Office of Global Engagement

Brown’s Michael Steinberg named president of the American Academy in Berlin

April 4, 2016


With academic expertise in history, music and German studies, Steinberg earns prestigious appointment to lead organization committed to intellectual, cultural and political ties between the U.S. and Germany.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — At a news conference at the American Academy of Berlin in Germany on March 31, Brown University’s vice provost for the arts, Michael P. Steinberg, was named the organization’s next president. The Brown faculty member and administrator — whose academic expertise spans history, music and German studies — will begin an extended leave of absence in August 2016 to take on his new role.

Founded in 1994 at the initiative of Brown alumnus Richard Holbrooke, then the American ambassador to Germany, the Academy is committed to maintaining the long-term intellectual, cultural and political ties between the U.S. and Germany.

“I am honored and excited to join the American Academy in Berlin at a moment of pressing need for its core principles of dialogue and collaboration in the humanities, arts and public policy,” Steinberg said. “The Academy shares these values with Brown, along with the insistence on their potential for knowledge building and social impact. Berlin's energy is palpable, global and hospitable, and the Academy has become a vital player in making it so.”

Steinberg joined the Brown community in 2005 and served as founding director of the Cogut Center for the Humanities until his appointment as vice provost for the arts. He also serves as the Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History and as a professor of music and German studies. Steinberg’s research interests include the cultural history of modern Germany and Austria, with particular attention to Germany Jewish intellectual history and the cultural history of music.

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