Professor Lambert received a Ph.D. in 1995 in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory from University of California at Irvine under the direction of the late-French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Prior to this 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 graduate studies in French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1996, Lambert joined the Department of English at Syracuse University and was later appointed as Chair in 2005, before leaving the department in 2008 to become the founding director of The SU Humanities Center. Between 2008-2019, he also served as Principal Investigator of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a unique collaborative research network between Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, and the NY6 Liberal Arts Colleges in the CNY region. In 2014, he established the permanent endowment of the CNY Humanities Corridor program through a 3.55 million dollar matching award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will support the program through three permanent endowments housed at Cornell University, University of Rochester and Syracuse University.
The Humanities Corridor has been acknowledged as one of the most unique and successful collaborations of its kind and has served as a model for other regional consortia. In addition, Professor Lambert has directed several other major multi-institutional research and interdisciplinary initiatives, including the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures (with Cary Wolfe, Rice University), 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, Utrecht University Centre for Humanities, and the Treaty of Utrecht Foundation (the Netherlands). In 2013, he was elected as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.
Author of fifteen books and critical editions, and over eighty articles in peer reviewed journals and collected volumes, Professor Lambert is internationally renowned for his general writings on the contemporary Humanities, as well as his numerous scholarly writings on critical theory and philosophy, Baroque and Neo-Baroque cultural history, and; especially for his writings on French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida. He frequently lectures and teaches internationally and in 2013 was invited as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Ewha University, Seoul National University, and University of California at Irvine. In 2010-2011 he was appointed as the BK21 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Sungkyunkwan University, and is currenlyt an International Scholar at Kyung-Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.