Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She is currently Associate Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures at the University of Rochester, where she is also Affiliate Faculty in the Film & Media Studies Program and Associate Faculty in the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies. Her research and teaching interests include late 20th-century German literature, film and culture; cinema studies; Marxist and feminist theories. She has published and presented on East German, Austrian and post-unification cinema. Jennifer’s current research explores the critical impulses in East German women’s films, and the revolutionary and reactionary aspects of post-unification representations of the East.