Ron Sadan

PhD Student
Princeton Graduate student in front of campus building

Ron Sadan is a PhD candidate in the Department of German. His dissertation looks at words and images acting together to inquire how ensembles of text and image can give rise to conceptual attitudes and interpretive moods. Specifically, it explores the cooperative relationship between the popular illustrated press and modernist writing strategies in literary culture during the Weimar Republic. In addition to his dissertation, Ron has worked on Erich Auerbach, the philosophy of symbolism, and historical theories of journalism. Since Fall 2021, he has been a volunteer with the Prison Teaching Initiative.

Fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), and the Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship have supported his work. He was a visiting scholar at the Interdisciplinary Research Group (SFB) “Cultures of Vigilance” at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich in 2021. For the academic year 2021-2022, Ron holds a fellowship with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and the Leo Baeck Institute. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis.


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