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Emily J. Levine teaches history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she is Associate Professor of Modern European History. She is the author of Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School (University of Chicago Press, 2013), which was awarded the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize by the American Historical Association for the best book in European history from 1815 through the 20th century. The book was also a finalist for the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the Cultural and Media Studies category from the Association for Jewish Studies.

Emily’s work has appeared in major scholarly publications, including The Journal of Modern History, the Journal of the History of Ideas, and The American Historical Review. She has also published general interest pieces in the LA Review of Books and Foreign Policy, and her work has been featured in the New York Times. She has presented her work to international audiences at the Warburg Institute in London, the German Historical Institute in Washington, and the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem, and her research has been sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is at work on a transatlantic history of the research university tentatively titled Exceptional Institutions: Cities, Capital, and the Rise of the Research University. She lives in Durham with her husband and son.

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  • Capital, Culture, and the City: Hamburg as the “Other” Weimar Republic
  • Aby Warburg, Erwin Panofsky, and Iconology as a Jewish Way of Seeing?
  • From Bauhaus to Black Mountain: German Jews and the Birth of the American Avant-Garde
  • A Short History of European Anti-Semitism