Susie Linfield

Susie Linfield

Professor

Susie Linfield writes about the intersection of culture and politics for a wide array of publications. Recent essays have addressed Syrian torture photographs (the New York Review of Books Daily and the New York Times), war photography (Aperture and the Nation), the Zionist Left in Israel (the Boston Review), an anti-Vietnam War classic (Bookforum), and the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (Dissent).

Professor Linfield’s latest book is The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky (Yale University Press, 2019). In this work, she explores how eight intellectuals on the Left in the U.S., France, and England analyzed the Zionist movement and, later, the State of Israel and the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Professor Linfield’s previous book, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2010), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. It has been translated into Italian, Turkish, and Korean.

For six years, Professor Linfield was a critic for the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Her work has appeared the Washington Post Book World, the New Republic, Dissent, Bookforum, and the Village Voice, among other publications. Her essays have been translated into German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

In 2013, Professor Linfield was the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She serves on the editorial boards of Dissent and Photography and Culture, and is a member of the New York Institute of the Humanities.

From its founding in 1995 until 2014, Professor Linfield was instrumental in building NYU’s Cultural Reporting and Criticism program, first as associate director and then as director.

Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Professor Linfield was the editor in chief of American Film, the deputy editor of the Village Voice, and the arts editor of the Washington Post.

Professor Linfield received her B.A. from Oberlin College, where she studied American history, and her M.A. in journalism from NYU (minor: documentary film). She was born and raised in New York City. For seven years she attended George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and danced with the New York City Ballet.

 

Published Works

The New York Review of Books
May 26th, 2022
How Do Whispers Become Movements?
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Sapir
May 1st, 2022
Amnesty International’s Israel Problem — and Mine
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Los Angeles Times
April 7th, 2022
Op-Ed: Why pictures of the horrors in Ukraine can strengthen our political will
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The Atlantic
October 24th, 2021
Palestine Isn’t Ferguson
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The New York Times
February 16th, 2021
When Genocide Is Caught on Film (Book review of “The Ravine”)
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Book: The Lion's Den
March 26th, 2019
The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky
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The New York Review of Books
February 9th, 2019
Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity
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Dissent
October 1st, 2018
Growing Up After Genocide
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Dissent
October 1st, 2017
Neither Master Nor Subject: Zionism, Empire, and the Balfour Declaration
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The New York Times
January 27th, 2014
Advertisements for Death
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The Nation
January 14th, 2014
Pictures Without an Exhibition
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Guernica
December 16th, 2013
From Left Field
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Boston Review
November 13th, 2013
Letter from Israel: Leftists on Zionism’s Past, Present, and Future
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Dissent
October 1st, 2013
Zionism and Its Discontents
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Aperture
July 22nd, 2013
Embedded Images
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Dissent
July 12th, 2013
Letter from Berlin: Utopia or Auschwitz?
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The Nation
October 30th, 2012
The Journeys of Fred Halliday
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Guernica
June 15th, 2012
The Hubris and Despair of War Journalism
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The New Republic
January 30th, 2012
The Pains of the Pioneers
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Guernica
December 21st, 2011
The Best and the Worst Events of 2011
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Aperture
September 12th, 2011
The Anxiety of Images
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New York Magazine
August 27th, 2011
Jumpers
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The New Republic
August 3rd, 2011
The Art of Pain
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American Suburb X
January 1st, 2011
An Excerpt from “The Cruel Radiance”
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Linfield – The Cruel Radiance
November 24th, 2010
The Cruel Radiance
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Tablet
October 28th, 2010
Picture Imperfect
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The Forward
October 8th, 2010
Batsheva Dances, Challenging Gender–and Demonstrators
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Guernica
October 1st, 2010
Here is New York
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New Humanist
September 28th, 2010
Aid Wars
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Dissent
August 17th, 2010
What’s Right with This Picture?
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Guernica
July 1st, 2010
Living with the Enemy
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Guernica
July 1st, 2010
Living with the Enemy
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The Washington Post
January 3rd, 2010
Man’s Inhumanity to Man
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Truth Dig
June 5th, 2009
How to Think About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
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The Nation
May 5th, 2008
Every Photo an Archive
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Boston Review
September 23rd, 2006
The Treacherous Medium
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Boston Review
October 1st, 2005
A Witness to Murder
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Boston Review
April 1st, 2005
Robert Capa’s Hope
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Boston Review
June 1st, 2000
Trading Truth for Justice?
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