Assistant Professor of German
Ph.D., Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania
B-263 Wells Hall
Matthew Handelman is an Assistant Professor of German and a member of the Core Faculty in the Digital Humanities at MSU. His research interests include German-Jewish literature and philosophy in the early twentieth century, the intersections of science, mathematics and culture in German-speaking countries, as well as the digital humanities and the history of technology. Matthew has published on these topics in international journals such as The Germanic Review, Scientia Poetica and The Leo Baeck Yearbook. He is currently finishing a manuscript called Negative Mathematics: German Jewish Intellectuals and the Origins of Critical Theory. It explores the underdeveloped possibilities of mathematics in critical theory, focusing on Gershom Scholem, Franz Rosenzweig, and Siegfried Kracauer. A second book project, which explores the relationship between necessity and narration in scientific and aesthetic thought after 1800, is also in the works.
Much of Matthew's research and teaching explores the relationship among critical theory, mathematical thinking, and the digital humanities. Along with MSU grads and undergrads, he has investigated these interests in MSU's Seminar in the Digital Humanities and through semester-long digitization projects, including "'The Poor Sinners Pamphlets'" and "Critical Comics." He has published on the intersection of translation theory and DH in the online journal TRANSIT. He also brings these interests to various digital projects, including the Graphic Narratives Network (underway at Michigan State University) and an ongoing project to design an online collaborative annotation platform for Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption.