Brigid Doherty holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of German and the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, where she is also an Associated Faculty member in the School of Architecture. From 2012 to 2019, she served as director of Princeton’s Program in European Cultural Studies. She earned her PhD, in History of Art, at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996, and her AB, in Modern Thought and Literature and Studio Art, from Stanford University in 1987.
Her research and teaching focus on the interdisciplinary study of twentieth-century art and literature, with special emphasis on the history of German modernism and on relationships among the visual arts, literature, and aesthetic and psychoanalytic theories. Her art-historical scholarship includes numerous publications and translations in the study of German Dada and avant-garde art of the 1920s, as well as articles and exhibition catalogue essays on contemporary art, especially the work of Hanne Darboven and Rosemarie Trockel. Her work on German literature and critical theory includes articles on Rainer Maria Rilke, Bertolt Brecht, and Walter Benjamin. She is co-editor of a volume of writings by Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility and Other Writings on Media (Harvard University Press, 2008).