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 received her Ph.D. in History and the Humanities at Stanford, where she focused on nineteenth and twentieth-century European cultural and intellectual history and spent the subsequent two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Yale University. Her work has appeared in major scholarly publications, including The Journal of Modern History, the Journal of the History of Ideas, and an upcoming issue of 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.


Her research reconnects ideas and scholarly practices with the social, cultural, and political contexts of cities in nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe and America. It has been sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Emily has presented her work at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center, the Warburg Institute in London, the German Historical Institute in Washington, the Center for Jewish History in New York, the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem, and the American Historical Association, as well as to audiences in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Freiburg, Montreal, and Verona. 


In addition to her presentations for scholarly audiences and professional conferences, Emily delivers talks and lectures in bookstores, synagogues, and schools. In 2016 Emily was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Association for Jewish Studies and can be booked for a talk through that organization. 


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. 


European cultural and intellectual history 

Nineteenth and Twentieth century German history 

History of the university, higher education, and the sociology of knowledge

Transatlantic history, German and American encounters