Costica Bradatan is Associate Professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University’s John S Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines (2003-2004)and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Miami University's Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies (2004-2006). In 2009-2010 Bradatan held a Solmsen Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities, in Fall 2012 he was a Distinguished Guest Fellow at Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and in Spring 2013 a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research. Bradatan received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Durham (UK) in 2004. He also holds degrees from the University of Bucharest (BA, 1997 and MA, 1998).
Over the last decade Bradatan has also received grants from, or held visiting appointments at, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Italy), Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), University of Texas-Austin, the Newberry Library (Chicago), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington DC), Bogliasco Foundation (Genoa, Italy) and the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught, in various capacities, at universities in Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania) and Asia (India and Turkey).
Bradatan’s areas of expertise and teaching include history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of literature and philosophy of film, with a special emphasis on the performative aspects of philosophizing (“philosophy as a way of life,” “self-creation,” “dying for an idea”), the literariness of philosophical texts, as well as the role played by the religious, cultural and intellectual contexts in their production.
Bradatan is the author or editor (co-editor) of seven books, most recently Philosophy, Society and The Cunning of History in Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2012), as well as of several dozens of scholarly papers, essays, encyclopedia entries, book translations and book reviews. He has also edited a number of volumes as special journal issues on such topics as sacrifice, marginality, mimesis and culture, philosophy as literature, and East-European philosophy. His work has been translated into several languages, including Chinese and Farsi.
Bradatan has also written book reviews, essays and op-eds for such publications as the New York Times, CNN.com (CNN Opinion), Dissent, Christian Science Monitor, The New Statesman, Los Angeles Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Australian, The Globe & Mail and other similar venues. He currently serves as the Religion/Comparative Studies Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.Webpage: http://www.webpages.ttu.edu/cbradata/