About Elisabeth


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor 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. A specialist in the 19th and 20th century literature, she has also written articles and books in the area of gender studies, psychoanalysis, film, cultural theory and visual culture.

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Public Engagement

She 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, not least the role of curator and writer.

Honors & Fellowships

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


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


A complete CV and list of publications is available here.

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