Alexander Brock

Adjunct Instructor

Alexander Brock is a current doctoral candidate at Princeton University. Having received his bachelor's in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, and his master's in French literature from the École normale supérieure in Paris, he is currently writing his dissertation on the theme of self-delusion in early modern comedy and philosophy. His interests also include classical reception, media theory, and psychoanalysis. Outside of the university, he has worked as assistant editor at Archipelago Books in Brooklyn.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.