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  • Neil Gordon

    Professor of Writing

    Office Location:

    Lang Annex


    I am a Professor of Writing.

    Although I have a Ph.D. in French Literature, and have written a lot of literary criticism and reviews, I am primarily a historical and political novelist. To date I’ve published four novels, one set in the history of the Holocaust and the state of Israel; (Sacrifice of Isaac) the second about Israel, America, and the arms trade (The Gunrunner’s Daughter); the third about the radical Left in America during the War in Vietnam (The Company You Keep); and, most recently, a fourth about the story of the American Left from the Spanish Civil War to Occupy Wall Street (You’re a Big Girl Now). The third was filmed in 2012 by Robert Redford as his movie of the same name.

    In between Graduate School and my return to academics at The New School, I worked for many years at The New York Review of Books and was the founding Literary Editor of The Boston Review. Most recently, I have spent three years in Paris serving as Dean, Vice President, and Professor of Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris. My courses, whether writing or literature classes, like my novels, focus on the intersection between individuals and the political history that surrounds them; on the representation of lived political and historical experience in fiction; on the mechanics of the sympathetic imagination; as well as on the forms of the literary, political, and cultural essay.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Yale University

    Awards And Honors:

    • 2007: National Endowment for the Arts grant to Boston Review in support of an article series: “Imagining the Enemy.”
    • 2002: Lila Wallace Acheson grant to Boston Review for creation of  The New Fiction Forum.
    • 2004: Finalist, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  
    • 2004: Notable Book of the Year: The New York Times
    • 1982: Graduate Fellowship, Yale University.
    • 1980: First Prize, Graduate Fiction, Jules and Avery Hopwood Literary Competition, The     University of  Michigan.
    • 1979: First Prize, Undergraduate Fiction, Jules and Avery Hopwood Literary Competition, The University of  Michigan.

    Current Courses:

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Independent Study (Open Campus)