Gregory Jones-Katz is an American intellectual and cultural historian. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, and is currently a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. In April, Greg will join the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) as an International Fellow. He works in the fields of American intellectual and cultural history, the history of higher education, and the global history of the humanities. Greg’s first book Deconstruction: An American Institution is now available with the University of Chicago Press (https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/D/bo27599454.html )
Greg’s second book project, Globalizing American Theory: The Cultural Politics of the Academic Left and the Neoliberal University 1965-2000, will be a comprehensive history of American Theory, showing the reasons for this body of work’s domestic production and its wider influence in the United States from the 1960s to the 2000s. The project will also explain American Theory’s reception and distribution in Europe and China. By investigating the texts, curricula, institutes, journals, lectures, study groups, and symposia invested in “theory” during the last three decades of the twentieth century, this new work aims to illuminate how uses of “theory” and its cultural politics transformed the humanities and social sciences, influencing not only higher education and intellectual life, but cultural and political conversations beyond university walls.
Greg is also working on a “Chinalogue” in which he reflects on his intellectual life in China as an American academic. Examining his own cultural disorientation, Greg contemplates his refracted view of America through the lens of his experiences in China. He considers topics including history, technology, education, and simulacra. A selection from this project has appeared in German cultural Magazine Merkur and another is forthcoming in Schweizer Monat.
School of Humanities and Social Science
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen