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New Yorker staff writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Emily Nussbaum is author of I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through The TV Revolution, a collection that combines timely new works with previously published essays and profiles, mostly from her groundbreaking stint as TV critic at The New Yorker. The New York Times called I Like To Watch “confident, dauntless criticism — smart and spiky, brilliantly sure of itself and the medium it depicts.” In a starred review, Kirkus raved about it as “sharp, insightful writing that firmly positions Nussbaum as one of the leading TV critics of our time.” The Los Angeles Review of Books described Nussbaum as “a striking prose stylist, fierce and chummy by turns, with an illuminating analytic eye — exactly the qualities you want in a critic.”
Nussbaum previously worked as the culture editor at New York Magazine, where she created “The Approval Matrix” and wrote essays and profiles on multiple subjects, among them pop culture, feminism, and academia. In the past, she worked for Slate, where she wrote the “Summary Judgment” column; at The New York Times, where she wrote the “Reruns” column for the Arts and Leisure section; and at Lingua Franca and Nerve, among other publications. In 2014, she won the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, for “television reviews written with an affection that never blunts the shrewdness of her analysis or the easy authority of her writing.” She has a master’s in Poetry from New York University and a bachelor’s from Oberlin in English and Creative Writing.
Moderated by Dr. Shayna Weiss, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University
Prior to Brandeis, Dr. Weiss was the Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Israel Studies at the United States Naval Academy, educating future officers about Hipster Herzl, Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews and the Israeli army. She is currently completing a book on gender segregation in Israel, and is also interested in the politics of Israeli popular culture. After growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Shayna attended Brandeis as an undergraduate, so this new position serves as a homecoming for her, as well. She completed a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.