2009, 50 (2-3), 145-6.

“Radical Cosmopolianism,” Third Text (100th Anniversary Issue) 2—9, 23 (5), London.

“Visual Empire,” Diacritics, 2008.

“Sovereign Right and the Global Left,” Cultural Critique 69 (Summer 2008). Earlier version in Rethinking Marxism, 19, 4 (2007); third version in Democracy, States, and the Struggle for Social Justice, eds.Heather Gauthey, Omar Dahbour, Ashley Dawson, Neil Smith (New York/London: Routledge, 2009).

October Questionnaire: Evaluating Intellectuals’ and Artists’ Response to the Iraq War, October 123 (Winter 2008).

“Theorizing Today,” Log 11 (Winter 2008).

“Visual Studies and Global Imagination.” In Spanish (“Estudios Visuales e Imaginación Global”), in José Luis Brea, ed., Los Estudios Visuales: La Epistemología de la Visualidad en la Era de la Globalización (Madrid: Ediciones Akal, 2005).

Contributor to Exhibition catalogue, Faces in the Crowd/Volti nella Folla: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today. Milan: Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, 2005.

Contributor, “Thinking Past Terror,” Catalogue for the Whitney Biennial of American Art, New York, spring 2004.

“Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, Politics and the Citizen,” Journal of Visual Culture 1,3 (December 2002): 325-40.

“Revolutionary Time: The Vanguard and the Avant-Guard,” in Helga Geyer-Ryan et al. eds., Benjamin Studies/Studien I. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2002.

“Art in the Age of Technological Surveillance,” in Fugitive Sites ed. Oswaldo Sanchez. Catalogue of inSITE2000/2001.

“A Global Public Sphere?” Radical Philosophy (December 2000). Translation rights granted to the Japanese magazine Hihyo Kukan (Critical Space), January 2002.

“Hegel and Haiti,” Critical Inquiry 26 (Summer 2000): 821-65. Reprinted in Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading, eds. Salah Hassan and Iftikhar Dadi (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2001); Italian translation in Roberto Cagliero and Francesco Ronzon, eds., Spettri di Haiti: Dal colonialismo frances all”imperialismo Americano. Verona: Ombrecorte, 2002. German translation in Der Black Atlantic, eds. Tina Campt and Paul Gilroy (Berlin: Haus der Kulture der Welt, 2004); Spanish translation: Hegel y Haiti (Buenos Aires: Norma, 2005). French translation consigned (Paris: lafabrique, 2005).

“Time and the Image: Darwinianism in Reverse,” Ruins in Reverse, ed. Grant Kester, art catalogue for CEPA exhibition (Buffalo), September 1998-March 1999.

“What is Political Art?” catalogue for the international art project, SanDiego/Tijuana, inSITE 1997. Reprinted in Design Beyond Design, ed. Jan van Toorn (Maastricht, 1999), trans. in Korean in Sangmin Kim et al,. Seoul: Sinongsa, 2004, pp.53-66.

“The City as Dreamworld and Catastrophe,” October 73 (Summer 1995): 3-26.

“Envisioning Capital: Political Economy on Display,” Critical Inquiry 21, 2 (Winter 1995): 434-67. Reprinted in Peter Wollen, ed., Visual Display, New York: DIA, 1996.

“Fashion in Ruins: History after the Cold War,” Radical Philosophy 68 (Autumn 1994): 10-17.

“Benjamin’s Dialectics of Seeing,” Modernity and the Hegemony of Seeing, ed. David Michael Levin (Berkeley: University of California, 1994).

“Aesthetics and Anaesthetics: Walter Benjamin’s Artwork Essay Reconsidered,” October 62 (Fall 1992). Published translations in German, Hebrew, Japanese, and Spanish. Republished in October: The Second Decade (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1998). Republished in Walter Benjamin: Critical Evaluations, ed. Peter Osborne, 3 vols. Vol II: Modernity.

“Dennis Adams’ East Pavilion,” El Pavello de l’Est (Barcelona: La Fundacio “La Caixa,” 1992).

“Kritische Theorie nach dem Kalten Krieg,” Geschichte Denken: Ein Notizbuch für Leo Loewenthal, ed. Frithjof Hager (Leipzig: Reklam,1992).

“East/West: Is There a Common Post-Modern Culture?” Strategies 6 (fall 1991).

Interview with the editors of Tianamen Review, Hong Kong (1991)

Russian trans. of two chapters of Dialectics of Seeing in the Yearbook of the History of Philosophy (Moscow: Academy of Sciences 1990).

“Eto-Progressivnoe Vremya,” Interview with editors of Vestnik (journal of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences, Moscow) 4 (1989): 99-101.

“Politicheskoe Voobrazhaemoe Frantsuskoi Revolutsii,” Philosophy and Revolution, part II, Publication on the Occasion of the Bicentennial of the Great French Revolution, ed. Bibikhin (Moscow: Academy of Sciences, 1989).

“Verehrte Unsichtbare! Walter Benjamin’s Radiovortraege”, Walter Benjamin und die Kinderliteratur, ed. Klaus Doedorer (Munich: Juventa Verlag, 1988).

“Semiotic Boundaries and the Politics of Meaning: Tourism in a Cretan Village,” in Buck-Morss, Noam Chomsky, et al., New Ways of Knowing, ed. Marcus Raskin and Herbert Bernstein (Totowa, N.J.: Rowman & Littlefield, 1987).

