Michael Gubser

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Fields and specialties
European intellectual history; history of international development

Teaching areas
Intellectual history, Central and Eastern Europe, international development

Research interests
European intellectual history, phenomenology, international development

The Far Reaches: Phenomenology, Ethics, and Social Renewal in Central Europe. Palo Alto: Stanford Press, 2014.
Time's Visible Surface: Alois Riegl and the Discourse on History and Temporality in fin-de-siècle Vienna.  In the series: Kritik: German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.  Wayne State Press: Detroit, January 2006.

Edited Books

The Practice of International Development.  Co-edited with Jerrold Keilson.  New York: Routledge, 2018.

 Current Book Project

 “Leaving the Past Behind: History and Ahistoricism in International Development Theory and Practice”



John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship - 2021-2022

Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society - 2021

Ryskamp Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies - 2011-2012


Selected Articles

“Early Phenomenology in Central and Eastern Europe.”  Studia Phaenomenologica.  2021.

“Phenomenology contra Nazism: Dietrich von Hildebrand and Aurel Kolnai.”  Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica 20: 1 (2019): 115-132. 

 “Riegl, Phenomenology, and the Ethic of Attention.”  Umění [Art] LXVI (2018), 146-157.  [Czech Republic]

“The Walls of Kano: USAID Education Programming in North Nigeria and the Problem of Sustainability.” In Gubser and Keilson, eds. The Practice of International Development. New York: Routledge, 95-128.
“The Presentist Bias: Ahistoricism, Equity, and International Development in the 1970s.”  Journal of Development Studies 48 (2012): 1-14.
“The Terror and the Hope: Jan Patočka’s Transcendence to the World.”  Schutzian Research 3 (2011): 185-202.

“A True and Better ‘I’: Husserl’s Call for Worldly Renewal.”  Analecta Husserliana 110: Part II (2011): 579-98.
“The View from Le Château: USAID’s Recent Decentralization Programming in Uganda.”  Development Policy Review 29:1 (January 2011), 23-46.
“Rhythm in the Thought of Alois Riegl and his Contemporaries.”  In Alois Riegl Revisited: Beiträge zu Werk und Rezeption.  Vienna: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2010: 89-99.
“Franz Brentano’s Ethics of Social Renewal.”  Philosophical Forum 40: 3 (Fall 2009): 339-366.
“A Cozy Little World: Reflections on Context in Austrian Intellectual History.”  Austrian History Yearbook XL (2009): 202-214.
“Time and History in Alois Riegl’s Theory of Art.” Journal of the History of Ideas 66: 3 (Fall 2005): 451-74.



"Democracy in Peril?" Speaker Series (Chair, Coordinating Committee) 

Personnel Advisory Committee Chair


For Dr. Gubser's musical activities, see https://www.mikegubser.com/


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