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About Elisabeth


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor Emerita of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich as well as Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.


She earned her PhD at the University of Munich with her work on literary space in the work of Dorothy M. Richardson’s novel Pilgrimage, as well as her habilitation on representations of femininity and death, Over Her Dead Body. She has written articles and books in the area of literature, philosophy and political theory, gender studies, psychoanalysis, film, cultural theory and visual culture. She works as a curator and writes for exhibition catalogs. More recently she has also published a cookbook and a novel.

Access Prof. Bronfen's profile on LinkedIn or get in touch with Prof. Bronfen here.

Access  an overview of her edited volumes and monographs as well as a selection of her publications

In the Media
Public Engagement

Elisabeth Bronfen is a frequent contributor for local and international news publications and broadcasts, serving as an expert on culture as well as American politics.


She also often collaborates with cultural institutions, as a curator, a consultant  and as a  writer.

See an overview of her media appearances and contributions here.

Honors & Fellowships

2024 – Fellowship at the HIAS, Hamburg Institut for Advanced Studies

2021 – Honorary Doctorate

from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 

2018 – Ambassadorship

for Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg  (Interview)

2017 – Martin Warnke-Medal

awarded by the Aby-Warburg Stiftung

2017 – Fellowship at the IKKM

of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

2011 – Membership of the Academia Europaea

2010 – Residency in the Louise Bourgeois Studio Archive

2000 & 1997 – Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professorship

at Columbia University

1995 – Whitney J. Oates Fellow

with the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University

1993 – Gerhard Hess Program's Junior Research Award

of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

1987-8 – Mellon Faculty Fellowship Harvard University

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