Noah Isenberg is Professor and Chair of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts, where he teaches film history, criticism, theory, and literature. He holds a joint appointment in the 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 recently hailed as “a page turner of a biography,” 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. Most recently, he was made a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities. His writing has appeared in such diverse publications 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 Times Literary Supplement, 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. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania (fall 2005) and at Dartmouth College (summer 2013 and 2014). 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 with his wife, Melanie Rehak, and their two sons.