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Elliott Niblock

Doctoral Student


  • University of Montana: MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry (2014)
  • Harvard Divinity School: MTS in Philosophy of Religion (2012)
  • Macalester College: BA in History and Religious Studies (2009)


My dissertation deals with the work of Martin Buber and Walter Benjamin, focusing on their conceptions of history and time. More specifically, I’m interested in exploring parallels between Martin Buber's conception of temporality in I and Thou—specifically how ‘saying You' collapses our sense of linear time as a "fiction of the fixed lapse"—and the notion of Jetztzeit or 'Now-time' in Walter Benjamin's Theses on the Philosophy of History.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of History
  • History of Religion
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Poetry and Religion


  • Teaching Assistant, University of Montana, 2012 - 2014
    • Fall 2012: Writing 101: Introduction to Composition
    • Spring 2013: Writing 101: Introduction to Composition
    • Fall 2013: Creative Writing 211: Poetry Composition
    • Spring 2014: Writing 101: Introduction to Composition
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia, 2019 - Present
    • Spring 2019: Religion in American Life and Thought from 1865 to the Present
    • Fall 2019: Tibetan Buddhism
    • Spring 2020: "Spiritual But Not Religious": Spirituality in America
  • Writing Tutor, University of Virginia, Writing Center, 2019 - Present
  • Academic Tutor, Gold Signature Writers, 2020 - Present


  • “Prayer to the Reader” and “December: Solstice” in The American Literary Review, Spring 2017. Available Online.
  • “At Sylvan Beach 23 Miles From My Grandmother, Dying in a Hospital Bed” “Sarah Palin Endorsing Donald Trump” and “Vitals” in Prick of the Spindle, Issue 11, December 2016.