Susie Linfield writes about the intersection of culture and politics; recent topics have included Syrian torture photographs (The New York Times) and left-Zionism in Israel (The Boston Review). Her book The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2010) was a finalist for the New York Critics Circle Award and has been translated into Italian, Turkish, and (upcoming) Korean. Linfield writes for an array of publications, including The Nation, Guernica, Bookforum, The Boston Review, Aperture, The New York Times Book Review, and Dissent; her essays have been translated into Italian, French, German, and Spanish. She has lectured throughout the U.S. and in Germany, Israel, Turkey, Ireland, and Norway. In 2013 she was the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Linfield serves on the editorial boards of Dissent and Photography and Culture magazines. Prior to joining the journalism faculty at NYU, where she is an associate professor, she was the deputy editor of The Village Voice, the arts editor of The Washington Post, and the editor in chief of American Film. Linfield was born and raised in New York City; as a child and teen she studied at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and danced with the New York City Ballet.