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Erik Born

Assistant Professor, German Studies

 Erik Born

Name and title:

Erik Born, Assistant Professor, German Studies

Academic focus:

German literature and culture, media history and theory, premodern cultural techniques

Current research project: 

My book manuscript on the emergence of wireless media in Germany around 1900

Previous positions:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of German Studies, Cornell University, 2018-2019
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, 2016-2018

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., German studies and Medieval studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • B.A., Fundamentals: Issues & Texts, The University of Chicago, 2007

Last book read:

In English: “The Fifth Season” by N. K. Jemisin; in German: “Spekulative Sinnlichkeit” by Niklaus Largier

In your own time/when not working:
Cooking through our weekly CSA box from the Full Plate Farm Collective

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Premodern/Postmodern, Thinking Media

What most excites you about Cornell:
Contributing to the Media Studies Program (

Twitter handle/blog url:
@erikcborn; Personal Website (