Maya Kronfeld holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Her current book project, based on her dissertation, "Spontaneous Form: Four Studies in Consciousness and Philosophical Fiction," integrates literary studies with Kantian approaches to cognition. Her interests include English and French romanticism and modernism, philosophy of mind, and jazz studies. Her article, “‘Prufrock’ between Acquaintance and Description: Bertrand Russell and T.S. Eliot" is forthcoming in Philosophy and Literature.
Maya Kronfeld is also a professional pianist and teaches at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Her article, “The Philosopher’s Bass Drum: Adorno’s Jazz and the Politics of Rhythm” appears in Radical Philosophy, and her essay "Structures in the Moment: Rhythm Section Responsivity" is forthcoming in Jazz & Culture (special issue: "Jazz in the Present Tense," eds. Kimberly Hannon Teal, Fumi Okiji, Kwami Coleman, and Nate Sloan).
In fall 2021, she will teach the course “Ways of Knowing: Philosophy and Literature," in spring 2022, she plans to co-teach in the Humanities Sequence "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture from the Renaissance to the Modern Period: History, Philosophy, Religion, Literature and the Arts."