Ulrich Baer, a professor of German and Comparative Literature, was appointed Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity, effective September 1, 2012. From 2007 until 2011, he was Vice Provost for Globalization and Multicultural Affairs, overseeing NYU's network of Global Academic Sites around the world, in addition to several of NYU's multicultural institutes and centers.
Dr. Baer received his B.A. from Harvard in 1991, and his Ph.D. from Yale in Comparative Literature in 1995, and first joined NYU as assistant professor in NYU's Department of German in 1996. A widely published author, editor, and translator, he is an expert on modern poetry, literary theory, and photography, and has published extensively on poetry, photography, and issues in contemporary art and culture. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, NYU's Golden Dozen Teaching Award (twice), a Getty
Research Fellowship, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. Among his books are The Rilke Alphabet, Beggar's Chicken: Stories from Shanghai, Hannah Arendt zwischen den Disziplinen (co-editor), Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life (translator and editor), Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma, the anthology 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11, and Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan.
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