Hassanaly Ladha is a philosopher, designer, and Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut. He teaches in the department of French and Francophone studies, where he specializes in the relation of architecture and philosophy. Born and raised in the Congo, Ladha holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Jacob Javits Fellowship and the Humanities Institute Fellowship at the University of Connecticut.
Ladha’s book, The Architecture of Freedom: Hegel, Subjectivity, and the Postcolonial State, explores Hegel's conception of architecture in relation to theories of language and knowledge. He has also written articles on architecture in Arabo-Islamic epistemology and on the relation between built form and the advent of the Italian sonnet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the critical theory journal October, the medieval studies journal Exemplaria, and Journal of Arabic Literature.
Ladha’s recent works include The Mamertine Group, a digital humanities project with an emphasis on monumental state architecture in the United States, Latin America, and Africa. His current projects include a book entitled . Ladha has lectured at the École Normale Supérieure, the American University of Cairo, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Harvard University, and the University of Connecticut.
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