Applied linguistics, SLA, language pedagogy, German history, German literature, Jewish history, Yiddish language and literature
German Literature, Contemporary German Minority Literatures, Comparative Literature, Black German History and Culture, transnational feminist theories and literatures, teaching and technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Writing Across the Curriculum, Digital Humanities.
I am an Associate Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. My teaching and research interests include 18th- to 20th-century German literature, the history and culture of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), and German and Nordic film.
19th- and 20th-century poetry and drama in English, German, French; opera; Holocaust history; history of aesthetic theory
I am Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of British Columbia. Prior to my appointment at UBC, I served as Assistant Professor of German and Coordinator of the German Program at Sam Houston State University. I received my Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures and Film & Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis (2015) and hold a B.A. (2007) and M.A. (2009) in German Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I specialize in late-18th to 21st-century German media and cultural history. In particular, my research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures, film history (Imperial Germany, Weimar Germany, cinema of the 60s and 70s), narrative theory, queer theory, and critical pedagogy.
Currently, I am writing a book examining the influence of fluctuating literary markets on authorial agency and narrative form provisionally titled Fragile Literary Cultures in Early Imperial Germany. Part and parcel of this research is my work on a volume titled The Becoming and Afterlife of Literature: Agents in the German Literary Field (co-edited with Vance Byrd).
My scholarship in film studies includes a book project examining the primacy of melodramatic form in the articulation of queer experiences in popular culture and the intellectual sphere of Weimar Germany. In addition, I am completing an article, which examines the queer potential of slapstick in Ernst Lubitsch’s early comedies. This article is part of my work on an edited volume titled An Interdisciplinary Companion to Slapstick Cultures (co-edited with Alena Lyons and under advanced contract with de Gruyter).
In 2016, I co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC). Following DDGC’s inaugural conference March 2017 at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, DDGC has been institutionalized into a biannual conference (the next conference will take place Spring 2019 at St. Olaf College). I also serve as the co-editor of DDGC’s official blog.
I received my PhD from McGill University in June 2017 after completing my dissertation, Out of Line: Print and Materiality in the West German Protest Movement. At present I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of German at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where I will be teaching courses in German language as well as an upper-level interdisciplinary seminar titled: “Protest: West Germany, 1968.” My research interests include theories of media, materiality, performativity, protest and visual culture. I am an avid radio/podcast listener and enjoy the great outdoors where and when I can.
German literature and culture
film, media, visual culture
new media art and aesthetic
intellectual history from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century
medieval and early modern literature and cultural history, including gender issues, xenology, and ecocriticism, history of tolerance, interdisciplinarity, history of mentality and emotions
Hungarian literature and culture; Hungarian folklore
I hold a doctorate in Comp. Lit. with interests in Hungarian, English and German primarily and have taught both in the US and Hungary. I was on the staff of the Library of Congress but am now retired. My primary interest is literary history.