Professor Hamilton first came to Harvard in 2001. He has held teaching positions in Comparative Literature and German at New York University, with visiting professorships in Classics at the University of California-Santa Cruz and at Bristol University’s Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition. Since 1995, he has been actively involved with the Leibniz-Kreis, a working group directed by Glenn Most and originally based in Heidelberg, which is devoted to the “Afterlife of Antiquity.” In 2005 – 06 he was a resident fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; and has enjoyed subsequent fellowships at Berlin's Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung. Together with Eckart Goebel and Paul Fleming, he serves as an editor of the “Manhattan Manuscripts” series, published in Germany by the Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen. With Almut-Barbara Renger and Jon Solomon, he co-runs a series at Brill: "Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity."
Hamilton teaches and publishes primarily on topics in 18th - 20th-century German and French literature, the Greco-Roman Classical Tradition, Music and Literature, and critical theory. Books include: Soliciting Darkness: Pindar, Obscurity, and the Classical Tradition (2004); Music, Madness, and the Unworking of Language (2008); Security: Politics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care (2013); and Philology of the Flesh (2018).