Joanna Stalnaker

Associate Professor of French

Columbia University

Director, M.A. in History and Literature

Director, M.A. in Global French Studies

Joanna Stalnaker is interested in the organization of knowledge, representation, and literary form in the French Enlightenment. Her work lies at the intersection of the history of philosophy, science, and literature. She is the author of The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia, which won the Kenshur Prize from the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University in 2010. Her current project, The Enlightenment’s Last Words, views the end of the Enlightenment through the lens of the French philosophes’ last works. She is also starting to think about the problem of species extinction at the end of the Enlightenment and its implications for an emerging concept of literature.