Stephen Kern

Humanities Distinguished Professor

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), and The Modernist Novel: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge, 2011). His work has been translated into German, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Japanese, and Korean. He recently completed the manuscript of a book on modernism titled Modernist Fragmentation and Unification, which challenges the widely held argument that modernism is essentially about fragmentation and its modes of rupture, crisis, breakdown, trauma, and so forth. 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 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 and most recently 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


Areas of Expertise
  • Modern European History
  • Religion in History
  • Environment, Technology, and Science

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