Chad Wellmon

Associate Professor of German

New Cabell Hall, Room 223
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment

Field & Specialties

European Romanticism and Enlightenment
European Intellectual History
Media Studies
Social and Cultural Theory


  • Ph.D., German Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 2006
  • B.A., Political Philosophy and German Davidson College, Spring 1999



Becoming Human: Romantic Anthropology and the Embodiment of Freedom (Penn State University Press, Series in Philosophy and Literature, 2010)

Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)


For more information on Professor Wellmon, visit his personal website.



“How the Philologist Became a Physician of Modernity: Nietzsche’s Lectures on German Education,” with Paul Reitter. Representations. 131:4 (2015): 68-104.

“See Page 481,” with Brad Pasanek, The Eighteenth Centuries, ed. David Gies and Cynthia Wall, forthcoming (University of Virginia Press).

“The Enlightenment Index,” with Brad Pasanek, forthcoming Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation 56:3 (Fall 2015): 357-380.

“Kant on the Discipline of Knowledge and the Unity of Knowledge,” forthcoming Performing Knowledge, ed. Mary Helen Dupie and Sean Franzel (Walter de Gruyter, Spring 2014).

“A Crisis of Purpose: Knowledge, Virtue and the University of the Future,” The Hedgehog Review 15:2 (Summer 2013): 79-91.

Why Google is Not Making us Stupid . . . Or Smart,” The Hedgehog Review 14:1 (Spring 2012): 64-78.

 “Touching Books: Diderot, Novalis and the Encyclopedia of the Future,” Representations 114:1 (2011): 65-102.

“Goethe’s Morphology of Knowledge, or the Overgrowth of Nomenclature,” Goethe Yearbook 17 (2010): 153-177.

“Kant and the Feelings of Reason,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 42:4 (2009): 557-580.

“Languages, Cultural Studies and the Future of Foreign Language Education,” Modern Language Journal (92:2) 2008: 292-295.

“From Bildung durch Sprache to Language Ecology. The Multilingual Challenge,” with Claire Kramsch. Münchener Arbeiten zur Fremdsprachenforschung 22 (2008): 215-225.

“Lyrical Feeling: Novalis’ Anthropology of the Senses,” Studies in Romanticism 47:4 (2008): 453-478.

“The Problem of Framing in Foreign Language Education: The Case of German,” with Claire Kramsch, Tes Howell and Chantelle Warner. Critical Inquiries in Language Studies. Fall 2007. 

Poesie as Anthropology: Schleiermacher, Colonial History and the Ethics of Ethnography,” The German Quarterly. Fall 79.4 (2006).

Book Reviews

Review of Louis Menand The Marketplace of Ideas and Mark Taylor Crisis on CampusThe Hedgehog Review 13:1 (2011): 88-91.

Revie Review of Stefani Engelstein, Anxious Anatomy, forthcoming Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography.

Review of John B. Lyon’s Crafting the Flesh, Crafting the Self, in German Studies Review, Winter 2008.

Review of Tom Gunning’s The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Modernity, in Medienwissenschaft Spring 2002.

Awards & Honors

Awards, Grants and Honors

NEH Summer Seminar, “The Study of Religion,” July 2011

ACLS Ryskamp Fellowship, Fall/Spring 2011-12

Sesqui Fellowship, University of Virginia, Fall 2010

All-University Teaching Award, UVa 2010

Mead Prize, University of Virginia Teaching Prize 2008

University of Virginia, Summer Research Grant, 2007 and 2008

Max Kade Prize, Awarded for Best Article of the Year in the German Quarterly 2007

University of Virginia, Educational Diversity Fellowship 2007

Georgetown University, Course Development Grant 2006

Davidson College Faculty Research Grant 2005

Davidson College Faculty Research Grant 2004

Social Science Research Council, Berlin Program Fellow 2005-2006 (declined)

Fulbright Scholar 2004-2005 (declined)

DAAD Fellowship 2004-2005 (declined)

Qui Parle (interdisciplinary journal of philosophy, literature and art) Editor, 2002-2004

Berkeley Language Center Fellow, 2002-2003

Frank Steinway Essay Award, UC Berkeley Department of German Best Essay Award for “Being-in-the-Metropolis: Ruttmann, Heidegger and Boredom,” 2001

Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, Davidson College, 1999

Davidson College Outstanding German Scholar Award, 1999

Stuart Scholar, 1997-1999

Floyd E. Moreland Fellowship for study at CUNY’s Greek Institute, 1997

Bonner Scholar, 1995-1999

Courses Taught


  • German Intellectual History: Spinoza to Hegel
  • Romanticism and Critique
  • The Order of Enlightenment


  • Introduction to German Literature
  • The Idea of the University
  • European Romanticism
  • The Human Knowledge Project from Gutenberg to Google
  • The Death of God