Jacques Lezra is Professor of Comparative Literature, English, German, and Spanish and Portuguese, and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature. Before joining the faculty at NYU, he held appointments at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Yale University and Harvard University, after receiving his PhD from Yale in 1990. Jacques Lezra’s areas of specialization are comparative literature and literary theory, Shakespeare, and the literary and visual culture of Early Modern Europe. Especially his historical expertise on early developments of globalization in early modern Europe, as well as his recent work on contemporary political philosophy and materialism are highly relevant to Terra Critica (esp. Wild Materialism: The Ethic of Terror and the Modern Republic. Fordham, 2010; Unspeakable Subjects: The Genealogy of the Event in Early Modern Europe. Stanford UP, 1997).