Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, in New York City, where he teaches film history, theory, and criticism and also serves as the director of Screen Studies. He holds a joint appointment in the multi-disciplinary M.A. program in Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. The author, most recently, of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which the New York Times hailed as “a page turner of a biography” and the Huffington Post selected among its Best Film Books of 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 is the book review editor at Film Quarterly magazine, and is currently finishing a new book, We’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, to be published in 2017 by W.W. Norton in the U.S. and by Faber & Faber in the U.K. His introduction to the reissue of Vicki Baum’s bestselling novel of 1929 Grand Hotel is due out from New York Review of Books Classics in June 2016. In support of his work, he has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Austrian Fulbright Commission, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, among others. He is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and, most recently, was awarded a 2015-2016 NEH Public Scholar research grant. His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Bookforum, The Nation, Paris Review Daily, Times Literary Supplement, Wall Street Journal, Film Quarterly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Film Comment, The Criterion Collection, Cinema Journal, Moving Image Source, Vertigo, New German Critique, Raritan, Dissent, Partisan Review, Salmagundi, The Threepenny Review, The 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. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania (fall 2005) and at Dartmouth College (summer 2013 and 2014), where he spent summer 2015 as a visiting scholar at The Leslie Center for Humanities. 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 stints—studying, teaching, writing—in Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Stockholm. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Melanie Rehak, and their two sons.