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Carley Johnson

MA student

Max Kade Fellow

Germanic Studies

About

Carley Johnson is an MA Student with a BA in Germanic studies from the University of Kansas. Her focus within the field of Germanic studies is German-Jewish studies with specific attention to 20th century political and social philosophy and critical theory. Her interest in Germanic studies began with German as a foreign language in high school, leading to a year abroad at the University of Bonn in 2016-2017. 

Carley’s research engages with the work of 20th century German-Jewish intellectuals such as Hannah Arendt, Stefan Zweig, and theorists of the Frankfurt School, associating German moral philosophy and existentialism of the likes of Hegel, Kant, and Nietzsche with German-Jewish literature, culture, intellect, and spirituality. Her former work has addressed modern developments of antisemitism, linguistic analyses of Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem, and ethics under persecution from the Third Reich.