Richard Wolin is a highly regarded authority in the field of modern European intellectual history and has earned a reputation as a leading public intellectual. He has published widely on twentieth-century French and German political thought. His books have been translated into ten languages. Among them are Walter Benjamin: An Aesthetic of Redemption (1982); The Politics of Being: The Political Thought of Martin Heidegger (1990); Heidegger’s Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Lowith, Hans Jonas, and Herbert Marcuse (2001); which has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, and Chinese; and The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism (2004).
Wolin’s most recent book, The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s (2010; pbk., 2012), was one of eight named in the Financial Times as 2012 Best Books in History. When it was first issued in cloth, the book was on John Wilson’s list of Favorite Books of 2010 in Books & Culture, National Public Radio. In addition to his scholarly writing, Wolin has contributed regularly to such publications as the New Republic, Dissent, the Nation and the Los Angeles Times. He is on several editorial review boards and has received grants and awards from the German Marshall Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Wolin received a B.A. from Reed College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from York University in Toronto, and has held faculty positions at Reed College and Rice University, where he was D. D. McMurtry Professor of History, as well as at the Central European University.