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 and literary theorist Gabriele Schwab. Prior to this Lambert 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, he 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, he has also served as Principal Investigator and Director of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a regional collaborative research network between Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, and the NY6 Liberal Arts Consortium which has been generously supported by three consecutive awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation totaling over 5.5 million dollars.
In addition to the CNY Humanities Corridor, he 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 thirteen books and critical editions, and well over one hundred articles in journals and critical editions, 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 on the contemporary French philosophers Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francois Leotard and Jean-Luc Nancy. 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 in 2010 was appointed as the BK21 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.