Alys George is a 2020–21 Franz Werfel Fellow of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research, and a Resident Fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History (formerly the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Gesellschaft). She is the author of The Naked Truth: Viennese Modernism and the Body (University of Chicago Press, 2020). Her other publications cover topics ranging from literature, film, and photography to dance and medical humanities. She received her Ph.D. in German Studies at Stanford University and was Assistant Professor of German at New York University (2011–20) and Affiliate Faculty of NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (2015–20). She served for seven years as the Department of German’s Director of Undergraduate Studies (= Studiengangsleiterin, B.A.-Programm).
The recipient of distinguished teaching awards from both NYU and Stanford University, Alys George teaches and researches Austrian and German cultural and intellectual history, literature, and visual culture of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Her research has been supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (Franz Werfel Fellowship; Richard Plaschka Fellowship), NYU’s Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship, the Dietrich W. Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, the Austrian Cultural Forum and German Studies Association, Fulbright-IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften/International Research Center for Cultural Studies (Junior Fellowship), Stanford University’s School of Humanities and Sciences, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Stanford Digital Humanities Lab.
As Franz Werfel Fellow, she is pursuing the project Fictions of Empire, about the legacies of Austria-Hungary in interwar central European literature. She is also working on a book project on Austrian Zeitromane (1945–49) authored by women.