Christoph Cox is the new dean of the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts is renowned for its broad view of liberal arts education, encouraging undergraduate students to pursue their intellectual curiosity while addressing contemporary issues with a view to creating critical change in the world. Christoph Cox was recently named Dean of Eugene Lang College at a pivotal time for Lang and the university as the college continues to evolve, innovate, and advance its tradition of progressive education through intellectual and artistic inquiry.
A philosopher, critic, and curator of visual and sound art, Cox has more than 25 years of experience working in progressive liberal arts institutions dedicated to student-led, interdisciplinary education. He will work to expand the diverse and engaged learning experiences offered at Lang and the college’s focus on social justice issues to prepare students to respond and succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. Cox will officially join Lang on August 1, 2022.
“As we continue to dedicate ourselves to a truly student-centred curriculum, we were looking for a leader with a clear and compelling vision for humanities, scholarly exploration and excellence in transdisciplinary education and a strong commitment to create an inclusive teaching and learning environment,” said Renée T. White, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at The New School, in a press release. “Christoph brings these attributes and more. He has the background, skills, and innovative approach to take Eugene Lang College to the next level of excellence, and I look forward to a collaborative partnership in the years to come.
Most recently, Cox served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Hampshire College. He has also taught and served on the graduate committee of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Prior to joining Hampshire College, he was William Rainey Harper Instructor in Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Chicago and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College.
“I am extremely pleased to join Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts as Dean,” said Cox. “I have such respect and admiration for Lang’s faculty, his innovative and rigorous curriculum, and his commitment to social justice. In my view, Lang exemplifies what liberal arts education should be in the 21st century: interdisciplinary, experimental, progressive, and geared toward solving the compelling global issues of our time. I am drawn to Lang’s wonderfully creative and engaged students and look forward to partnering with faculty and staff to develop the next generation of leaders ready to meet the needs and challenges of an ever-changing world.
Cox succeeds Jennifer Wilson, who ends her term as dean of Lang on July 31, 2022. After a sabbatical, Wilson will return to teaching and research in mathematics in Lang’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
“Christoph is an accomplished scholar, administrator, and dedicated teacher, and his love for Eugene Lang College was evident throughout the selection process,” Wilson said in a press release. “He brings a fresh perspective on the transformative potential of a liberal arts education, and his leadership will help move the college forward as it continues to innovate and evolve learning opportunities, resources and community that are essential for students to realize their potential as agents of change.
Cox teaches and writes on contemporary European philosophy, cultural theory and aesthetics. He is the author of Sonic Flux: sound, art and metaphysics (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and Nietzsche: naturalism and interpretation (University of California Press, 1999) and was co-editor of Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg, 2015) and Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004 and 2017). Cox is a recipient of a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writers Fellowship and is an editor at Cabinet magazine. His writings have been published in journals and magazines such as October, art forum, review of the history of philosophy, Threadthe Visual Culture Journal, Its organizedand the Review of Metaphysics.
In addition to working as a critic and theorist, Cox has curated numerous exhibitions at venues across the United States, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Kitchen, CONTEXT Art Miami, New Langton Arts, and G Fine Art Gallery. He has written essays for exhibition catalogs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Mass MoCA, South London Gallery, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oslo Kunstforening and other institutions.
Cox holds a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a B.A. in Culture and Modern Media from Brown University.