Ulrich Baer is a professor of German and Comparative Literature, and is formally affiliated with the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Photography and Imaging in the Tisch School of the Arts. He serves as Vice Provost for Faculty and Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the Provost’s Office. In this capacity he works to support faculty research, teaching and pedagogy, and other professional activities, coordinate the arts and humanities in all of NYU’s schools and institutes, and strengthen NYU’s ongoing effort to create the most diverse and inclusive community of outstanding faculty to serve our University’s student body and to advance research. He oversees several of the Provostial institutes and centers, serves on the NYU Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, and co-chairs the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee and the Undergraduate Committee. Co-Director of the Center for the Humanities at NYU since 2015, Dr. Baer is Faculty Director in 2017.
From 2012 until 2017, he served as NYU's Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity. From 2007 until 2012, he served as Vice Provost for Globalization and Multicultural Affairs, overseeing NYU's network of Global Academic Sites around the world.
Dr. Baer received his B.A. from Harvard in 1991, and his Ph.D. from Yale in Comparative Literature in 1995, and was first appointed at NYU as a faculty member in 1996. A widely published author, editor, and translator, he is an expert on poetry, literary theory, and photography, and has published extensively on these and other topics. He has lectured around the world on higher education, and on diversity as a means to institutional excellence. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, NYU's Golden Dozen Teaching Award (twice), a Getty Research Fellowship, a DAAD fellowship, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. He regularly teaches a freshmen seminar on globalization, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in photography, poetry, and other areas. Among his books are The Dark Interval: Rilke’s Letters on Loss, Grief and Transformation (translator and editor; forthcoming 2018); Rainer Maria Rilke: Prosa (editor); We Are but A Moment; The Rilke Alphabet; Beggar's Chicken: Stories from Shanghai; Hannah Arendt Between the Disciplines (co-editor with Amir Eshel); The Claims of Literature: A Shoshana Felman Reader (co-editor with Emily Sun and Eyal Peretz); Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life (translator and editor); Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma; 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11 (editor); “Nobody Bears Witness for the Witness”: Testimony and Historical Memory after the Shoah (editor); Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan.
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List of University Centers and Institutes
- Asian/Pacific/American Institute | Jack Chen, Director
- Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality | Gayatri Gopinath, Director
- The Center for Ballet and the Arts | Jennifer Homans, Founder and Director
- Center for the Humanities | Gwynneth Malin, Director; Ulrich Baer, Faculty Director
- The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives | Philip Kunhardt, Founding Director
- China House | Xudong Zhang, Director
- Grey Gallery of Art | Lynn Gumpert, Director
- Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics | Diana Taylor, Founding Director
- Institute of African American Affairs | Manthia Diawara, Director
- Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue | Anna Deavere Smith, Founder and Director
- NY Institute for the Humanities | Eric Banks, Director
- Skirball Center for the Performing Arts | Michael Harrington, Executive Director