Ph.D., Princeton University, 1985

Dr. h.c., University of Tartu, 2015

Thomas Salumets is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, past President of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), and former editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies (Routledge). At the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, he served as Chair of the Programme in Comparative Literature and, from 2006 to 2011, as Head of the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies. He has presented papers at conferences and given invited lectures on European literatures and cultural history in Estonia, Canada, Lithuania, Germany, Latvia, Finland, Norway, the United States, Hungary and Sweden. In 2015, Dr. Salumets was awarded the degree of  Honorary Doctor of Humanities of  the University of Tartu,  Estonia.


  • Thomas, Christian: “‘Der Verbrecher aus verlorener Ehre’ vor dem Hintergrund von Schillers früher Philosophie” (Germanic Studies)

Select Publications: Books, Editions, Special Issues 

Kujuneda Sunnita: Mõtestades Jaan Kaplinskit (Tallinn: Varrak, 2016).

Unforced Flourishing: Understanding Jaan Kaplinski (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014, e-Book 2014).

Mõju Mõnu [Pleasure of Influence]. (Tartu: University Press, 2014).

(Ed.) Norbert Elias and Human Interdependencies (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001, e-Book 2009).

(Ed.) F.M. Klinger. Geschichte eines Teutschen der neuesten Zeit. Werke. Historisch-kritische Gesamtausgabe. Volume XVII (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2007). Co-editor: Sander L. Gilman and Karl-Heinz Hartmann.

(Ed.) A Transatlantic Gathering. Essays in Honour of Peter Stenberg. (München: Iudicium, 2007). Co-editor: Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz.

(Ed.) Jaan Kaplinski. Kõik on Ime [Reverence for Life]. (Tartu: Ilmamaa, 2004, e-Book 2014).

(Ed.) F.M. Klinger. Giafar der Barmecide. Werke. Historisch-kritische Gesamtausgabe. Volume XIII (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2004). Co-editor: Sander L. Gilman and Karl-Heinz Hartmann.

(Ed.) Special Issue: Jaan Kross. Journal of Baltic Studies 31.3 (2000).

 (Ed.) Germanics Under Construction. With Joerg Roche (München: Iudicium, 1996).

Courses currently teaching

Winter 2016

CENS202 Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English). Sections

Major works of Central, Eastern and Northern European literature from the eighteenth century to the present in their European context.

Winter 2016

GERM301 German Literature 1900 - 1945 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of selected works against the background of literary, social, and political developments in twentieth-century Germany with special emphasis on plays and novels dealing with the First World War and Nazism.

Winter 2016

GERM302 German Literature after 1945 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of selected literary works from West, East, and the United Germany, as well as from Austria and Switzerland.

Winter 2016

GERM501B Literary Theories - LITERARY THEORY Sections

This course is taught in English.

18th-Century German Literature (Storm and Stress, F.M. Klinger)
Estonian Cultural Studies (Jaan Kaplinski, Jaan Kross, Sofi Oksanen, Arvo Pärt, Uku Masing)
Ecocriticism (Arne Naess, Gary Snyder)
Figurational Sociology (Norbert Elias)
Psychoanalytical Criticism (D.W. Winnicott, Takeo Doi)

Research Projects

        Astonishing Simplicities: Jaan Kaplinski and His Contemporaries.