Esther Leslie is professor of political aesthetics in the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. She has research interests in Marxist theories of aesthetics and culture, with a particular focus on the work of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno. Other research interests include European literary and visual modernism, the 'everyday' and value, memory and history, madness and expression and digital aesthetics.
Esther Leslie is author of Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism (2000), Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-garde (2002), Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art and the Chemical Industry (2005), and Walter Benjamin (2007). Her translations include Georg Lukacs, A Defence of 'History and Class Consciousness' (2002) and Walter Benjamin: The Archives (2007).
She is actively involved in editing three journals, Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory, Radical Philosophy, and Revolutionary History.