Austen Hinkley teaches 18th-20th century German language literature and thought. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University’s Department of Comparative Literature in 2023. Austen’s work focuses on questions about the relationship between poetics and thought in the modern context. His research treats topics such as short forms, lyric poetry, the avant-garde, psychoanalysis, and epistemology. His dissertation, “Alkahest: Wit’s Formations and Deformations in German Letters” studies the poetics of the ambiguous and often controversial word Witz in short forms produced between the Enlightenment and the early 20th century. Austen has forthcoming and planned publications on the book of nature in G.C. Lichtenberg and gambling in Jean Paul.