Susie Linfield

Associate 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 Times), war photography (Aperture and the Nation), the Zionist Left in Israel (the Boston Review), and an anti-Vietnam War classic (Bookforum).

Professor Linfield’s 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 and Turkish and (forthcoming) 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, the Village Voice, the New Yorker, and Rolling Stone, 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.

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.

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.

Professor Linfield will be on leave Academic Year 2014-15


Published Works

Advertisements for Death January 27th, 2014 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Pictures Without an Exhibition January 14th, 2014 Susie Linfield Associate Professor From Left Field December 16th, 2013 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Letter from Israel: Leftists on Zionism’s Past, Present, and Future November 13th, 2013 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Zionism and Its Discontents October 1st, 2013 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Embedded Images July 22nd, 2013 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Letter from Berlin: Utopia or Auschwitz? July 12th, 2013 Susie Linfield Associate Professor The Journeys of Fred Halliday October 30th, 2012 Susie Linfield Associate Professor The Hubris and Despair of War Journalism June 15th, 2012 Susie Linfield Associate Professor The Pains of the Pioneers January 30th, 2012 Susie Linfield Associate Professor The Best and the Worst Events of 2011 December 21st, 2011 Susie Linfield Associate Professor The Anxiety of Images September 12th, 2011 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Jumpers August 27th, 2011 Susie Linfield Associate Professor The Art of Pain August 3rd, 2011 Susie Linfield Associate Professor An Excerpt from “The Cruel Radiance” January 1st, 2011 Susie Linfield Associate Professor The Cruel Radiance November 24th, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Picture Imperfect October 28th, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Batsheva Dances, Challenging Gender–and Demonstrators October 8th, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Here is New York October 1st, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Aid Wars September 28th, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor What’s Right with This Picture? August 17th, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Living with the Enemy July 1st, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Living with the Enemy July 1st, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Man’s Inhumanity to Man January 3rd, 2010 Susie Linfield Associate Professor How to Think About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 5th, 2009 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Every Photo an Archive May 5th, 2008 Susie Linfield Associate Professor The Treacherous Medium September 23rd, 2006 Susie Linfield Associate Professor A Witness to Murder October 1st, 2005 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Robert Capa’s Hope April 1st, 2005 Susie Linfield Associate Professor Trading Truth for Justice? June 1st, 2000 Susie Linfield Associate Professor