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Michael Mango

Graduate Student Affiliate


Michael Mango

Michael Mango is a Ph.D. candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. He studies modern European intellectual history, with a particular interest in the intersection of philosophy and religious thought in twentieth-century Germany and France. In his dissertation, he examines the widespread fascination with the body and nature in the interwar period by attending to some of the lesser-known moments in Walter Benjamin’s intellectual itinerary, including his encounters with Pierre Klossowski and Georges Bataille.

Mango is especially interested in the extent to which this fascination, though often associated with radical conservative and fascist figures, was also shared by some on the left, as well as in the prominent role that religion played in the efforts of many interwar thinkers to reflect on these themes.

Mango holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Ph.D. Student in Philosophy of Religion, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University


  • Religion
  • Modern European
  • Intellectual History