Gregory Jones-Katz is an American intellectual and cultural historian. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, and is currently a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. Greg’s research and teaching interests include the history of philosophy, literature, literary criticism and theory, and higher education; the transatlantic flow of intellectual and cultural movements; and the philosophy of history, historiography, and the theory and practice of historical writing.



1. Deconstruction: An American Institution (The University of Chicago Press, September 2021)


Refereed Articles:

1. 2023   "Possessed by the 'New Spirit of Capitalism': The 'Subversiveness' of Theoretical Cognitive 

                Goods" Amerikastudien / American Studies (forthcoming)

2. 2022   "Challenging Humanism: Jews, Theory, and Yale During the Last Three Decades of the

               Twentieth Century," Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society (forthcoming)

3. 2022   "Theorizing and Practicing History as the Metabolization of the World: A Conversation with

               Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht," History and Theory, 61:1 (available Early View)

4. 2019    “(An Illustration of) Jacques Derrida at the Limits of the Historicist Chronotype,” Rethinking

                History: The Journal of Theory and Practice 23:4, 474-499

5. 2019    “Kicking the Philosophy Habit: Richard Rorty’s Clarion Call and the Cultural Politics of the

                 Academic Left,” Special Issue: Rorty and Paradigm Change in Philosophy, Analyse & Kritik: 

                 Zeitschrift für Sozialtheorie 41:1, 71-95

6. 2018    “’The Brides of Deconstruction and Criticism’ and the Transformation of Feminism in the

                 North American Academy,” Modern Intellectual History 17:2, 413-442

7. 2017    “XYZ, or, the ABCs of Deconstruction,” Raritan: A Quarterly Review 36:3, 54-70

8. 2017    “’I am two distinct beings’: Paul de Man’s Authenticating Project,” Special Issue:

                 Authenticity, Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice 21:2, 213-234  

                 (reprinted in Authenticity: Reading, Remembering, Performing. Edited by Patrick Finney.

                 Routledge, 2018)

9. 2015    “Constantly Contingent: An Interview with J. Hillis Miller,” Special Issue: Reading Hillis Miller

                 Reading Derrida, Derrida Today 8:1, 41-76 

10. 2010    “The Riddle of Paul de Man,” Intellectual History Review 20:2, 253-27 


Reviews and Essays:

1. 2022    "A Hymn to Technologized Being-in-Shenzhen/Wohlbehütet im Überwachungsstaat," 

                 Schweizer Monat: Die Autorenzeitschrift für Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur (Ausgabe 1094,

                  March, 10-13)

2. 2021    "Das chinesische Silicon Valley," 20 impulse für 2022, Philosophie Magazin, December

                 (25,000 print run)

3. 2021     "Schwindel der Gegenwart: Leben in Shenzhen,” Merkur: Deutsche Zeitschrift für

                  europäisches Denken, 75:5, 41-52

4. 2021    "American Theory," Merkur: Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken, 75:3,    


5. 2019    “Where is Deconstruction Today?; On Jacques Derrida’s Theory and Practice (The Seminars of
                 Jacques Derrida) and Byung-Chul Han’s Shanzhai: Deconstruction in Chinese,” Los Angeles 

                 Review of Books (May 8)

6. 2017    “Derrida’s Answers to Heidegger’s Question,” review of Heidegger: The Question of Being

                 and History (The Seminars of Jacques Derrida), by Jacques Derrida, H-France Review Vol. 17

                 (March), No. 59

7. 2017    Review of Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland: The Transatlantic Origins of

                American Democracy and Nationhood, by Armin Mattes, Register of the Kentucky Historical

                Society 115:2, 273-276

8. 2016    “Deconstruction: An American Tale,” Boston Review, September 30   

9. 2016    “Our Wasted Humanities: When Higher Education Valued Discovery,” The Chronicle Review,

                 B4-B5, April 18 

10. 2016    “Hexed Text: How Should We Study Deconstruction?,” The Chronicle Review, B17, January


11. 2014    Review of Presence: Philosophy, History, and Cultural Theory For the Twenty-First Century,

                 by Ranjan Ghosh, et al., History of European Ideas 40:7, 1006-1010

12. 2014    “The Idiosyncrasy of Intellectual History,” review of Intellectual History: 5 Questions, by

                 Mikkel Thorup, Morten Haugaard Jeppesen, and Frederik

                  Stjernfelt, Redescriptions.Yearbook of Political ThoughtConceptual History and      

                  Feminist     Theory 17:2, 240-244