Educational Bckground

  • 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


"Rejecting a 'Fortress Europe': How German-Polish Borderland Films of the Early 2000s Foreshadowed Trajectories at European Borders Today" (in preparation)

"Carl Laemmle's Protégés: Everyday-Life in Exile after Escaping Nazi Germany with an Affidavit from Hollywood's Film Mogul" (in preparation)

"Film as Pedagogy in late Weimar Cinema: Mobilized Masses and Total Control in the Streets of Dudow's Kuhle Wampe and Lang's M" (in preparation)

"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, forthcoming).

"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).

"Beyond the Heimatfilm Genre: Criticizing the 1950s Urban Reconstruction in Germany in Ottomar Domnick's Jonas (1957)" in: Selected Proceedings of the 2010 Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film, ed. Will Lehman. (Boca Raton: BrownWalker Press, 2010).

"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).

"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).


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