Austen Hinkley


Austen Hinkley is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. His work focuses on German philosophy, poetics, literature, and aesthetics from the Enlightenment to the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on the period around 1800. Austen graduated from Bard College with a BA in Literature and Philosophy in 2016. Austen’s dissertation, titled Alkahest: On Wit's Formations and Deformations in German Letters focuses on the role of the word Witz in German letters.

Austen has taught four courses for the Department of German during his time at Princeton, including GER 324 - Topics in Germanic Literatures: Waldeinsamkeit, an upper-level German language seminar which he co-designed and co-taught with Professor Nikolaus Wegmann with support from Princeton’s Collaborative Teaching Initiative (CTI).

During the 2021-2022 academic year, Austen was a Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Graduate Fellow. He will hold the Dean’s Completion Fellowship in Fall 2022.