Liel Leibovitz (born 1976, Tel Aviv) is an Israeli-American journalist, author, media critic and video game scholar. Leibovitz was born in Tel Aviv, immigrated to the United States in 1999, and earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2007. In 2014 he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.
Early life and education
Leibovitz was born in Israel to Iris and Rony Leibovitz. His father, born into a wealthy family, became known in Israel as the "Motorcycle Bandit" who robbed 21 banks and served 8 years in prison during his son's childhood. Leibovitz visited his father weekly while he was in prison, and his family suffered financially after his father's incarceration. When he was about 9 he became very interested in the United States, particularly after visiting relatives there. He received his B.A. from Tel Aviv University and after moving to New York City, he received an M.S. in journalism and a Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University.
Leibovitz was a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Spokesperson’s Unit of the Israel Defense Forces. He attended the film school at the University of Tel Aviv before moving to New York. He worked at a hardware store and then at the Israeli Consulate as a senior press officer, producing "Israel Line," a daily summary of significant news taken directly from Israeli media. He served as culture editor of Jewish Week, and has written for The Nation, as well as for The New Republic.
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- A broken hallelujah: rock and roll, redemption, and the life of Leonard Cohen, (2014) Norton
- God in the machine: video games as spiritual pursuit, (2014) Templeton Press
- Fortunate sons: the 120 Chinese boys who came to America, went to school, and revolutionized an ancient civilization with Matthew Miller, (2011) Norton
- Lili Marlene: the soldiers' song of World War II, (2009) Norton
- Thinking inside the box: towards and ontology of video games (2007)
- Aliya: three generations of American-Jewish immigration to Israel, (2006) St. Martin's Press
- "Q&A With Liel Leibovitz, Author Of A Broken Hallelujah". Heck Of A Guy – The Other Leonard Cohen Site. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- Liel Leibovitz Talks Seriously About Video Games NYU Steinhardt, April 13, 2012
- "Liel Leibovitz". NYU.edu. New York University. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- Hornaday, Ann (4 April 2014). "Review: 'A Broken Hallelujah: The Life of Leonard Cohen,' by Liel Leibovitz". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "Liel Leibovitz 'Aliya: Three Generations of American-Jewish Immigration to Israel' Macmillan, 2007, p. 275
- Liel Leibovitz (October 19, 2008). "How Israel Put Its Most Notorious Bank Robber on a Stamp". Haaretz.
- Going Postal Tablet Magazine, Oct 17, 2008
- "Sandy Brawarsky, The Jewish Week, "Giving Up America" January 11, 2006
- Liel Leibovitz Ph.D. to speak at WMA Commencement WMA, April 24, 2012
- 2014-2015 National Security Fellows Defend Democracy, accessed 28 April 2015
- To move or not to move a monumental decision Jewish Daily Forward, February 3, 2006
- Liel Leibovitz The Nation, May 2015
- MOMA applied design exhibit mistakes video games for art The New Republic, March 13, 2013
- About Liel Leibovotz Ameinu, January 10, 2010
-  Tablet Magazine, 2 December 2011
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