James I. Porter is Chancellor’s Professor of Rhetoric. His teaching and research interests are in philosophy, aesthetics, literary and cultural criticism, theories of subjectivity, the history of philology, and the reception of antiquity as a marker of modernity. His most recent books are The Sublime in Antiquity and The Origins of Aesthetic Thought in Ancient Greece: Matter, Sensation, and Experience (both with Cambridge University Press). Earlier books include Nietzsche and the Philology of the Future and The Invention of Dionysus: An Essay on The Birth of Tragedy (both with Stanford University Press). He has edited several essay collections, most recently Time, History and Literature: Selected Essays of Erich Auerbach (Princeton).
Porter joined the Rhetoric Department in 2015. Prior to that he held positions in Classics and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.