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Director of Graduate Studies
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Director of Graduate Studies

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Fields and specialties: European intellectual history; history of international development; Central and East European history


  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship - 2021-2022
  • Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society - 2021
  • Ryskamp Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies - 2011-2012 



  • Their Future: A History of Ahistoricism in International Development Theory and Practice (forthcoming with Yale University Press, 2024) 
  • 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.  Wayne State Press: Detroit, January 2006.


Edited Books

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


Selected Articles

  • “Zambia’s Missing Narrative of Structural Adjustment.” Forthcoming in the Zambia Social Science Journal.  Special Issue Marking the Passing of Kenneth Kaunda. 
  • “Political Phenomenology in the Interwar Period.” Book Chapter in Key Thinkers of Political Phenomenology, eds. Sophie Loidolt, Gerhard Thonhauser, Nils Baratella, Steffen Herrmann and Tobias Matzner.  Forthcoming with Routledge. 
  • “Phenomenological Perspectives on Solidarity in East-Central Europe” in European Solidarity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Francesca Tava. Forthcoming with European Consortium for Political Research Press. 
  • “Early Phenomenology in Central and Eastern Europe.”  Studia Phaenomenologica.  2021.
  • “Phenomenology contra Nazism: Dietrich von Hildebrand and Aurel Kolnai.”  Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica20: 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.”  InAlois 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.

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

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