About the Director
Director Christopher Braider
Professor and Director Christopher Braider received a B.A. in French and English and a Ph.D. in French from Trinity College, Dublin. He specializes in 17th-century French literature, interart problems in early modern Europe, the history of philosophy, and literary theory.
He is the author of “Refiguring the Real: Picture and Modernity in Word and Image, 1400-1700″ (1993), “Indiscernible Counterparts: The Invention of the Text in French Classical Drama” (2002), and “Baroque Self-Invention and Historical Truth: Hercules at the Crossroads” (2004). He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his most recent book, “The Matter of Mind: Reason and Experience in the Age of Descartes,” due out this fall with the University of Toronto Press.
He is currently working on two new book projects, Giving up the Ghost: The Experimental Method in the Humanities and Persons and Portraits: Experimental Selves in Early Modern Europe. He came to the University of Colorado in 1992, and from 1994 to 2001 he was chair of the Department of French and Italian.
He has also served as chair of the Department of Comparative Literature and Humanities, on the board of the American Comparative Literature Association, and as acting director of the CU Center for Humanities and the Arts.
Winner of a Boulder Faculty Assembly Prize for Excellence in Service, he was named director of the Journalism and Mass Communication program in July 2011.