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Emily J. Levine

Dr. Emily J. Levine

Contact Information

Email: ejlevine@uncg.edu
Office: MHRA 2117
Office Phone: 336-334-3514


Ph.D., Stanford University, 2008
M.A., Stanford University, 2005
B.A., Yale University, 2001

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010-present
Instructor, Yale University, 2008-2010
Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, 2003-2005

Research Interests

My research interests are in the cultural and intellectual history of twentieth-century Germany. I focus on the conditions of intellectual production - the settings, contexts, and institutions that enable and authenticate ideas. My work also explores the mechanisms and questions of knowledge transfer among national, political, and cultural contexts.

My first book Dreamland of Humanists (University of Chicago Press, 2013) analyzes the intellectual collaboration of Aby Warburg, Ernst Cassirer, and Erwin Panofsky in interwar Hamburg. The book argues that this group's unconventional scholarship in art history and philosophy arose from the familial, religious, and economic conditions of their city. Other work examines the family as a matrix for intellectual production and considers the epistemological consequences for history writing.

As an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Free University in Berlin in 2012-2013 I began a new project that investigates the exchange of institutional models of higher education between Germany and America in the 19th and 20th century. Though historians have written of the "first globalization" of trade around 1900, current interest in the globalization of higher education remains unhistoricized. My current book project, Humboldt's Gift: The Globalization of Higher Education in the Long 20th Century, analyzes the transfer and adaptation of the research university concept between Germany and America. It uncovers the shifting histories of local and national competition in higher education, the conflicting motivations of economics and cultural prestige, and the problems inherent in exchanging institutional models of education and research.

Current Projects

  • "America Teaches, Germania Learns: Competition, Higher Education and the Language of Crisis in Transnational Perspective" (article in preparation).
  • "The Awful English Language: Translation, Emigration, and the Fate of German Ideas in Postwar America," (article under revision).
  • "Humboldt's Gift": The Globalization of Higher Education in the Long 20th Century (book project).

Courses Taught

  • HIS 223: Modern Europe: A survey of the political, social, and cultural history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution to the present with emphasis on the emergence of political ideologies and categories of inclusion and exclusion in the boundaries of Europe.
  • HIS 376: German History: From Unification to Re-Unification and Beyond. Undergraduate lecture analyzing the tension between the process of nationalization and the realities of social and political division from the wars of national unification through to national reunification and the founding of the European Union.
  • HIS 397: Modern European Thought: "The Power of Ideas." An upper-level undergraduate course devoted to key thinkers in 18th-20th century European cultural and intellectual history, including Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, De Beauvoir, and Arendt. Additional readings on varying approaches to the history of ideas.
  • HIS 511B: Historical Research and Writing: "'Democracy and Its Discontents': The Weimar Republic, 1919-1933." A speaking and writing intensive interdisciplinary seminar examining the relationship between culture and politics in Germany's interwar period.
  • HIS 740: Selected Topics in Modern European History: "Exiled in Paradise: German Intellectuals in America." A graduate reading seminar examining the impact of German émigrés on multiple fields in the humanities, fine arts, architecture, and film in postwar America.
  • HIS 740: Selected Topics in Modern European History: "The Modern Research University as German-American History." Seminar examining the history and ideas of the modern research university as a case study in the 'transatlantic approach" to history. Beginning with its development in Germany in the nineteenth century, analysis includes analysis of its subsequent adoption in America, and moments of crisis in the twentieth century.
  • HSS 222 (Honors): Flappers and Philosophers: Ideas, Culture, and Politics Between The Wars. An honors seminar devoted to the main historical events and intellectual movements of the 1920s and 30s in Europe and America. Emphasis on the interconnections between ideas and politics, the fluctuations between left and right politics, and transatlantic figures.

Recent Publications

  • Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky and the Hamburg School (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
  • "The Weimar Circle as Hamburg School" (April 2013, Journal of the History of Ideas; forum on "Ideas and the City").
  • "PanDora, or Erwin and Dora Panofsky and the Private History of Ideas," (December 2011, The Journal of Modern History).
  • Review of Claudia Kemper, Das "Gewissen" 1919-1925: Kommunikation und Vernetzung der Jungkonservativen (Munich, 2011), Journal of Modern History (forthcoming).
  • "Sokrates an der Elbe? Erwin Panofsky und die Hamburger Schule der Kunstgeschichte in den 1920er Jahren,"Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg 2007, Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg, March 2008.
  • Other publications listed on Vitae.

Awards and Honors

  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Free University in Berlin, 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
  • UNCG New Faculty Grant, 2011-2012; 2012-2013
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, 2008-2010
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University, 2007-2008
  • Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Fellowship in Jewish Culture, Center for Jewish History, New York, 2007-2008
  • Other awards and honors listed on Vitae.

Curriculum Vitae

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