Assistant Professor of German and Humanities
Division of Literature and Languages
Jake Fraser joined the Reed faculty in 2018 and is Assistant Professor of German and Humanities. He received a BA in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill (2010) and a PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Chicago (2018). He specializes in late 18th- and early 20th-century German literature and philosophy, with emphases in philosophies of time and history and histories of science and technology. At Reed, he teaches courses on 20th-century German thought and literature, psychoanalysis, and media studies. He has published on figures and topics ranging from Heinrich von Kleist and early modern print media to Franz Kafka and technologies of bureaucracy. He is currently completing a book-length study of theories and technologies of “retroactivity” [Ger: Nachträglichkeit] from the 18th to 20th centuries. Future projects include a study of the metaphorics of the Book of Nature in the late 18th century and a media history of latency and delay.