Ring 2013 Speaker
Kenneth Reinhard is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in English and American Literature in 1989. His fields of research and teaching include the History of Critical and Aesthetic Theory, Contemporary Critical Theory (Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Political Theory) and Jewish Studies (Hermeneutics and Modern Jewish Philosophy). He is the author, with Slavoj Zizek and Eric Santner of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and with Julia Reinhard Lupton, of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell UP, 1993; revised edition 2009), as well as articles on French and German philosophy, literature, and the Bible. He also writes performance reviews for Opera Quarterly, and is editing a special issue of the journal on suppressed German-Jewish operas of the early twentieth century. He has organized many conferences at UCLA, including “Recovered Voices: Staging Suppressed Opera of the Early 20th Century” and two conferences on Wagner at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles: “Wagner in LA: The Opera of the 21st Century?” and “Wagner and Anti-Semitism.” Currently he is writing a book on the political theology of the neighbor. He was Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies (2000-2004), during which time he received an NEH Challenge Grant worth $2.5 million. He received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to run an interdisciplinary Sawyer Seminar on “The Ethics of the Neighbor” in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and secular modernity (2003-2004). In 2004 he founded the annual UC Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory and he is now the Director of the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory. He is married to Julia Reinhard Lupton (Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine) and has four children, Hannah, Isabel, Lucy, and Eliot.