Susan Bernstein works in German, French and English and American literature of the 18th-20th centuries. She has particular interests in literary theory, literature and the arts, Romanticism, philosophy and poetry. Bernstein received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, her B.A. from Yale and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. She has published articles on Nietzsche, Kant, Heine, Shelley and others; her book Virtuosity of the Nineteenth Century: Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt and Baudelaire was published by Stanford University Press in 1998. She is also the author of Housing Problems: Writing and Architecture in Goethe, Walpole, Freud and Heidegger , also published by Stanford in 2008. She began teaching at Brown in 1989.