Department of Germanic Studies and the College
Margareta Ingrid Christian studies German literary and cultural history from the 18th century to the present. Her research focuses on the porosity of disciplinary barriers, examining the circulation of concepts across seemingly incompatible frameworks. Her work traces the interfaces between literature, the history of art, and the history of science. Her current book project, a cultural history of air around 1900, draws on poetry, dance, art historical writings, and occult photography to analyze air as an aesthetic, medial, and epistemic object in the period.
She is the author of “Aer, Aurae, Venti: Philology and Physiology in Aby Warburg’s Dissertation on Botticelli,” which was published in 2014 in PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association of America. She is also the co-translator of G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923–1926.
Christian received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, as well as a Hyde Academic Year Research Fellowship, which was taken at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She holds a PhD in German from Princeton University, as well as an AB in Germanic languages and literatures, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University.
Christian joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.