Harold Slamovitz was born in Baltimore. He holds a BA from the University of Maryland, a BHL from Baltimore Hebrew University, an MA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MA and PhD from Indiana University. He teaches German, French, English, and Communication at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to teaching at Juilliard, he was on the faculties of Gustavus Adolphus College and Louisiana State University.
Slamovitz is active as a translator for UN agencies and international NGOs. He is a member of the translator roster for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and has worked on project documents that focus on governance, disaster relief funding, criminal justice reform, and AIDS. He has published translations for Ashoka on social entrepreneurship and for the City of Asylum on human rights. In addition, he has edited documents for the UN Equator Initiative and the UN Trust Fund and served as final editor for UN volunteer service nominations. He has been on the Juilliard faculty since 1988.