Born in London, England in 1971, Robert Lemon earned his BA at the University of Oxford, and his MA and PhD (all in German) at Harvard.
He joined the University of Oklahoma in 2005 and has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics since 2012.
In 2010 Lemon received the Max Kade Prize for the best article in the journal Modern Austrian Literature. Published in 2011, his book Imperial Messages: Orientalism as Self-Critique in the Habsburg Fin de Siècle, considers works of orientalist fiction by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Robert Musil, and Franz Kafka.
Lemon’s current book project examines issues associated with ethnography and ethnology in the works of Kafka. In 2018/2019 he received a grant from the University of Oklahoma’s Humanities Forum to support this research, as well as a new translation/adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial for the stage, which will be performed by students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Drama in November 2019. (2019)