• Profile:

    Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media and director of the Screen Studies B.A. program at Eugene Lang College. The author 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 awarded a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. His latest book is We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie, which was published by W.W. Norton in February 2017; it earned a spot on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and was selected as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review. A British edition will be published in November 2017 by Faber & Faber and a Hungarian edition will appear that same month from Európa. His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as The Nation, The New Republic, Bookforum, Paris Review Daily, New York Reveiw Daily, The Daily Beast, Times Literary Supplement, Wall Street Journal, Film Quarterly, the 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, and the New York Times. In 2015-2016, Isenberg received an NEH Public Scholar award, and he is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities. More info can be found at his personal website.

    Selection of courses taught:

    • The Screwball Comedy: Spring 2017
    • Berlin-New York-Hollywood: Spring 2017
    • Weimar Culture and Film Theory (GLIB/Lang): Fall 2016
    • Frankfurt School on Film (GLIB/Lang): Spring 2015
    • Casablanca: Movie, Legend, Lore: Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2017
    • Film Noir: Spring 2010, Spring 2014
    • The Past, Present, and Future of Cultural Criticism: Fall 2013
    • Kafka and His Critics (GLIB/Lang): Spring 2010, Spring 2013
    • Weimar Cinema: Fall 2011
    • Introduction to Screen Studies: Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2017
    • Film Criticism and Theory (GLIB/Lang): Spring 2012
    • The Road Movie: Spring 2012, Spring 2015, fall 2016

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, German Studies, University of California at Berkeley - 1995
    MA, German Literature, University of Washington - 1991
    BA, European History, University of Pennsylvania - 1989

    Professional Affiliations:

    • Book Review Editor, Film Quarterly
    • PEN American Center
    • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
    • German Studies Association
    • Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2005, Spring 2017), Dartmouth College (Summer 2013, Summer 2014, Summer 2016)
    • Visiting Scholar, The Leslie Center for Humanities, Dartmouth College (Summer 2015)

    Recent Publications:



    Recent Presentations and Exhibits


    • “‘Such Much?’ Casablanca, Hitler’s Refugees, and the Hollywood Screen,” Keynote Address, Exile and Shoah, University of Vermont, Burlington, 6 October 2015.

    • “Notes on Cinephilia,” The Future of the Past, University of California at Berkeley, 10-11 April 2015.

    • “Sammy Forever: The Enduring Appeal of Budd Schulberg’s What Makes Sammy Run,” Budd Schulberg at 100, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 6-7 November 2014.

    • “The Afterlives of Edgar G. Ulmer,” Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 3 March 2014 and Penn Cinema Studies Colloquium on 9 April 2014.

    • “Traces of a Viennese Youth,” Interdisciplinary Seminar in Cinema Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY, 24 October 2013.

    • “Young People Like Us: The Directorial Debut of Edgar G. Ulmer,” Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 26 April 20013.

    • “‘The Capra of PRC’: Edgar G. Ulmer’s Cycle of B-Pictures at Producers Releasing Corporation, 1942-46,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 21-25 March 2012.

    •    “Revisiting ‘The Decent German’: Siegfried Kracauer's Critique of Postwar German Film,” Clark University, Worcester, MA, 13 March 2012.

    •  “Siegfried Kracauer as American Freelance Critic,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 10-13 March 2011

    •  "Back in Black: The Place of Edgar G. Ulmer in the Pantheon of Film Noir," Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, 14 October 2009.

    •  Menschen am Sonntag  (People on Sunday, 1930) as Cinematic Feuilleton,” Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association, Washington, DC, 9-11 October 2009.

    • "This Pen for Hire: The American Criticism of Siegfried Kracauer," Looking after Siegfried Kracauer--An International Conference, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 7-8 November, 2008.

    • "An Ethnic Intermezzo: Edgar G. Ulmer’s Foray into Minority Cinema of the 1930s,” Ulmerfest 2006, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 15 September 2006.

    • “Walter Benjamin in America,” Christie’s Education, New York, 3 May 2006.

    • “Of Monsters and Magicians” (Keynote Address), Beyond Memorials: New Perspectives in German-Jewish Culture, University of Pennsylvania, 5 February 2006.

    • “Fishke out of Water: Edgar G. Ulmer’s Cycle of Yiddish Films,” Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies, University of Florida, 19 January 2006.

    • “Romancing the Shtetl: On the Visual and Rhetorical Flourishes of The Face of East European Jewry (1920),” Elective Affinities: Seventh International Conference on Word & Image Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 23-27 September 2005.

    • “Toward an Understanding of German-Jewish Modernism,” After Memory? New Directions in German-Jewish Cultural Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, 20 April 2005.

    • Panel Presentation o, Arnold Zweig, The Face of East European Jewry, featuring Liliane Weissberg, Jeffrey Shandler and Tom Freudenheim, Center for Jewish History (joint-sponsored by the YIVO Institute and the Leo Baeck Institute), 14 December 2004.

    Research Interests:

    European Modernism, Fin-de-siècle Vienna, Exile, Emigrés in Hollywood, Film Noir, Frankfurt School, Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema, American Independent Cinema, World Cinema, and Classical Hollywood

    Awards And Honors:

    • National Endowment for the Humanities, Public Scholar Fellowship, Oct 2015-July 2016
    • New York Institute for the Humanities, 2014-present
    • Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, Conference Grant, Fall 2012
    • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Fellowship, Berlin, Germany, 2008-09
    • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for College Teachers, Jan-July 2003
    • Fulbright/IFK Visiting Scholar in Cultural Studies, Vienna, Austria, March-June 2003
    • National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Grant, fall 2002
    • Feuchtwanger Memorial Library Grant in Exile Studies, Los Angeles, CA, January 2002
    • DAAD Summer Seminar in German Studies, Einstein Forum, Germany, Summer 1998
    • DAAD/AICGS Summer Humanities Grant, Washington, DC, Summer 1997
    • Fulbright Summer Seminar in German Studies, Germany, Summer 1996
    • Phi Beta Kappa

    Current Courses:

    Ind Senior Project