Educational Background

  • M.A. American Studies and German Studies, Heinrich Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Ph.D. German Studies, University of California Davis

Research Interests

  • 20th century literature and film
  • contemporary German culture, postwar Berlin
  • film history, film theory, world cinema
  • representations of cities in film and literature
  • graffiti and street art

Selected Publications


"Film as Pedagogy in Late Weimar and Early Nazi Cinema: The Role of the Street in Mobilizing the Spectator" in Continuity and Crisis in German Cinema 1928-1936, eds. Barbara Hales, Valerie Weinstein and Mihaela Petrescu (Rochester: Camden House, forthcoming). 28 pages.  

"Rejecting a 'Fortress Europe': How German-Polish Borderland Films of the Early 2000s Foreshadowed Trajectories at European Borders Today" in Studies in European Cinema (New York: Routledge, forthcoming). 22 pages. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/17411548.2015.1036622.

"Carl Laemmle's Protégés: Everyday-Life in Exile after Escaping Nazi Germany with an Affidavit from Hollywood's Film Mogul" in: Exile and Everyday Life (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies.) Volume 16, eds. Anthony Grenville and Andrea Hammel (Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 2015). 85-106.

"Critical Voices from the Underground: Street Art and Urban Transformation in Berlin" in: Envisioning Social Justice in Early Twenty-First Century German Culture, eds. Axel Hildebrandt and Jill Twark (Rochester: Camden House, 2015). 119-141.

"21 June And 30 August 1957: Jonas and Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser Link Urban Reconstruction to National Cinema in Both West and East" in: A New History of German Cinema, eds. Michael Richardson and Jennifer Kapczynski. (Rochester: Camden House, 2012). 365-371.

"Beyond the Heimatfilm Genre: Criticizing the 1950s Urban Reconstruction in Germany in Ottomar Domnick's Jonas (1957)" in: Cultural Perspectives on Film, Literature and Language. Selected Proceedings of the 19th Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literature, and Film, ed. Will Lehman and Margit Grieb. (Boca Raton: BrownWalker Press, 2010). 145-162.

"Protesting the Globalized Metropolis: The Local as Counterspace in Recent Berlin Literature" in: Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture, eds. Jaimey Fisher and Barbara Mennel (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010). 189-209.

"Gerhard Klein's Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser (1957): The Role of the Urban Setting in East Germany's Quest for a New Identity" in: From Weimar to Christiania: German and Scandinavian Studies in Context, eds. Florence Feiereisen and Kyle Frackman (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007). 76-88.


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