On Sept. 1, 2019, Adrian Daub begins his term as the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute. A Stanford professor of comparative literature and German studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Daub has been Stanford’s director of the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies since 2016. He returns to the Clayman Institute in a leadership position after an appointment as a faculty research fellow in the 2018 academic year. Daub has served as director of undergraduate studies for the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, director of German Studies, and is the current director of the Andrew W. Mellon Program for Postdoctoral Studies in the Humanities. He is the Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Scholar in the Humanities, and recently received a Dean’s Award for Achievements in Teaching. With this appointment, Daub becomes the 11th director and the first man to lead the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
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, poetry, as well as literature and scandal. He writes on popular culture, technology and politics for national and international publications. 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.