Martin Jay

Ehrman Professor of European History Emeritus


Union College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1965

London School of Economics, Junior Year Abroad, 1963-64

Harvard University, Ph.D., 1971

Research Interests

European Intellectual History; Visual Culture; Critical Theory


Valedictorian, Union College, 1965

Phi Beta Kappa

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1965-66

Danforth Foundation Fellowship, 1966-71

Herbert Baxter Adams Award for 1973 (American Historical Association Award for best first book in European history)

Academy of Literary Studies, 1986

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, l996

Science Prize of the Aby Warburg Foundation, Hamburg, 2003

Faculty Research Lecture, U. of California, Berkeley, 2006

Festschrift, The Modernist Imagination: Intellectual History and Critical Theory, eds., Warren Breckman, Peter Gordon, A. Dirk Moses, Samuel Moyn, and Elliot Neaman (Berghahn Books, New York, 2009)

Conference on “Discussing Modernity: A Dialogue with Martin Jay,” Wrocław, Poland (October 15-17, 2010)

”Beyond The Dialectical Imagination: A Conference in Honor of Martin Jay,” UC, Berkeley, October, 2016.

Conference on Downcast Eyes in Japanese, Ritsumeiken University, Kyoto, Japan, April, 2018; proceedings published in Memoirs of Institute of Humanities, Human and Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, 118 (2019)

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Bard College, May, 2018

Symposium on the Work of Martin Jay, Queen Mary University London, June, 2018

American Historical Association Award for Scholarly Distinction (for senior historians for lifetime achievement), 2018

American Philosophical Society, 2019

Dedication of Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, 42, 2 (Autumn, 2019) on my “75th birth anniversary”

Employment & Teaching

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, 1967-71

Academic Tutor, Black Community School, Columbia, South Carolina, 1967

Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, 1971-76

Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, 1976-82

Senior Associate Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford, 1974-75

Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, 1982-

Collége Internationale de Philosophie, Paris, Spring, 1985

School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College, Summer, 1986

Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge, January-June 1989

Non-resident Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine, Fall 1989

Mellon Professor, Summer Faculty Seminar, Tulane University, Summer 1990

Fellow of the Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley, 1991-92

School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Summer 1998

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Seminar, 2009

Co-Director of the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, U. of California, Berkeley, 2007-2016

Visitor, Department of Political Science, U. of Delhi, India, January, 2012.

Shinhan Distinguished Professor, Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, May-June, 2013

Fellowships Awarded Since Ph.D.

University of California Regents' Summer Faculty Fellowship, summer 1973

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1974-75

National Endowment for the Humanities, 1974-75 (not accepted)

American Council of Learned Societies, 1978-79 (not accepted)

National Endowment for the Humanities, 1979-80

American Council of Learned Societies, 1984-85 (not accepted)

Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, 1984-85

Humanities Research Fellowship, U.C.B. - 1988

American Council of Learned Societies, 1988-89

Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1993-94

University of California President's Research

Fellowship in the Humanities, 1993-94

Stanford Humanities Center, 1997-98

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2001-2002

National Humanities Center, North Carolina, 2005-2006

American Academy in Berlin, 2010

Personal Information

Born: May 4, 1944, New York City

Marital Status: Married, one step-daughter, one daughter


The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923-50 (Boston, Little, Brown and Co., 1973); Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek, Portuguese and Serbo-Croation editions. Pirated Korean editions. Second English edition with new preface, University of California Press, 1996.

Marxism and Totality: The Adventures of a Concept from Lukács to Habermas, (Berkeley, University of California Press; 1984); Japanese edition.

Adorno(London, Fontana Modern Masters Series; Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1984); Italian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Japanese, Turkish, and two Chinese editions (PRC and Taiwanese).

Permanent Exiles: Essays on the Intellectual Migration from Germany to America (New York, Columbia University Press, 1985) Japanese edition.

Fin-de-Siécle Socialism and Other Essays(New York, Routledge, 1988), Spanish and Japanese editions.

Force Fields: Between Intellectual History and Cultural Criticism(New York, Routledge, 1993); Japanese edition.

Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993); Spanish edition.

Cultural Semantics: Keywords of the Age (Amherst, Mass., U. of Massachusetts Press, 1998).

Refractions of Violence (New York, Routledge, 2003); Japanese edition.

Songs of Experience: Modern American and European Variations on a Universal Theme(Berkeley, University of California Press, 2004); Polish and Spanish editions.

The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics (Charlottesville, Va., University of Virginia Press, 2010).

Essays from the Edge: Parerga and Paralipomena (Charlottesville, Va., University of Virginia Press, 2011).

Russian and Italian translations to The Virtues of Mendacity

Discussing Modernity: A Dialogue with Martin Jay, eds. Dorota Koczanowicz, Leszek Koczanowicz, and David Schauffler (Amsterdam, Rodolphi, 2013).

Kracauer l’Exilé  (Paris, Bord de l’eau, 2014).

Reason After its Eclipse: On Late Critical Theory (Madison, Wi., U. of Wisconsin, 2016).

Splinters in your Eyes: Frankfurt School Provocations (London, Verson, 2020).

Edited Volumes

Festschriftfor Leo Lowenthal, Telos, 45 (Fall, 1980).

An Unmastered Past: The Autobiographical Reflections of Leo Lowenthal(Berkeley, University of California Press, 1987).

The Weimar Republic Sourcebook(with Anton Kaes and Edward Dimendberg) (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1994).

Vision in Context: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Sight(with Teresa Brennan) (New York, Routledge, 1996).

Reification: A New Look At An Old Idea(Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008)

Empires of Vision: A Reader (with Sumathi Ramaswamy) (Durham, NC, Duke U. Press, 2014).

Regular column in Salmagundi, 1987-present.