Susie Linfield

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 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

Book: The Lion's Den
The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
The New York Review of Books
Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Dissent
Growing Up After Genocide
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Dissent
Neither Master Nor Subject: Zionism, Empire, and the Balfour Declaration
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
The New York Times
Advertisements for Death
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
The Nation
Pictures Without an Exhibition
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Associate Professor
Guernica
From Left Field
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Associate Professor
Boston Review
Letter from Israel: Leftists on Zionism’s Past, Present, and Future
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Dissent
Zionism and Its Discontents
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Aperture
Embedded Images
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Dissent
Letter from Berlin: Utopia or Auschwitz?
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
The Nation
The Journeys of Fred Halliday
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Guernica
The Hubris and Despair of War Journalism
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
The New Republic
The Pains of the Pioneers
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Guernica
The Best and the Worst Events of 2011
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Aperture
The Anxiety of Images
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
New York Magazine
Jumpers
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Associate Professor
The New Republic
The Art of Pain
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
American Suburb X
An Excerpt from “The Cruel Radiance”
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Associate Professor
Linfield – The Cruel Radiance
The Cruel Radiance
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Tablet
Picture Imperfect
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Associate Professor
The Forward
Batsheva Dances, Challenging Gender–and Demonstrators
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Guernica
Here is New York
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Associate Professor
New Humanist
Aid Wars
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Associate Professor
Dissent
What’s Right with This Picture?
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Guernica
Living with the Enemy
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Associate Professor
Guernica
Living with the Enemy
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Associate Professor
The Washington Post
Man’s Inhumanity to Man
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Associate Professor
Truth Dig
How to Think About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
The Nation
Every Photo an Archive
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Boston Review
The Treacherous Medium
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Associate Professor
Boston Review
A Witness to Murder
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor
Boston Review
Robert Capa’s Hope
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Associate Professor
Boston Review
Trading Truth for Justice?
Susie Linfield
Associate Professor