Nima Bassiri

Nima Bassiri

Assistant Professor of Literature

External address: 
101 Friedl, 1316 Campus Drive, Campus Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
101 Friedl, 1316 Campus Drive, Box 90270, Durham, NC 27708

I am an intellectual historian of the human sciences and currently an assistant professor at Duke University, where I teach in the Program in Literature, Duke’s interdisciplinary humanities, cultural studies, and critical theory department.

More information can be found here:


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 2010
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley 2003

Bassiri, N., and David Bates, editors. Plasticity and Pathology: On the Formation of the Neural Subject. Fordham University Press, 2016.

Bassiri, N. R. “Epileptic Insanity and Personal Identity: John Hughlings Jackson and the Formations of the Neuropathic Self.” Plasticity and Pathology On the Formation of the Neural Subject, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Bassiri, N. R. “Who Are We, Then, If We Are Indeed Our Brains? Reconsidering a Critical Approach to Neuroscience.” Neuroscience and Critique Exploring the Limits of the Neurological Turn, Routledge, 2015.

BASSIRI, N. I. M. A. “WHAT KIND OF HISTORY IS THE HISTORY OF THE SELF? NEW PERSPECTIVES FROM THE HISTORY OF MIND AND BRAIN MEDICINE.” Modern Intellectual History, vol. 16, no. 02, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Aug. 2019, pp. 653–65. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s1479244317000403. Full Text

Bassiri, Nima. “Freud and the Matter of the Brain: On the Rearrangements of Neuropsychoanalysis.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 40, no. 1, University of Chicago Press, Sept. 2013, pp. 83–108. Crossref, doi:10.1086/673227. Full Text

Bassiri, Nima. “The Brain and the Unconscious Soul in Eighteenth-Century Nervous Physiology: Robert Whytt’s Sensorium Commune.” Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 74, no. 3, Project Muse, 2013, pp. 425–48. Crossref, doi:10.1353/jhi.2013.0019. Full Text

Bassiri, Nima. “Material translations in the Cartesian brain.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, vol. 43, no. 1, Elsevier BV, Mar. 2012, pp. 244–55. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.shpsc.2011.10.017. Full Text

Hodson, Richard, et al. The brain. NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, 25 July 2019.