Jeffrey Champlin received his Ph.D. from New York University and teaches literature at the Barenboim-Said Akademie. Prior to this appointment, he taught at NYU, Middlebury College, and Bard College. He has a wide range of experience in international education, including a number of years as head of the Literature and Society program at Bard College's Bachelor of Arts partnership with Al-Quds University in the West Bank.
His teaching and research focuses on connections between literature, the fine arts, philosophy, and political theory. His book, The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues (Northwestern University Press, 2015), turns to Goethe, Schiller, and Kleist for surprising responses to political violence from voices on the margins of society. Champlin has also published articles such authors as Sophocles, Hegel, Kafka, and Hannah Arendt.