Gabriel Noah Brahm


Ph.D., Literature and Cultural Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz
M.A., Literature (notation in American Studies), University of California at Santa Cruz
B.A., English, UCLA

Diploma in Israel Studies, Brandeis University
Certificate in Teaching Writing, San Francisco State University


Teaching and Research Interests

•   Literary Theory and Political Philosophy

•   Israel Studies and Middle East Affairs

•   British and American Literature

•   Film and Popular Culture

•   Composition and Rhetoric

•   Great Books of Western Civilization


Gabriel Noah Brahm was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he read British literature and classics. Subsequently, he enrolled in the MA program in Composition and Rhetoric at San Francisco State University, before going on for a PhD in Literature and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Cruz, followed by a postgraduate degree in Israel Studies at Brandeis University. After a stint teaching in the departments of Politics, Philosophy, and American Studies at UCSC, he joined Northern’s faculty in 2008 as a specialist in literary theory, philosophical anthropology, and ideology critique. He currently serves as Director of Michigan’s Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom (CAIF) and Senior Research Fellow at University of Haifa’s Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism. He has been a Visiting Professor in the School of Philosophy and Religions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Visiting Researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS); Visiting Lecturer at Yad Vashem (the World Holocaust Remembrance Center); Visiting Professor in the Program in Cultures, Civilizations, and Ideas at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey; Visiting Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia; Visiting Professor of American Poetry in the Department of Translation Studies at Shandong University in Weihai, China; Wiesel-King Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), St. John’s College, Oxford; Scholar in Residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies; Advisory Editor at Fathom: For a Deeper View of Israel and the Region; and founding Associate Editor of Politics and Culture: An International Review of Books. Recipient of numerous prizes, he has been honored with a Peter White Scholar Award, an Israel Institute Faculty Development Grant, and an Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Research Grant, among others. A native citizen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Brahm was born to a family of refugees from Nazi Germany and grew up on a farm beside a dirt road in rural, small-town New England, just south of the New Hampshire border. It was in this blessed idyll on the shores of the Merrimack River that he first learned to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, play tennis on weekends and cherish the poetry of Robert Frost and John Greenleaf Whittier. His family divides its time between Marquette, Michigan, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Follow him on Twitter @Brahmski.


Selected Publications
“Intersectionality—Is it Good for the Jews?,” Israel Studies, Volume 24, Issue 2, 2019.

“Slouching Toward the City that Never Stops: Social Justice Tourism in the Holy Land,” in Doron Ben-Atar and Andrew Pessin (eds.), Campus Antisemitism’s Assault on Free Speech and the University, Indiana UP, 2018.

“Killing the Messenger: Mark Lilla’s ‘End of Identity Liberalism’ and its Critics,” Society, Volume 54, Issue 4, 2017.

“Shakespeare’s Fault or Yours? On Esoteric and Exoteric Readings of Great Books,” Perspectives on Political Science, Volume 44, Issue 4, 2015.

The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (coedited with Cary Nelson), Wayne State UP, 2014.

The Jester and the Sages: Mark Twain in Conversation with Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx (coauthored with Forrest G. Robinson), UP of Missouri, 2012.

“Holocaust Envy: The Libidinal Economy of the New Antisemitism,” Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2012.

“Reading Mike Davis in Ankara: Two Years of Magical Thinking in Orhan Pamuk’s Middle East,” Rethinking History, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2007.

Understanding Noam Chomsky: A Reconsideration,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2006.

Prosthetic Territories: Politics and Hypertechnologies (coedited with Mark Driscoll), Westview, 1995.