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Jeffrey L. High, Ph.D.

Professor of German StudiesJeffrey-High-250
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd. 
Long Beach, CA 90840 
Fax: 562 985-4259 | Office: AS-321

Research Interests

Professor High’s teaching and research focus on the “Age of Schiller” as well as literary, philosophical, and theoretical texts from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. His seminars – “Friedrich Schiller,” “The ‘German’ Novella from Boccaccio to Stephen King,” “Heinrich von Kleist,” and “Drama of the Late Enlightenment” – teach interdisciplinary approaches to the intersections of literature, philosophy, critical theory, and politics in German, European, and US culture.  Professor High has received numerous awards for teaching, service, and scholarship, and has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico German Summer School since 2001.


2001 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ph.D., Modern German Literature 
1990 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, M.A., Modern German Literature
1988 University of Massachusetts, Boston, B.A., German

Select Publications

Jeffrey L. High, Parallel Pursuits: Thomas Jefferson, Friedrich Schiller, and the Philosophy of Happiness (in progress)

Friedrich Schiller, “Die Jungfrau von Orleans,” in: The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary. Ed. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott and Janet Todd. The Literary Dictionary Company Limited. <> (2014 forthcoming)

Introduction: Kleist’s Legacies,” in: Jeffrey L. High and Sophia Clark, eds., Heinrich von Kleist: Artistic and Political Legacies (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2013) 17-22.

“‘Gehört allzuviel Güte, Leutseligkeit und grosse Freygebigkeit im engsten Verstande zur Tugend?’: Schiller, Socrates, and Secular Jesus,” in: Reading Schiller, Special Issue of Philosophical Readings, Laura Anna Macor, ed. (2013) 7-49.

Friedrich Schiller, Secular Virtue, and ‘The Gods of Ancient Greece,’” in: Christopher Nadon, ed., Secularism and the Enlightenment (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2013) 273-288.

Schiller, Freude, Kleist und Rache / On the German Freedom Ode,” in: Dieter Sevin and Christoph Zeller, eds., Heinrich von Kleist – Style and Concept: Explorations in Literary Dissonance (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013) 123-145.

“‘Judex!’ Blasphemy, and Posthumous Conversion: Schiller and (no) Religion,” Yearbook of the Goethe Society of North America, Rochester: Camden House, 2012.

Who is this Schiller (now)? Ed. Jeffrey L. High, Nicholas Martin, and Norbert Oellers. Rochester: Camden House, 2011.

Schillers Unabhängigkeitserklärungen: die niederländische Plakkaat van Verlatinge, der ‘amerikanische Krieg’ und die unzeitgemäße Rhetorik des Marquis Posa,” Jahrbuch der Deutschen Schillergesellschaft, Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2010: 80-108.

Schiller’s Literary Prose Works. New Translations and Critical Essays. Rochester: Camden House, 2008.

Schillers Rebellionskonzept und die Französische Revolution. New York: Edward Mellen Press, 2004.

Select Awards and Grants

2013 California State University Scholarly and Creative Activities Award

2011 CLA Dean’s Award of Recognition for Distinguished Service

2011 Full Professor Research Stipend

2008-10 CSULB Scholarly and Creative Activities Award

2006 CSULB CLA Faculty Recognition Award


Full Curriculum Vitae