Jane O. Newman is Director of European Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at UC-Irvine.  Most recently she is translator of Time, History, and Literature: Selected Essays of Erich Auerbach (Princeton, 2014), and is at work on a book on Auerbach and the idea of Europe. She is the leading Auerbach scholar in the US. She is also author of Benjamin’s Library: Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque (Cornell, 2011);  The Intervention of Philology: Gender, Learning, and Power in Lohenstein's Roman Plays (North Carolina, 2000);  Pastoral Conventions: Poetry, Language and Thought in Seventeenth-Century Nuremberg (Johns Hopkins , 1990). She is the editor of the  forthcoming Brill Companion to Renaissance and Early Modern Germany.  She serves as Vice President of the Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature (MLA Affiliate Organization) and has been a fellow at the  Zentrum für Kultur- und Literaturforschung( Berlin) and the Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien (Berlin).