Professor Lambert received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with Emphasis in Critical Theory from University of California at Irvine in 1995, completing his dissertation under the direction of the late-French philosopher Jacques Derrida and literary theorist Gabriele Schwab. Prior to entering the program at UC Irvine, between 1984 and 1987 he was a fellow in the Center for Hermeneutic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, where he completed a Masters program in Theology and Literature, and also completed graduate studies in French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1996, Professor Lambert joined the Department of English at Syracuse University in upper New York state and was later appointed as Chair between 2005 and 2008. Currently, he holds the research appointment of Dean's Professor of the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he has also served as the founding director of The SU Humanities Center and Principal Investigator of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a collaborative research network between Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University of Rochester funded by a two-million dollar award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2007.
Author of 12 books and critical editions, and well over 50 articles in journals and collections, professor Lambert is internationally renowned for his scholarly writings on critical theory and film, the contemporary university, Baroque and Neo-Baroque cultural history, and; especially for his work on the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida. He has lectured internationally and was recently invited as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Ewha University, Seoul National University, and in 2010 was appointed as the BK21 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.
He has also served as a principal investigator of several other major multi-institutional research and interdisciplinary initiatives in addition to the Humanities Corridor Project, including the Trans-Disciplinary Media Studio (with SU School of Architecture) and The Perpetual Peace Project, a multi-lateral curatorial initiative partnered with Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), the European Union National Institutes of Culture, the International Peace Institute, and the United Nations University, and University of Utrecht (the Netherlands). Beginning in 2013, he was elected to the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.