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Leon Levy Center for Biography (logo)Established with a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation in 2007 as a hub for writers, scholars, students, teachers, and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography at The Graduate Center, CUNY builds connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across disciplines and cultivates important discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time. Learn more about the Leon Levy Center for Biography


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“The Leon Levy Fellowship changed my life entirely… The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 was the illustrated biography I wrote because the fellowship gave me the confidence to risk writing a ‘collage biography’ of an 18th-century collage artist.”

—Molly Peacock, 2008–2009 fellow, author of The Paper Garden (McClelland & Stewart, 2010).

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New MA in Biography & Memoir to begin in Fall of 2019

In Fall 2019, the Graduate Center will inaugurate a M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir.  Students in the program will benefit from the intellectual life of the Leon Levy Center for Biography.  Merit scholarships are available.


The Sloan Foundation Funds Science Biography Fellowship

The Leon Levy Center for Biography has been awarded a three-year grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund a $72,000 annual fellowship dedicated to biographies of scientists. 


Kai Bird Reviews “The Apprentice” by Greg Miller

Leon Levy Center Executive Director Kai Bird has published a new review of Greg Miller’s new book, “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy”, in The Washington Post. The book provides “A comprehensive account of Russia’s scheming in the 2016 election”. Read the review


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