Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Professor in the School of Humanities

University of California, Irvine


Nahum Dimitri Chandler serves on the faculty of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. At UC Irvine, he holds the rank of full professor appointed as a core faculty member in the Department of African American Studies and in the Department of English, and as a participating faculty member in the Department of Comparative Literature and in the Department of European Languages and Studies. Known in the formal academic context, as an historian of the human sciences and as a theorist within contemporary critical thought, especially as a scholar of the work of W. E. B. Du Bois and as a critical interpreter of the work of Jacques Derrida, along with a singular engagement with the work of composer, poet, and pianist Cecil Taylor (the 2013 Kyoto Prize laureate in Arts and Philosophy) – the latter of whom he hosted for six months as an artist in residence while director of the Program in Comparative American Studies at Johns Hopkins University – Professor Chandler has lectured in the majority of the states in the United States, in Canada, several parts of Europe (for example, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Scotland, Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic) and in Asia (Japan and China), and as well he has undertaken scholarly visits to Africa (Zimbabwe and Nigeria) – over the past twenty-five years.