Professor Kuiken joined the faculty at the University at Albany in 2008. His areas of research include Romantic Literature and Culture, Romantic moral and political philosophy, and contemporary political and aesthetic theory. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Adrift on the Earth: The Caribbean, Romanticism and Geo-Poetics which examines shifting conceptions of the Earth and ecology in the nineteenth century through the lens of contemporary Caribbean writing, locating a “geo-poetics” that extends from the nineteenth century to the present— the era of the Anthropocene.
Imagined Sovereignties: Toward a New Political Romanticism (Fordham University Press, 2014)
Haiti's Literary Legacies: Romanticism and the Unthinkable Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2022)
Interview with Kir Kuiken and Deborah Elise White on Haiti’s Literary Legacies: Romanticism and the Unthinkable Revolution on Conversations in Atlantic Theory with John E. Drabinski, April 19, 2022
“Günderrode’s Earth: on the Political Ecology of ‘Life,’ European Romantic Review 34.3, (2023): 369-376.
"Hölderlin's Earth" in special issue on "Romanticism and Political Ecology," Romantic Praxis (forthcoming)
"Introduction to Romanticism and Political Ecology," Romantic Praxis (forthcoming).
"Unavowed Community in Kleist's Betrothal in San Domingo," Haiti's Literary Legacies: Romanticism and the Unthinkable Revolution: New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2022, 117-39. Winner of the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s Essay Award, 2022.
“Impasse, Promise, and Impossible Community: Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas and Blanchot’s Community of Lovers,” Comparative Literature, 72.2 (2020): 128-143.
“Bio-Inscriptionality: The Eternal Return and Reproduction in Derrida’s Life/Death Seminar,” Biotheory: Life and Death After Capitalism, Routledge Press, 2020, 63-79.
“Bidding up on the Question of Sovereignty: Derrida Between Kant and Benjamin,” Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida’s Seminar and the New Abolitionism, New York: Fordham University Press 2018, 119-138.
“Eclipse of the Gaze: Nancy, Community and the Death of the Other”: Dead Theory: Derrida, Death and the Afterlife of Theory, New York: Bloomsbury Press 2016, 173-190.