Julia Ng is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literary Studies and German, with an emphasis on Critical Theory. She received her B.A. and M.A. in German and Comparative Literature from UCLA, and studied at the Humboldt and Freie Universities in Berlin before arriving at Northwestern. She has also studied at the University of Vienna and the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and worked as editor for a literary publisher and as freelance journalist in her hometown of Hong Kong. Her research interests include literary theory, continental philosophy, architectural and urban theory, the philosophy and history of mathematics, satirical and utopian literature, text and image relations, and political theologies. Together with Virgil Brower, she co-founded the Paul of Tarsus Reading Group at Northwestern. She is currently working on a dissertation entitled "The Politics of Geometry: Mathematics, Architecture and Literature in the Modern Age," which explores the geometrical foundations of the program for a perpetual peace prefaced in Descartes and developed in Kant and Benjamin. Currently a Fellow of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, she has also been a Fellow of the Paris Program in Critical Theory and an awardee of a DAAD scholarship for doctoral studies, and has published articles on contemporary architectural theory, Descartes' Geometrie, as well as several translations from German and French.
Comparative Literary Studies
German, French, English, Ancient Greek, Chinese