Wesleyan portrait of Ethan  Kleinberg

Ethan Kleinberg

Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor

Professor of History

Boger Hall, 327

Professor of Letters

Boger Hall, 327

Chair, History

95 Pearl Street,

Editor-in-Chief, History and Theory


BA University of California, Berkeley
MA University of California, Los Angeles
PHD University of California, Los Angeles

Ethan Kleinberg

Kleinberg’s wide-ranging scholarly work spans across the fields of history, philosophy, comparative literature and religion. His research interests include European intellectual history with special interest in France and Germany, critical theory, educational structures, and the philosophy of history. 

He is the author of Haunting History: for a deconstructive approach to the past and Generation Existential: Martin Heidegger’s Philosophy in France, 1927-61, which was awarded the 2006 Morris D. Forkosch prize for the best book in intellectual history, by the Journal of the History of Ideas and co-editor of the volume Presence: Philosophy, History, and Cultural Theory for the Twenty-First Century. He is completing a book length project titled The Myth of Emmanuel Levinas, on the Talmudic Lectures the French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas presented in Paris between 1960 and 1990.


Kleinberg received his B.A from UC. Berkeley and his Ph.D. from UCLA.  In 1998 he was a Fulbright scholar in France. In 2003 he was the recipient of Wesleyan University’s Carol A. Baker ’81 Memorial Prize for excellence in teaching and research. In 2006 his book Generation Existential: Heidegger’s Philosophy in France, 1927-1961 was awarded the Morris D. Forkosch prize for the best book in intellectual history by the Journal of the History of Ideas. In 2011 he was Directeur d’études invité at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Spring 2020:  Tuesday and Thursday from 2:40-4:00 and by appointment.


Spring 2021
COL 244 - 01
Junior Colloquium 2

Fall 2021
COL 241 - 01
Sophomore Colloquium 1