Kristin Gjesdal is Professorial Fellow (Professor II) at IFIKK. She is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, Philadelphia. In her work, she covers the areas of phenomenology and hermeneutics, enlightenment, romanticism, idealism, and aesthetics. She also works on tragedy and philosophy of theater and has published a number of articles on Sophocles, Shakespeare, Ibsen, and modern literature.
Kristin Gjesdal holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Oslo. She has been a visiting scholar at the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, and Columbia University and a post-doctoral Fulbright Fellow at the University of Chicago. She has also had a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Germany. In 2014, she was awarded The Eleanor Hofkin Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Alumni Board at the College of Liberal Arts at Temple. She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Kristin Gjesdal has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters and is the author of Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism (Cambridge 2009) and Herder's Hermeneutics: History, Poetry, Enlightenment (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). She is the editor of Key Debates in Nineteenth-Century European Philosophy (Routledge, 2016) and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford University Press), and the co-editor of the forthcoming The Oxford Handbook of German Philosophy in the 19th Century (with Michael Forster), the Cambridge Companion to Hermeneutics (with Michael Forster), and Women Philosophers in the Long Nineteenth-Century: The German Tradition (with Dalia Nassar; Oxford University Press). Kristin Gjesdal is an area editor of nineteenth-century philosophy for The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and on the Editorial Boards of The European Journal of Philosophy, Kritikk & Klasse, and Cultura della Modernità (Book series with the Italian publishing house Edizioni ETS).
In a Norwegian context, Kristin Gjesdal is co-editor of the journal Agora. She has published a number of articles and book chapters, been the co-editor of KritikkJournalen, a board member for Samtiden, and edited two book series, Pax Palimpsest and Litteraer Palimpsest (with Mari Lending).