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B.A., Philosophy, Columbia University, 1996
M.A., Aesthetics and Ethics, Philosophy, Columbia University, 1997
M.A., Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center, 2003
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center, 2009
Christopher Trogan’s training is in philosophy and comparative literature, and his teaching and scholarship focuses on aesthetics and ethics, particularly the relationship between the two in fiction and the visual arts. His doctoral dissertation, Freedom Turned Against Itself: Studies in the Literature of Suicide, focused on literary and philosophical treatments of suicide from antiquity to the 20th century. In addition to his publications in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Thought, and Existenz, he has presented at conferences on topics such as the ethical implications of Mark Rothko’s late work at the 2018 International Conference on the Image (Hong Kong) and on ethical transgression in Pasolini’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom at the 2020 International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities (Venice). He is the recipient of the 2011 Gallatin Excellence in Teaching Award and is currently working on a book about ethical paradox in philosophy and literature.
Teaching/research/writing disciplines are: philosophy comparative literature film visual arts art history and criticism
In the November 2018 issue of Humanities Journal, Christopher Trogan had published “Suicide and Social Freedom in Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’”.
In November 2018, Christopher Trogan presented “Evaluating Attitudes: An Inquiry into Ethical Attitudes in the Work of Mark Rothko” at the Ninth International Conference on the Image, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, SAR.