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. His monograph Unforced Flourishing: Understanding Jaan Kaplinski (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014) has been translated into Estonian (Tallinn: Varrak, 2016) and nominated for an award by the Estonian Cultural Endowment. 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

German and Estonian Cultural Studies

Research Projects

      1. Astonishing Simplicities: Jaan Kaplinski and His Contemporaries.