Andrew Brandel

Andrew Brandel

Lecturer on Social Studies
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Andrew Brandel is a Lecturer on Social Studies. His work is located at the intersection of cultural anthropology, comparative literature and philosophy, and examines the formation of intellectual and artistic culture in Europe. His research focuses particularly on the movement of ideas between social worlds (especially between Europe and South Asia), on the politics of literature and philosophy, and in the continued relevance of Romanticism to contemporary social theory.

Since 2010, he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on the relationship between literature, politics and everyday life in Germany, both in the context of the historical rise of the cultural bourgeoisie during the long nineteenth century, and in a contemporary moment when the stakes of free expression, and its conditions of possibility, are gaining new urgency. He is currently revising a manuscript based on this research for publication. His forthcoming book, Through the Eyes of the Child, written with Clara Han (Johns Hopkins) examines the nature of familial memories of catastrophic violence, particularly emanating from the Holocaust and the Korean War. He is also beginning work on a new book project on the place of figuration in the anthropological and ethnographic imagination.

Brandel received his B.A. (2009), M.A. (2013), and Ph.D. (2016) in Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Dean’s Teaching Fellow. In 2013, he was the inaugural University Archives Fellow at the Hamburger Archives, where he curated the papers of Sidney W. Mintz. From 2016 to 2017 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the institute for advanced study in Vienna, the Institute for Human Sciences, where his work focused on efforts to decolonize social theory.


2019-20 Courses
Social Studies 10a: Introduction to Social Studies (Fall)
Social Studies 10b: Introduction to Social Studies (Spring)
Social Studies 98rc: The Politics of Culture in Europe (Spring)

Contact Information

William James Hall 336