Researcher Positions at the Leon Levy Center for Biography

The Leon Levy Center for Biography was established in 2007 with a gift from the Leon Levy Foundation, which remains our main funder. Our mandate is to create stronger connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers and to cultivate important discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time. To this end, we host a number of public events (10 to 15 per academic year), including an Annual Lecture (in September with historian/biographer Geoffrey Ward) and an annual conference on biography each spring.


We also fund four yearly Biography Fellowships. We would like to provide our Fellows with a Research Assistant. These Graduate Assistant B positions will be for 7.5 hours per week and pay $11,969 per academic year. (Please note: students who currently hold a Graduate Center Fellowship may apply for the GAB at the Levy Center, but the Levy Center GAB may not be substituted for the GAB service/teaching component within the GCF. All GABs qualify for NYSHIP.)


We have funding for at least two positions—and possibly four. Start date: September 1, 2018. Applications are due June 22nd.


Our four incoming Fellows will be at work on biographies of the following subjects:


  • novelist Rebecca Donner, who will be working on a biography of Mildred Harnack, an American literary scholar who was a leader of one of the largest anti-Nazi resistance groups in Germany, to be published by Little, Brown


  • writer Stephen Heyman, whose biography is of Louis Bromfield, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lost Generation novelist and agricultural pioneer. The book will be published by W.W. Norton & Company


  • writer and former dancer Jennifer Homans, who is the founder and Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, will be working on a biography of George Balanchine


  • long-form journalist Samanth Subramanian, who will be working on a biography of the scientist J. B. S. Haldane



Please send CV and cover letter to Associate Director Thad Ziolkowski:

Room 6200


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