Noah Isenberg is Director of Screen Studies and Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts, where he teaches film history, criticism, and literature; he holds a joint appointment in the Committee on Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. The author, most recently, of the critical biography Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), his other books include Detour (British Film Institute, 2008) and, as editor, Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Columbia, 2009), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He serves as book review editor of Film Quarterly magazine, and is currently writing a new book, Everybody Comes to Rick’s: How ‘Casablanca’ Taught Us to Love Movies, to be published by W.W. Norton in the US and by Faber & Faber in the UK. In support of his work, he has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, among others. His writing has appeared in such diverse venues as Bookforum, Moving Image Source, Los Angeles Review of Books, Film Quarterly, Vertigo, The Criterion Collection, Film Comment, Cinema Journal, New German Critique, Raritan, Partisan Review, Salmagundi, Threepenny Review, Lingua Franca, The Nation, the TLS, Wall Street Journal, New Republic and the New York Times.
Based at the New School since 2004, prior to that, from 1995 to 2004, he taught German and film studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in European history, 1989), he holds advanced degrees from the University of Washington (M.A. in German literature, 1991) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D. in German studies, 1995). He has spent extended periods of time—studying, teaching, writing—in Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Stockholm. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Melanie Rehak, and their two sons.