Fatima Naqvi completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Dartmouth College and Harvard University. Since 2019, she is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale University; from 2000–2019, she taught at Rutgers University. In 2013, she was Fulbright Professor at the Center for Intermediality Studies at the Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz.
She is also a board member of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) and serves on the jury for the Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize. She is co-editor of Volltext – Zeitschrift für Literatur and consulting editor for Recherche – Zeitung für Wissenschaft. She is co-editor-in-chief of the international edition of Investigations, a journal devoted to intellectual exchange between the Anglo-American and German-speaking world.
Her teaching interests include 19th, 20th, and 21st century German culture, the intersection of fine art and literature, European art film, as well as architectural and spatial theory. One current research project focuses on the topic of fremdschämen—the sense of shame for another—in contemporary media culture. In her work-in-progress on the “ethics of embarrassment,” she devotes special attention to the works of Ulrich Seidl, Erwin Wurm, and Elfriede Jelinek. A second project delves into the problem of generosity and environmental consciousness in recent documentary films.