Professor Lambert received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Critical Theory from University of California at Irvine under the direction of the late-French philosopher Jacques Derrida and literary theorist Gabriele Schwab. 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 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 and was later appointed as Chair in 2005, before leaving the department in 2008 to become the founding director of The SU Humanities Center. Since 2008, Lambert has also served as Lead Investigator and Director of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a collaborative research network between Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University of Rochester funded from three consecutive awards totaling over 5.5 million dollars by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Author of eleven books and critical editions, and well over fifty articles in journals and critical editions, 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.
In addition to the Humanities Corridor, he has also 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). Beginning in 2013, he was elected as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.