Thomas Bartscherer is the Peter Sourian Senior Lecturer in the Humanities at Bard College. He works in the humanities and the arts and on the study of liberal education and politics. Current projects include the new critical edition of Hannah Arendt’s The Life of the Mind
, which he is coediting for the Complete Works
series, and When the People Rule: Popular Sovereignty in Theory and Practice
, which he is coediting for Cambridge University Press. With composer Dylan Mattingly, he has created Stranger Love
, a six-hour opera commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which premiered at the the LA Phil’s Disney Hall in May of 2023. He also writes on technology, new media, and contemporary art, and has published translations from German and French. He is coeditor of Erotikon: Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern
and Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts
, both from the University of Chicago Press. He has held research fellowships at the École Normale Supérieure, and the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich and was a Senior Fellow in residence at the Center for Advanced Film Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He was director of Bard’s Language and Thinking Program from 2010 to 2015.