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Maya Kronfeld

Assistant Professor of Literature


Kronfeld's research areas of focus include Literature and Philosophy, Aesthetics and Literary Theory, Kant, Hume, English and French Romanticism and Modernism, Jazz and Black Music Studies, African-American Literature, Philosophy of Mind, Critical Epistemology, Cognitive Metaphor Theory. 

Kronfeld was the Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in Humanistic Studies in the Princeton Society of Fellows from 2020-2023 after completing her PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her book project, Spontaneous Form: Consciousness and Philosophical Fiction integrates literary studies with Kantian approaches to the philosophy of mind and jazz studies. Her work appears in The Review of English Studies, Radical Philosophy and Jazz & Culture and is forthcoming in Philosophy and Literature, as well as The Cambridge Companion to Philosophy and Literature , the Cambridge Guide to Kant and Literary Studies and The Johns Hopkins Guide to Critical and Cultural Theory. 

Kronfeld is also a professional pianist who has collaborated with Georgia Anne Muldrow, Toshi Reagon, Nona Hendryx, Thana Alexa and Antonio Sanchez, Christian McBride, and Taylor Eigsti, and lent her skills to drummer-led projects by Justin Brown, Blaque Dynamite, Nikki Glaspie and Thomas Pridgen. She is piano faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and performed most recently at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Literature · 2023 - Present Literature, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Berkeley · 2020 Ph.D.