Evan Parks, a returning faculty member, is a PhD candidate in the department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University, where he researches modern German literature and German-Jewish intellectual history. His thesis explores the encounter between several prominent 20th century thinkers and the postwar poetry of Paul Celan. He was Bronfman Faculty in 2019 and facilitated Bronfman alumni trips to Germany in conjunction with Germany Close Up in 2015 and 2018. He is a preceptor for Literature Humanities in Columbia University’s Core Curriculum and a 2020-21 fellow with the Leo Baeck Institute London. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Evan was a Bronfman Fellow in 2005. Evan lives in Manhattan with his partner Eliana and daughter Selah.