Stephen Kern

Stephen Kern

Stephen Kern

Humanities Distinguished Professor


242 Dulles Hall
230 Annie and John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Modern European History
  • Religion in History
  • Environment, Health, Technology, and Science

Stephen Kern taught at Northern Illinois University, completing his time there as a Distinguished Research Professor, before coming to Ohio State in 2002. He was appointed a Humanities Distinguished Professor at Ohio State in 2004. He has been awarded A.C.L.S., N.E.H., Rockefeller, and Guggenheim Fellowships and received the Ohio Academy of History Distinguished Historian Award for 2007.

Stephen Kern specializes in modern European cultural and intellectual history. His publications include Anatomy and Destiny: A Cultural History of the Human Body (Bobbs-Merrill, 1975); The Culture of Time and Space: 1880-1918 (Harvard, 1983, 2003); The Culture of Love: Victorians to Moderns (Harvard, 1992); Eyes of Love: The Gaze in English and French Paintings and Novels (NYU, 1996); A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought (Princeton, 2004), The Modernist Novel: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge, 2011), and Modernism After the Death of God: Christianity, Fragmentation, and Unification (Routledge, 2017). His work has been translated into German, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Japanese, and Korean. He is currently working on an update of his earlier book on time and space, a hundred years later, which will focus on ways that new transportation technologies such as jet planes and space flight in particular and new communication technologies such as the internet and smart phones, among many others, transformed ideas about and the concrete experience of time and space as thinking about the world shifted from internationalism to globalism to planetarity. 

Project Q: Peace & Security in a Quantum Age - Interview of Professor Kern

Research and teaching areas:

--Modern European cultural and intellectual History
--Modernism in philosophy, literature, and the arts 
--Technology and culture


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