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 also directs the Screen Studies program. He is the author, most recently, of We’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, published by W.W. Norton in February 2017 (and in November 2017 by Faber & Faber in the UK and by Európa, in Hungarian translation, in Budapest), which earned a spot on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, was named an "Editor's Choice" at the New York Times Book Review, and was picked as a Summer Book of 2017 by the Financial Times. His other books include: Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (University of California Press, 2014), which the New York Times hailed as “a page turner of a biography” and Huffington Post selected 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 University Press, 2009), which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. His introduction to the reissue of Vicki Baum’s bestselling novel of 1929 Grand Hotel is now out from New York Review of Books Classics.
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 in 2015-2016 he received an NEH Public Scholar award. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Bookforum, The Paris Review Daily, New York Review of Books Daily, The Daily Beast, Times Literary Supplement, Wall Street Journal, Film Quarterly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Brooklyn Rail, Film Comment, The Criterion Collection, Cinema Journal, Moving Image Source, Vertigo, New German Critique, Raritan, Lingua Franca, Dissent, Partisan Review, Salmagundi, The Threepenny Review and the New York Times. He is the book review editor at Film Quarterly.
Prior to his arrival at The New School, Noah taught German and film studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut from 1995-2004. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and at Dartmouth College, where he spent summer 2015 as a visiting scholar at the Leslie Center for the 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.