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Jakob Norberg

Professor of German Studies
German Studies
116H Old Chemistry, BOX_90256, Durham, NC 27708
116H Old Chemistry, BOX_90256, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Tues./Thurs. - 1:00p - 2:00p  


Jakob Norberg’s research explores conceptions of community in German thought and literature. His first book, Sociability and Its Enemies (Northwestern 2014), examines the search for non-authoritarian forms of collective life after the end of the Second World War and focuses on thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, and Jürgen Habermas. The second book, TheBrothers Grimm and the Making of German Nationalism (Cambridge 2022), shows how Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm viewed philologists as arbiters of national identity, even adjudicators of national territory, and therefore as experts indispensable to the modern nation state. A forthcoming book entitled Schopenhauer’s Politics (Cambridge) reconstructs Arthur Schopenhauer’s anti-nationalist, anti-collectivist political philosophy. His articles have appeared in venues such as PMLA, Arcadia, Cultural Critique, New German Critique, Textual Practice, Telos, and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought. More information about Norberg can be found on

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of German Studies · 2022 - Present German Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Chair of the Department of German Studies · 2021 - Present German Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Princeton University · 2008 Ph.D.