Professor Kramnick's research and teaching is in eighteenth-century literature and philosophy, philosophical approaches to literature, and cognitive science and the arts. He is the author most recently of Actions and Objects, from Hobbes to Richardson (Stanford University Press, 2010). This book brings together his interests in questions of intention, mind, and material objects during the long eighteenth century. His previous publications include Making the English Canon: Print Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700-1770 (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and many articles on the literature, philosophy, and science of the long eighteenth century. His next book will be on the problem of consciousness.
He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cultural Analysis's 2009-2010 program on Evidence and Explanation in the Arts and Sciences and from 2006-2008 was the co-director of the CCA's program on Mind and Culture. Both projects were designed to investigate connections between the humanities and the sciences.
He is the recipient of fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the William Andrew Clark Memorial Library.