Alex Beatty joined the German Department in Fall of 2023. He is a writer, translator, and researcher with a particular interest in Romantische Naturphilosophie, 19th century literature, and Umwelt theory. His translations include The Stone of Werder, a novella by the Baltic-German theoretical biologist Jakob von Uexküll, and numerous essays in the fields of ethology and zoo ecology, supported by an Australian Discovery Grant. His current research focuses on the history of Biosemiotics and the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School.
In 2019, he graduated from Bard College with degrees in Written Arts and German Studies. Since then, he has worked as a translator and research assistant for Dr. Matthew Chrulew of Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Several of his translations of Johannes Kepler have also appeared in a historical novel by Rivka Galchen, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch.