Samuel Weber is Avalon Foundation Professor of
Humanities at Northwestern and co-director of its Paris
Program in Critical Theory.
Professor Weber studied
with Paul de Man and Theodor W. Adorno, whose book, Prisms,
he co-translated into English. The translation of, and introduction
to Theodor Adorno's most important book of cultural criticism
helped define the way in which the work of the Frankfurt School
would be read and understood in the English-speaking world. Professor
Weber has also published books on Balzac, Lacan, and Freud as
well as on the relation of institutions and media to interpretation.
In the 1980s he worked in Germany as a “dramaturge” in
theater and opera productions. Out of the confrontation of that
experience with his work in critical theory came the book, Theatricality
as Medium, published in 2004 by Fordham University Press. In
2005 he published Targets of Opportunity:
On the Militarization of Thinking, also at Fordham. His most recent book is Benjamin's
-abilities, published by Harvard UP. That book, as well as several
others, are currently being translated into Chinese and will
be published by Beijing University Press. His current research
projects include "Toward a Politics of Singularity" and "The
Professor Weber began teaching at the Free University
of Berlin and subsequently taught at the Johns Hopkins University
and UCLA before coming to Northwestern in 2001.
For more information on the work of Professor Weber
visit Global Positionings.