Diba Shokri

PhD Student

Diba Shokri is a comparatist and a psychologist. Her dissertation investigates the relationship between literary studies and psychology within the history of Germanistik from the 1880s to 1920s: How, for what purposes and with what effects was “psychologism” mobilized as a suspicion, and what traces did it leave in the scholarly language of present-day literary studies? Neighboring fields of interest include literary history and historiography, the history of psychology (especially the Würzburg school), theories of the humanities (Geisteswissenschaften), the history of the university and questions of canon. From 2020 to 2022, Diba is a doctoral fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL) in Berlin. She also writes for the Geman Feuilleton (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Before coming to Princeton in 2015, Diba read Comparative Literature, Psychology and Sociology in Munich and Oxford. 


Psychologismus. Geschichte eines Verdachts im literarischen Feld des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts

Devin Fore, Nacim Ghanbari