Department Chair&George Christian Centennial Professor
In January 2019,Noah Isenbergbegan his appointment as the George Christian Centennial Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film. He arrived at UT from the New School, in New York City, where for the previous decade and a half he served as Professor of Culture and Media and as the founding director of Screen Studies. He is the author ofWe’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie(W.W. Norton, 2017), which earned a spot on theLos Angeles Timesbestseller list, was named an Editor’s Choice by theNew York Times Book Review, and was selected as a Summer Book of 2017 by theFinancial Timesand a Best Film Book of 2017 by the ScotlandHerald. In the meantime, British (Faber & Faber), Hungarian (Európa), and Russian (Dedinsky) editions have been published. Among his other books are:Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins(California, 2014), which theNew York Timeshailed as “a page turner of a biography” andHuffington Postselected among its Best Film Books of 2014;Detour(British Film Institute, 2008), a book-length study of Ulmer’s acclaimed low-budget film noir; and, as editor,Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era(Columbia, 2009), which was selected as aChoiceOutstanding Academic Title. His introduction to Vicki Baum’s bestselling novel of 1929,Grand Hotel, appeared with the book’s reissue by the New York Review of Books Classics in 2016. A new volume of Billy Wilder’s early journalistic writings,Billy Wilder on Assignment: Dispatches from Weimar Berlin and Interwar Vienna (trans. Shelley Frisch), which he edited and introduced, appeared from Princeton University Press in April 2021; a Spanish edition is forthcoming from Laertes.
His current projects include a book on Billy Wilder’sSome Like It Hotfor Norton and a short interpretive biography of Wilder for the Yale Jewish Lives series. 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, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In support of his current book projects, he will be a faculty research fellow at the Harry Ransom Center in spring 2022. He serves as a member of the editorial boards ofFilm Quarterly, theNew Review of Film and Television Studies, and theGermanic Reviewand is a member the advisory board of the joint Bloomsbury/British Film Institute’sScreen Studiesseries. He is a standing fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and was a recipient of the inaugural 2015-2016 NEH Public Scholar research awards. A special issue ofNew German Critiqueon the history of German-language film criticism and theory, which he co-edited with Gerd Gemünden, appeared in fall 2020.
His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as:The Nation, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, Salon,Times Literary Supplement,Bookforum,New York Review of Books Daily,Film Comment,The Paris Review Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books,The Criterion Collection,The Threepenny Review, Film Quarterly, New German Critique, Partisan Review, Raritan, Wall Street Journaland theNew York Times Book Review.From 1995-2004, he taught at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, CT, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and at Dartmouth College. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ph.D., German Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1995 M.A., German Literature, University of Washington, 1991 B.A., European History, University of Pennsylvania, 1989