Robert E. Norton is a cultural and intellectual historian who specializes in European, and especially German, history and thought from the Enlightenment to the early twentieth century. His work ranges across a variety of disciplines, including moral philosophy, political theory, aesthetics, and literary history.
Norton is a Professor at the University of Notre Dame, where he holds appointments in the Departments of German, History, and Philosophy. He joined Notre Dame in 1998, having previously taught for nine years at Vassar College in New York. Norton has also been a guest professor at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and the University of Chicago.
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In 1997, Norton was awarded a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History awarded by the American Philosophical Society in 2003 for his book, Secret Germany. Stefan George and His Circle. His translation of Ernst Bertram's Nietzsche. Attempt at a Mythology was selected for the Ungar German Translation Award in 2011.
After obtaining a B.A. in German Language and Literature in 1982 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Norton received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and 1988. He also studied at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Freie Universität Berlin.