Cade Olmstead


Year Admitted: 2023


Cade graduated from the University of Vermont with an MA in English in 2023 and from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in philosophy and sociology in 2020. Previously, Cade was a visiting Fulbright researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the University of Ljubljana, where he wrote on Hegel’s logic and performance theory. His primary research interests are in the legacy of structuralism and rationalism, theories of abstraction, history of the human sciences, semiotics, psychoanalysis, historical epistemology, humanism, the gothic, and environmental humanities. He is especially interested in the historical trajectory of ‘philosophies of the concept’ versus ‘philosophies of life.’


Theory; Philosophy and literature; Intellectual history

Degree and Institution

MA, University of Vermont
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Selected Publications

Olmstead, Cade M. “In the Court of the Jester: On Comedy and Democracy.” In Demos vs. Polis?: Essays on Civic Responsibility and Participation, edited by James Griffith and Dagmar Kusá, Kritika & Kontext, 2019, pp. 142-147.