Lilla Balint

Lilla Balint is Assistant Professor of German in the Department of German at University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century German literature, culture, and intellectual history in its broader comparative contexts. At UC Berkeley, she is affiliated with the Institute for European Studies and the Jewish Studies Program.

Professor Balint received her Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford University in 2014, where she was recipient of the Ric Weiland Graduate Student Fellowship and Stanford’s Centennial Teaching Award and she was a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she held appointments at Vanderbilt University and Hamilton College.

Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript, “Ruins of Utopia: History, Memory, and the Novel after 1989,” that exposes the afterlife of socialism in contemporary literature. Her other main research project is an exploration of contemporary work through its artistic renderings, both in analogue and digital formats.