Noah Isenberg is the George Christian Centennial Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he devoted fifteen years of service to the New School, in New York City, where he was Professor of Culture and Media and the founding director of Screen Studies at the school’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. 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 (paperback edition in 2018), which earned a spot on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, was named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review, and was selected as a Summer Book of 2017 by the Financial Times and a Best Film Book of 2017 by the Scotland Herald. It was featured on CBS Saturday Morning with Anthony Mason, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, among other media outlets. A British edition appeared from Faber & Faber in November 2017, with a paperback edition due out in early 2020; a Hungarian edition appeared from Európa in 2017; and as Russian edition is forthcoming.
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 the 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 appeared in 2016 from New York Review of Books Classics. At present, he is working on three projects connected to filmmaker Billy Wilder: an anthology of Wilder’s journalistic writings from Vienna and Berlin of the 1920s for Princeton University Press; a book on the great American sex comedy Some Like It Hot for W.W. Norton and Faber & Faber; and a short interpretive biography of Wilder for the Yale Jewish Lives series at Yale University Press.
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 standing fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and, in 2015-2016, he received an inaugural NEH Public Scholar award. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Paris Review Daily, New York Review of Books Daily, The Daily Beast, Salon, 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, and The Threepenny Review. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Film Quarterly and of the New Review of Television and Film Studies.
In addition to his posts at the University of Texas at Austin and at the New School, Isenberg taught German and film studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT from 1995-2004. He’s also been a Visiting Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (spring 2017) and of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College (summer 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017), where he spent summer 2015 as a visiting scholar at the Leslie Center for the Humanities. A proud 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.