Edward Baring (Ph.D. Harvard University) is a historian of modern Europe, specializing in twentieth-century intellectual history. Studying intellectual history at a local level, Baring investigates the institutions, pedagogical practices, and social groupings that structured academic life in Paris in the second half of the twentieth century. Professor Baring is currently finishing his book manuscript, The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945-1968 (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, Ideas in Context series) and is co-editing a volume provisionally entitled Derrida and the Abrahamic Tradition. He is the author of several articles, including “Liberalism and the Algerian War: The Case of Jacques Derrida,” Critical Inquiry (Winter 2010). His work has been funded by the ACLS and Mellon Foundation and he received the Harvard History Department’s Harold K. Gross prize in 2010.
At the Undergraduate level, Edward Baring teaches the history of modern Europe, with an emphasis on France and the Europe wide events of the 1960s. He offers courses for graduates in Modern European Intellectual History, following developments in philosophy, the humanities, and the social sciences as well as examining the intellectuals who contributed to academic discussion from the Enlightenment to the present.