Edward Dimendberg is a consultant, editor, scholar, and teacher who utilizes an unusual set of skills and a unique background in scholarly publishing and higher education to help authors, academic administrators, and graduate students in his consulting practice, editorial work, seminars, and workshops. He received his B.A. from Brown University, his M.A. from New York University, and his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dimendberg is Professor of Humanities and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and also has taught at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and UCLA.


From 1990 to 1998, Dimendberg was Sponsoring Editor in Film, Philosophy, and the Humanities at the UCLA office of the University of California Press, where he published more than 130 books by authors including Richard Abel, John Alton, Reyner Banham, Edward Casey, Arthur Danto, Anne Friedberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Jay, Craig Owens, Bernhard Schlink, and Jeanne Schroeder. For a list of his book acquisitions at University of California Press, click here. He is a co-editor (with Anton Kaes and Martin Jay) of The Weimar Republic Sourcebook (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994), and of the Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism book series, whose fortieth volume has been published. Today he serves as a member of the Faculty Editorial Committee of the University of California Press.

Dimendberg has received fellowships from the German Fulbright Commission, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Graham Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna. In 2009, he was a University of California President's Fellow in the Humanities and the Daimler Fellow in residence at the American Academy in Berlin. That same year, he served as an external nominator for the Fellowship program of the John D. and Catharine T. MacArthur Foundation. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Chair of the Millard Meiss book prize administered by the College Art Association.


Dimendberg publishes on the relation of the mass media to the built environment in numerous journals, collections, and exhibition catalogues and has lectured widely on publishing, film, and design at conferences, museums, and architecture schools in Europe and North America. His book Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity was published in 2004 by Harvard University Press and received the honorable mention for the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize awarded annually by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. In 2013, the University of Chicago Press published his book Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture After Images, a historical monograph on an architecture studio widely admired for its buildings and multimedia projects.


In 2008, he served together with M. Christine Boyer of Princeton University as Co-Director of the Urban Visual Studies Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship workshop sponsored by the Social Science Research Council. From 2005 to 2008 he was the first Multimedia Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. He served on the advisory board of the Society of Architectural Historians Architectural Online Resources Archive (SAHARA), funded by the Mellon Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals October and Modernism and Modernity and has been Editor at large at University of Minnesota Press. For a list of his manuscript acquisitions at Minnesota, click here.


Dimendberg currently serves on the board of the FlashPoints electronic book series published by Northwestern University Press that strives to address the current crisis in scholarly publishing by the development of a model of simultaneous electronic and print publication. He actively follows online and electronic publishing and is committed to the development of new paradigms of scholarly communication which manifest high editorial standards while increasing the accessibility of scholarship and the speed with which it appears. He currently is a member of the Publications Committee of the Modern Language Association. He has served as Chair of the UC Irvine campus Council on Research, Computing, and Libraries and as a member of the UC systemwide University Committee on Research Policy.