Ulrich Baer is a professor of German and Comparative Literature and serves as Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity in the Provost’s Office. In this capacity he works to support our faculty’s research, teaching, 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, students, and staff. 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 Graduate Committee. Co-Director of the Center for the Humanities at NYU since 2014, Dr. Baer is Faculty Director in 2016.
From 2007 until 2012, he served as NYU’s 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 Assistant Professor of German 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 in many locations around the world on the globalization of higher education, and on diversity as the 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, 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), The Claims of Literature: A Shoshana Felman Reader (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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List of University Centers and Institutes
- Asian/Pacific/American Institute | Jack Chen, Director
- Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality | Ann Pellegrini, Director
- The Center for Ballet and the Arts | Jennifer Homans, Founder and Director
- Center for the Humanities | Gwynneth Malin, Director; Jane Tylus, Faculty Director
- The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives | Philip Kunhardt, Founding Director
- China House | Xudong Zhang, 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