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Professor Magilow received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in German from Princeton University. Before coming to UT in 2006, he was the 2005-2006 Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Professor Magilow is an affiliated faculty member with the Cinema Studies Program, the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies, and the Department of History. He currently serves as the Director of the Normandy Scholars Program and as the Associate Director of the University of Tennessee Humanities Center. His research centers on photography and film and their intersections with Holocaust Studies, Weimar Germany, and postwar memory. Alongside many articles and book chapters, he is the author, co-author, editor, or translator of the following books: It Will Yet Be Heard: A Polish Rabbi's Witness of the Shoah and Survival (by Leon Thorne, edited by Daniel H. Magilow and Emanuel Thorne), Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction (co-authored with Lisa Silverman, Bloomsbury, 2015, second edition forthcoming in 2019), The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012), Nazisploitation!: The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Culture and Cinema (co-edited with Elizabeth Bridges and Kristin T. Vander Lugt, Continuum Books, 2011) and In Her Father's Eyes: A Childhood Extinguished by the Holocaust (Rutgers University Press, 2008). He is currently finishing a book on the theoretical writings of the German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch.
Dr. Magilow has received several awards and grants for his work, notably a DAAD Research Grant in 1999-2000, a teaching award from the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, multiple grants from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Holocaust Education Foundation, a "Best Article of the Year" Award from the American Association of Teachers of German, the University of Tennessee Chancellor's Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement in 2009 and, from 2016-18 a Lindsay Young Professorship.
- Ph.D., Princeton University