Gabriel Noah Brahm

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Literature and Cultural Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz                 
B.A., English, University of California at Los Angeles                                              


Teaching  Specialties and Research Interests

  • Literary Theory
  • Israel Studies
  • Film and Popular Culture
  • Great Books of Western Civilization
  • Philosophical Anthropology


Narrative Biography

Short Bio-blurb

Gabriel Noah Brahm is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), a Research Fellow in Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and a member of the Academic Council of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). He is coeditor (with Cary Nelson) of The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel and coauthor (with Forrest G. Robinson) of The Jester and the Sages: Mark Twain in the Company of Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx. His current work-in-progress is a monograph titled, Israel in Theory: The Jewish State and the Cultural Left. He serves as an Associate Editor of Politics and Culture and an Advisory Editor of Fathom: For a Deeper Understanding of Israel and the Region. He blogs at Times of Israel.

Personal Statement

Born and raised in New England, I was educated in California (then stuck around there teaching Politics and American Studies for several years, before joining Northern's English Department in 2008, as a specialist in literary theory), and have lived off-and-on for extended periods in the Middle East as well. I call these places home (along with the U.P.). Trained in cultural studies and democratic theory (my doctoral dissertation was on Hannah Arendt and postmodernism), I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in hermeneutics, world literature, political philosophy, film and popular culture for both the English Department and Honors Program at NMU. My diverse course offerings invite students to join me in ranging over an eclectic array of material from King David to Larry David, Biblical Judea to 21st-century Tel Aviv, Marx-Nietzsche-and-Freud to Groucho-Harpo-and-Zeppo, Homer the Greek to Homer Simpson. When in Marquette, I enjoy biking, hiking, sledding, cross-country skiing, and Friday Fish Fry.



Current Research and Service Appointments

  • Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), 2015-present
  • Member, Working Group on Delegitimization at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), 2015-present
  • Member, Academic Council of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), 2014-present
  • Faculty Fellow, Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), 2013-present
  • Research Fellow in Israel Studies, Brandeis University, 2008-present

Editorial Positions

  • Associate Editor, Politics and Culture
  • Advisory Editor, Fathom: For A Deeper Understanding of Israel and the Region

Previous Teaching and Research Positions Held

  • Visiting Professor in The School of Philosophy and Religions at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2014-15)
  • Guest Researcher at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC (2010)
  • Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at The University of the Andes in Bogota, Columbia (2008)
  • Visiting Professor of American Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz (2006-08)
  • Visiting Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey (2004-06)
  • Lecturer in Politics, University of California at Santa Cruz (2002-04)


Selected Publications


  • The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (Wayne State, 2015); coedited with Cary Nelson
  • The Jester and the Sages: Mark Twain in the Company of Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx (Missouri, 2011); coauthored with Forrest G. Robinson
  • Prosthetic Territories: Politics and Hypertechnologies (Westview, 1995); coedited with Mark Driscoll
  • Israel in Theory: The Jewish State and the Cultural Left (in progress).


  • Politics and Culture, “The Left at War with Itself: A Special Double-Issue on Michael Bérubé’s The Left at War and the Questions it Raises” (Fall/Winter 2010); coedited with Gregory Lobo

Articles & Op-Eds

  • “Shakespeare’s Fault or Yours? Melzer’s Maxim: A Guide to Tentative Omniscience for the Congenitally Hyperfallible,” Perspectives on Political Science, 44:1-5 (Fall 2015).
  • “The Academic Boycott Debate: The Israeli Exception,” University World News, Issue 336 (September 26, 2014).
  • “BDS, MLA, and One Rockin’ Shavuot Night” (with Asaf Romirowsky), The American Interest, July 13, 2014.
  • “The Philosophy Behind BDS” and “Philosophers for Hamas!,” Fathom: For a Deeper Understanding of Israel and the Region (Summer 2014).
  • “Holocaust Envy: the Libidinal Economy of the New Antisemitism,” Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Vol. 3, No. 2 (March 2012).
  • “Elizabeth Grosz,” in Michael Ryan ed., The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
  • “Cosmopolitanism vs. the Post-Left” Democratiya 12 (Spring 2008): 33-48; with Andrei S. Markovits.
  • “Reading City of Quartz in Ankara: Two Years of Magical Thinking in Orhan Pamuk’s Middle East,” Rethinking History Vol. 11, No. 1 (March 2007): 79-102.
  • “Understanding Noam Chomsky: a Reconsideration,” Critical Studies in Media Communication Vol. 23, No. 5 (December 2006): 453-461.
  • “Twain and Nietzsche: the Jester and the Sage,” Nineteenth-Century Literature Vol. 60, No. 2 (September 2005): 137-162; with Forrest G. Robinson.


Invited Talks

  • “BDS in Theory: Sublimated Antisemitism,” Kohelet Policy Forum, Jerusalem (October 28, 2015).
  • “Contemporary Antisemitism,” The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, EducatorsColloquium (August 27, 2015).
  • “The Israel Fetish,” Charles University, Prague, Israel Week (May 1, 2015).
  • “BDS On Campus: A Report from the Front Lines,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism (April 27, 2015).
  • “The History of Antisemitic Boycotts,” Glasgow University, Glasgow Jewish Society (February 26, 2015).
  • “Antisemitism in Theory,” University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (February 25, 2015).
  • “Politically Correct Antisemitism: Jew-Hatred and the Jewish State,” Cambridge University, The Cambridge Israel Society (February 24, 2015).
  • “Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism,” Oxford University, Oxford Israel Forum (February 23, 2015).     
  • “Holocaust Envy,” Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota (September 2011).


Honors & Awards

  • Israel Institute, Mid-Career Faculty Development Grant, 2014
  • Center for Academic Engagement, Fellowship, 2013
  • Scholars For Peace in the Middle East, Research Fellowship 2012
  • Northern Michigan University, Faculty Research Grant, Winter & Fall 2010, Winter 2012
  • Brandeis Summer Institute for Israel Studies, Research Fellowship, 2008


Courses Taught

  • EN 504, Principles of Critical Investigation: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, Post-Marxism and Ethics of Reading
  • EN 366, Applied Literary Theory: An Introduction to Criticism
  • EN 364, Film Genre: Westerns/Noir
  • EN 311Z, World Literature: Israel/Middle East
  • EN 260, Popular Culture: Ideology and Utopia in Mass Media
  • EN 225, History of World Cinema: A Global Medium
  • EN 125, Introduction to Film: Hollywood Narrative Cinema
  • EN 112, Mythology: Dionysus, Apollo, and the Scapegoat
  • EN 110, Good Books: States of Nature from Shakespeare to Cormac McCarthy
  • HON 112, Art and American Society: Post-Modernism
  • HON 101, Ancient Western Civilization: Athens and Jerusalem