History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy (especially the German tradition), Aesthetics, Continental Philosophy
My research has focused on figures in 19th century German philosophy, specifically, Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. I'm particularly interested in how each of them diagnoses and attempts to provide a solution to certain philosophical problems that manifest themselves on the social or cultural level--Nietzsche, for instance, is concerned with the problem of nihilism, and Hegel with freedom and recognition. I'm also interested in Nietzsche's method of genealogy and how it might serve as a tool for social critique. Going hand-in-hand with my research on these 19th Century figures is an abiding interest in the Frankfurt School.