, a professor of English at Princeton, is also a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. A prolific author, he has written extensively on topics ranging from literature, philosophy, photography, architecture, music, democracy, war, memory and forgetting, race and slavery, human rights and citizenship, and the ethics of decision-making. His books include, as author, Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History
(1998), Emerson and the Climates of History
(1997), and Fazal Sheikh: Portraits
(2011); and, as coeditor, Who Comes after the Subject?
(1991), Cities without Citizens
(2004), and a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly
entitled “And Justice for All?: The Claims of Human Rights” (2004). He is currently completing a translation of Nadar’s memoirs, Quand j’étais photographe
for MIT Press and a collection of essays on the ethics and politics of mourning entitled Of Mourning and Politics
. Another book, Paper Graveyards: Essays on Art and Photography
, is forthcoming in 2014.