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Adrian Daub

Barbara D. Finberg Director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Adrian Daub is the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute, a position he began in 2019. A Stanford professor of comparative literature and German studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Daub also serves as director of the Andrew W. Mellon Program for Postdoctoral Studies in the Humanities. Previously, Daub has served as director of undergraduate studies for the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, director of German Studies, and director of the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Daub is the 11th director and the first man to lead the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

He writes about politics, literature, culture and universities for German newspapers and for Anglo-American outlets. Together with Laura Goode, he hosts the Clayman Institute’s podcast, The Feminist Present, which features weekly interviews with important feminist voices from across the world. His most recent bookThe Dynastic Imagination: Family and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Germany, offers an unexpected account of modern German intellectual history through frameworks of family and kinship. In 2020, he published What Tech Calls Thinking, an examination of the intellectual underpinnings of Silicon Valley and the tech industry.

His research focuses on the intersection of literature, music and philosophy, particularly in the nineteenth century. Daub’s book Uncivil Unions - The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism explores German philosophical theories of marriage from Kant to Nietzsche. His recent book, Tristan's Shadow - Sexuality and the Total Work of Art, deals with eroticism in German opera after Wagner. Four-Handed Monsters ties the practice of four-hand piano playing to ideologies about gender, labor, and the family in nineteenth-century Europe. In addition, he has published articles on opera, film, and poetry, as well as literature and scandal.  Together with Charles Kronengold he wrote The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism.

Daub began on the Stanford faculty in 2008, after earning a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a master’s there in 2004, and a bachelor’s from Swarthmore College in 2003. For more detail about his work and publications, visit

Former Directors

The Barbara D. Finberg Director, 2010-2019
The Barbara D. Finberg Director, 2004-2010
Acting Director, 2001-2004
The Barbara D. Finberg Director, 1997-2001
Director, 1990-1997
Deborah Rhode
Director, 1986-1990
Acting Director, 1985-1986
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Director, 1974-76 and 1979-84
Director, 1984-1985
Director, 1977-1979