Joseph Cermatori is a writer, editor, critic, translator, and historian. He teaches and publishes in the fields of comparative literature, modern and contemporary drama, performance studies, and critical theory. In addition to his primary research interest in twentieth-century modernism, his scholarship encompasses the broad history of art and ideas in Western culture from 1600 to the present, focusing on the philosophical content of artistic and creative forms.
Currently he is associate professor of English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he is affiliated with the department of theater and the program in gender studies. He previously taught at The New School in New York City as part of its liberal arts faculty (2013–16). Since 2016, he has been a contributing editor to the downtown arts magazine PAJ, where he has written regularly for over a decade. He contributes widely to field journals and public discussions on the arts, with recent work appearing in PMLA, Salmagundi, The Village Voice, and The New York Times.