Tomasz Kurianowicz, born 1983 in Bremerhaven, studied German Literature and Musicology at Freie Universität Berlin and Universität Zürich. After graduading in 2010 with a master thesis on Robert Musil's "Man without qualities," he worked as a critic for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung," focusing on literature and music. In addition, he worked on a PhD project in Germany.
His studies brought him in 2012 to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he graduaded in 2013 with a "Master of Arts" in German Studies. In the same year, he transfered to Columbia University, persuing a PhD in German literature. He is interested in the problems of global capialism, "poetologies of knowledge" and the question how concepts of mortality have changed since modernity has become a common global condition, focusing on European literature of the 18th and 19th century.
Tomasz Kurianowiczis a member of Professor Joseph Vogl's PhD-network "Das Wissen der Literatur" at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Besides his studies, he works as a freelance critic, essayist and culture correspondent from New York City for the newspapers "Neue Zürcher Zeitung," "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung," "Der Tagesspiegel," and "Die Zeit."