Jana Mader

Director of Academic Programs, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College

Jana Mader holds an M.A. in German and Anthropology and a PhD in Comparative Literature, both from the University of Munich. She has taught at the University of North Carolina and The Juilliard School, and has been at Bard since 2021. Her research interests include 19th-century literature, politics, and art; nation-building in the United States and Germany; Hudson Valley history, art, and literature; national narratives and nationalism; Hannah Arendt; 19th- and 20th-century poetry; Arendt and “poetic language.” As a scholar, writer, and translator, she works at the intersection of theory and practice. Her first novel, “Wir alles, wir nichts,” was published in 2018, and in 2020 she co-edited “Denkräume. Von Orten und Ideen,” an anthology on places and spaces of thinking published by Rowohlt Verlag. In 2023, “Natur und Nation. Landschaft als Ausdruck nationaler Identität,” a comparative analysis of 19th-century literature on the Hudson Valley and the Rhine Valley, was published by Königshausen & Neumann. More about her work can be found here: janamarlene.com