“Le Flaneur, l’Homme-sandwich et la Prostituee: Politique de la Flanerie,” Walter Benjamin et Paris, ed. Heinz Wismann (Paris: les editions du Cerf, 1986); reprinted in English in New German Critique 39 (fall 1986): 98-140; reprinted (in shortened form) in German in Passagen: Walter Benjamins Urgeschichte des XIX Jahrhunderts, eds. Norbert Bolz and Bernd Witte (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1984). Reprinted in English in anthology ed. By Beatrice Hansen (Routledge, forthcoming).

“Benjamin’s Passagen-Werk: Redeeming Mass Culture for the Revolution,” New German Critique 29 (spring/summer 1983): 211-40.

“Socioeconomic Bias in the Theory of Piaget and its Implications for the Cross-Culture Controversy,” Jean Piaget: Consensus and Controversy, eds. Sohan and Celia Mogdil (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982). Previously published in Human Development 18 (1975): 35-49; also in Klaus F. Riegel, ed., The Development of Dialectical Operations (Basel: Karger, 1975); trans. in Zur Ontogenese dialektischer Operationen (Frankfurt-am-Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1975).

“Piaget, Adorno, and the Possibilities of Dialectical Operations,” Piaget, Philosophy and the Human Sciences, ed. Hugh Silverman (New York: Humanities Press and London: Harvester Press, 1980); reprinted in Critical Theories of Psychological Development ed. John Broughton (New York: Plenum Press, 1987).

“Freedom for Sale,” Word and Image 1, 4 (October-December 1985), ed. Mark Crispin Miller: 325-29.

“Walter Benjamin: Revolutionary Writer,” 2-part article, New Left Review 128 (July-August 1981): 50-75; and 129 (September-October 1981): 77-95.

“Theodor W. Adorno,” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences: Biographical Supplement vol. 18 (New York: Macmillan Free Press, 1979).

Norbert Elias: The Civilizing Process,” Telos 37 (Fall 1978): 181-98.

INVITED LECTURES (multiple visits are not listed separately):

  • African Institute, Sharjah
  • Académie de la Látinité: Conferences, 2003 to the present: Alexandria, Amman, Ankara, Baku, Cairo, Istanbul, Rabat, Lima, Port-au-Prince, Quito; Lisbon, New York, Beijing, Tunis, Muscat
  • ABRALIC, Florianopolis, Brazil
  • ARCOforum, Madrid
  • Belgrade Circle, Belgrade
  • Bilgi University, Istanbul
  • Brown University, Providence
  • Buehl Center, Columbia University, New York
  • Centre Culturel International de Cerisy-La-Salle
  • Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Center for European Studies, New York University
  • Center for the Humanities, Columbia University
  • Center for Psycho-Social Studies, Chicago
  • Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Christian Gauss Seminars in Criticism, Princeton University
  • Cogut Center, Brown University
  • Colegia de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana
  • Columbia University, New York
  • Concordia University, Montreal
  • CUNY Graduate Center, New York
  • DIA Center for the Arts, New York City
  • Duke University, Durham
  • Emory University, Atlanta
  • FITAC, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • Goethe-Institut, Ramallah, Palestine
  • Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Guelph University, Ontario
  • Harvard University, Cambridge
  • Humanities Center, NYU
  • Internat. Center for Advanced Studies (Sawyer Seminar), NYU
  • Institut für die Wissenschaften des Menschen, Vienna
  • Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences, Madrid
  • Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Warsaw
  • International Diplomatic Symposium, Abu Dhabi
  • Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • London College University (LCU), London
  • MACG (Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil), Mexico City
  • McGill University, Montreal
  • Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris
  • Middlesex University, London
  • MOCOBA, Barcelona
  • Mohile Prashant Center, National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai
  • New York University, New York
  • Nobel Institute, Oslo
  • Northwestern University, Evanston *Notre Dame University, Notre Dame
  • Ontario Museum of Art, Toronto
  • Pembroke College, Cambridge University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Photographers’ Gallery, London
  • PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Radical Philosophy, London
  • Reed College, Portland
  • Rice University, Houston
  • Russian State University of the Humanities, Moscow
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Vancouver
  • San Francisco MoMA
  • School of Architecture, Princeton University
  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
  • SUNY, Binghamton, Stony Brook
  • Stanford University, Stanford
  • Tate Gallery, London
  • Tate Modern, London
  • Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Turkish Department of Foreign Affairs, Istanbul
  • UNESCO, Candido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro
  • Universidad Politechnica, San Juan PR
  • University of California at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, L.A., San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz
  • University of Chicago, Chicago
  • University of Copenhagen (Visiting Professorship)
  • University of Crete, Rethymino
  • University of Florida, Gainesville
  • University of Havana, Cuba
  • University of Illinois, Urbana
  • University of London, Birkbeck College
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Minsk, Belyorussia
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte NC
  • University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY
  • Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Whitney Graduate Center, New York
  • Yale University, New Haven CT
  • York University, Toronto Canada

Fields of Teaching:

  1. Continental Political Philosophy and Social Theory
  2. Critical Theory: From Kant to the Frankfurt School
  3. Kant and Hegel
  4. Modern Social Theory: Globalization, Sovereignty, Nationalism, Empire
  5. Visual Studies and Social Theory
  6. Contemporary and Comparative Political Theory