About Elisabeth

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 did her PhD at the University of Munich on literary space in the work of Dorothy M. Richardson’s novel Pilgrimage, as well as her habilitation, five years later, on representations of femininity and death. 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.

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

Honors & Fellowships

2021 Honorary Doctorate from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 

2018 Ambassadorship of 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