Rüdiger Campe

Professor and Department Chair, Department of German Language and Literature

Rüdiger Campe is the chair of the Department of German Languages and Literature at Yale and is also affiliated with the Departments of Comparative Literature and Film and Media Studies. He is currently completing a co-authored book on “communication” and “empire” in Goethe’s Conversations of German Refugees. He teaches 19th– and 20th-century German literature and philosophy, including Marx, Freud, and Kafka.

Campe is the recipient of the Aby-Warburg Prize and the Research Award of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation. He has served as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin and the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale.

Campe received his Ph.D. from Freiburg University and has served as a professor at Yale University, Essen University, Johns Hopkins University, the European University at Frankfurt an der Oder, and New York University.