Nitzan Lebovic

Lehigh University History - Nitzan Lebovic

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Associate Professor



PHD, UCLA, 2005


German-Jewish Culture, Holocaust, Israel


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Nitzan Lebovic received his B.A. in History and Theory of Literature from Tel Aviv University and his Ph.D. from UCLA. His first book, titled The Philosophy  of Life and Death: Ludwig Klages and the Rise of a Nazi Biopolitics (2013) focuses on the circle around the Lebensphilosophie and anti-Semitic thinker Ludwig Klages. His second book, Zionism and Melancholy: The Short Life of Israel Zarchi, came out in Hebrew in 2015 and is expected soon in English. Nitzan is also co-editor of The Politics of Nihilism (2014) and of Catastrophes: A History and Theory of an Operative Concept (2014), and has authored special issues of Rethinking History (Nihilism), Zmanim (Religion and Power), and The New German Critique (Political Theology).

Professor Lebovic regularly teaches classes about the history of the Holocaust, the history of total war, introduction to modern Jewish culture, and the history of fascism. He is particularly proud of already having a small number of students that he has helped in their academic journey, in Israel, Germany, and the United States.

During 2016-2017 Nitzan will be on leave as a research fellow at the Katz Center for Jewish Studies (University of Pennsylvania) and at the Zentrum für Kultur und Literaturforschung (Berlin, Germany).

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