Cosima Mattner is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow at Columbia University’s German Department. She works on transatlantic literary history and theory, with a focus on contemporary and 20th century criticism in the US and Germany. Her dissertation is a comparative study of Hannah Arendt’s and Susan Sontag’s criticisms.
Before joining Columbia, Cosima completed her BA degree in German literature and philosophy at Göttingen University with a quantitative study of Kafka’s diaries for which she won the Digital Humanities Young Scholar Award. A Studienstiftung- and Cusanus fellow, she has worked as a research and editorial assistant and in cultural management in Göttingen, at WashU (St Louis) and in NYC. Apart from academic writing, Cosima publishes essayistic work and translations.