Dominick LaCapra

Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies

Cornell University

Dominick LaCapra began teaching in the History Department at Cornell in 1969 where he is currently Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies.  He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature and is a member of the graduate field of Romance Studies and the program in Jewish Studies.  He served for ten years as director of Cornell’s Society for the Humanities and for four years as Associate Director and for eight years as director of the School of Criticism and Theory.  In the course of his career, LaCapra's own principal contributions have been to intellectual and cultural history and to critical theory, which he sees as closely related fields of inquiry.   His teaching interests range widely in the areas of modern European intellectual and cultural history, historiography, trauma studies, history and literature, and critical theory.  His publications include thirteen individually authored books and two edited or co-edited volumes: Emile Durkheim: Sociologist and Philosopher (1972); A Preface to Sartre (1978); “Madame Bovary" on Trial (1982); Rethinking Intellectual History: Texts, Contexts, Language (1983); History & Criticism (1985); History, Politics, and the Novel (1987); Soundings in Critical Theory (1989); Representing the Holocaust: History, Theory, Trauma (1994); History and Memory after Auschwitz (1998); History and Reading: Tocqueville, Foucault, French Studies (2000); Writing History, Writing Trauma (2001); History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory (2004); History and Its Limits: Human, Animal, Violence (2009); edited [with S. L. Kaplan]: Modern European Intellectual History: Reappraisals and New Perspectives (1982); edited: The Bounds of Race: Perspectives on Hegemony and Resistance (1991).