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.
A complete CV and list of publications is available here.
In the Media
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