John T. Hamilton, PhD

William R. Kenan Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Harvard University
John Hamilton is professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. He has held previous teaching positions in comparative literature and German at Harvard and New York University, with visiting professorships in classics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at Bristol University's Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition. He was a resident fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2005-06. Together with Eckart Goebel and Paul Fleming, he serves as an editor of the "Manhattan Manuscripts" series, published in Germany by the Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen. His most recent book was Music, Madness, and the Unworking of Language, published in 2008. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Petra. T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award.


  • PhD New York University