Liane Carlson

Public Humanities Fellow Columbia University

Liane Carlson received her PhD in philosophy of religion at Columbia University in 2015, where she received her M.A. (2010) and M.Phil (2012) after graduating summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University (2007). Her research interests include the philosophical and theological history of Critical Theory, with particular emphasis on German Romanticism, the limits of the critical power of history, the problem of evil, and the intersection of religion and literature. Entitled Losing Touch: An Alternate History of Contingency, Affect, and Touch, her dissertation explores how 19th and 20th-century literary, scientific, anthropological and theological debates shaped a philosophical tradition that understood touch, rather than chance events, as the most primal way of experiencing contingency. Liane's work has been supported by a Fulbright Grant, a Jacob K. Javits Doctoral Fellowship, an AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship, a Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, and a Public Humanities Fellowship from the New York Council for the Humanities.