Christiane Frey is Associate Research Professor of German at Johns Hopkins University while also teaching at RWTH Aachen University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bonn and her M.A. from the Sorbonne (Paris IV) in German, French and Comparative Literatures (with additional concentrations in Philosophy and Theology). She has previously taught at the Humboldt University Berlin, the University of Chicago, at Princeton and at New York University.
Her research focuses on 17th– and 18th–century German literature and philosophy in the European context at the intersection of the history of science and religion. She is particularly interested in the history of medical and philosophical anthropology and forms of self-care; aesthetic theory before and after Kant; the interplay between the baroque stage and astronomy; early modern political theologies; critical theories of secularization; literary epistemologies; short forms and micrologies of knowledge. Other areas of research and teaching include literary genre and form theory; fiction and calculus; thought experiments and possible worlds theory; seriality across centuries and media; literature and ecology.