Assistant Professor of
German, University of Rochester, 2007-present
Professor of German, University of Rochester, 2006-2007
Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, August 2006
Literature, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 1999
and German, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, June 1996
Best Article Prize for "A Few Good Men: Gender, Ideology and Narrative Politics in The Lives of Others and Good Bye, Lenin!”, Women in German, 2010
DAAD Fellowship, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin,
Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2003
Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota,
Assistantship, Geschwister-Scholl Gesamtschule, Göttingen, Germany, 1996-1997
PUBLICATIONS/WORK IN PROGRESS
Mothers, Comrades, and
Outcasts: East German Women’s Films 1965 and Beyond (book manuscript
“Good Bye, Lenin; Hello WTO: Post-Socialist Identity in Hans-Christian Schmid’s Distant Lights” (article in progress).
Visual Culture: Spectacle. Vol. 2. Oxford: Peter Lang. Projected
publication: fall 2014.
"Ulrike Meinhof is Not a Fighting Fuck Toy: The Female Terrorist and/as Spectacle." German Visual Culture: Spectacle. Vol. 2. Oxford: Peter Lang. Projected publication fall 2014. (invited, peer-reviewed)
"Narrating Women's History in Winter adé." DVD liner notes. DEFA Film Library, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: October 2012. (invited)
“A Few Good Men: Gender, Ideology and Narrative
Politics in The Lives of Others and Good Bye, Lenin!” Women in German Yearbook 25 (2009): 100-26. (peer-reviewed)
“Image, Voice and Truth: Narrating
Women’s History in Helke Misselwitz’s Winter adé.” Seminar 43.4 (2007): 411-26. (peer-reviewed)
“Christianopolis: A Woman’s Dystopia?” Focus on Literatur 5 (1998): 73-83.
“Reproduction as Resistance: Motherhood in the East
German Cinema.” Global Film Symposium, Rochester Institute of Technology, April
All My Girls. Introductory Lecture, University of Scranton, November 2012.
Film and Psychoanalysis. Introductory Lecture, Converse College, March 2012.
Ever After? The East German Marital Problem Film.” Focus on the Future Series,
Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, University of
Rochester, November 2011.
"Scenes from a Marriage: Gender, Voice & Romance in East German Film." Research in Progress Series, Department of Modern Languages & Cultures, University of Rochester, March 2011.
“Mad Men and Alpha Wives: Feminism in ‘Post-Feminist’
Culture.” Keynote Address, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women’s Studies
Undergraduate Conference, March 2010.
History: Helke Misselwitz’s Winter adé.” German Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., October
“The Most Important Art?
Lenin and Post-Wende German
Film.” Got Art? Intersections of Art and Politics in German Culture, DAAD
Weekend, Cornell University, September 2008.
"Protest - Widerstand - Absage: Femininity and Terrorism in The Baader-Meinhof Complex." German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, October 2012.
"The Divided Subject: Helke Sander's All-Round Reduced Personality (ReDuPers)." Northeast Modern Language Association, Rochester, March 2012.
"Ich weiß, es wird einmal ein Wunder geschehen": Reassessing DEFA Frauenfilme in a Post-Socialist Culture." German Studies Association Conference, Oakland, October 2010.
Bodies in Ulrich Seidl’s Import Export.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, February 2009.
“Good Bye, Lenin; Hello
WTO: Post-Socialist Identity in Hans-Christian Schmid’s Lichter.” Cinema and Social Change in Germany, University
of Waterloo, May 2008.
Stasi/Bad Stasi? Wiedergutmachung and Vergangenheitsbewältigung in Das Leben
der Anderen.” Northeast Modern Language
Association, Buffalo, April 2008.
Few Good Men (and One Bad Woman): Reading Gender in Donnersmarck’s The Lives
of Others.” SBAI Research Seminar, University
of Rochester, April 2008.
“Women of Steel: Reading East German Women’s
Films.” Humanities Lecture. Research Rochester, October 2008.
“Rebels With a Cause: An Introduction to
East German Film.” Minnesota Humanities Commission Teacher Institute Seminar,
Saint Paul, April 2006.
East Germany: Post-Wende Representations of the GDR.”
Minnesota Humanities Commission Teacher Institute Seminar, Saint Paul, April
Weib. East German Film and the Limits of the Law.” German Studies Association Conference,
Milwaukee, September 2005
Christa Wolf’s Der geteilte Himmel, German Short Prose Course, Gustavus Adolfus College,
St. Peter, Minnesota, December 2004
“Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet: East German Romantic Drama and
the Politics of Everyday Life.” German Studies Association
Conference, New Orleans, September 2003
German Women Before and After the Wende: Definitions of Equality Embedded in
Paid and Unpaid Labor.” East Germany Revisited: Research Perspectives Ten Years
After, Berlin, University
Utrecht, Freie Universität-Berlin, Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, October
“Masochism Shaped by Gender: An Analysis of Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin.” 20th-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February 2000TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Advanced Conversation and Composition (German 200)
Berlin: Tales of a City (German 215/Comparative Literature 101)
Cinema and Revolution: The West German Avant-garde (German 283/Comparative Literature 212/Film and Media Studies 230)
Gender and Sexuality in the 20th century (German 272/Women’s Studies 272/Comparative Literature 222)
Germany Year Zero: Post War German Literature, 1945-89. (GER 256)
Hollywood Behind the Wall: An Introduction to East German Cinema (German 284/ Comparative Literature 212/Film and Media Studies 243)
Introduction to the Art of Cinema. (German 132/FMS 132)
Introduction to German Cultural Studies (German 202)
It’s Alive! The Body in 20th-century German Literature & Film (German 269/Comparative Literature 222A/Film and Media Studies 269/Women’s Studies 269)
Marx & Marxism (German 204/Comparative Literature 282)
Men of Marble, Women of Steel: Introduction to
East European Cinema. (German 285/CLT 217/FMS 247/WST 292)
Mothers, Comrades &
Whores: Women in Post-War German Cinema (German 288/Comparative Literature
212/Film and Media Studies 256/Women’s Studies 288)
Pre-Major Adviser 2007-present
Alison Grenert, English, Ph.D. (committee member) 2013
Hilary Wermers, English, B.A. (honors thesis) 2013
Elizabeth Sciavolino, Stage & Screen Culture, B.A. (honors thesis) 2012
Melanie Zimmermann, Comparative
Literature, M.A. 2008
Ellen Gormans, Comparative
Literature, M.A. 2007
Administrative Committee, College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, University of Rochester, 2013-present.
Curriculum Committee, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender & Women's Studies, University of Rochester, 2013-present.
Co-organizer, Central New York Experimental Film Series (CNYX), University of Rochester and Syracuse University, April 2013.
Panelist, discussion of film Miss Representation, Little Theater, Rochester, March 2012
Guest speaker, discussion of film Miss Representation, 1370 Connection, WXXI radio, March 2012
Reviewer, Women in German Best Article Prize Committee, 2011-present
Berlin Program Coordinator, July 2008, June 2012
MLC Speaker Committee, 2011-present
to Faculty Council, 2008-2010
Film & Media
Studies Executive Committee, 2007-present
Department of Modern Languages & Cultures Undergraduate Conference, April
Assessment Committee, 2009-2011
Member, Susan B. Anthony Institute Co-Sponsorship Committee, 2011-12
Member, Susan B. Anthony Institute Speakers Committee, 2011-2012
Jury member, Gollin Film Festival, University of Rochester, 2010-present
chair, “Bodies & Selves,” Gender and Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary
Graduate Conference, University of Rochester, April 2009
Polish Film Festival, Rochester, November 2008
University of Rochester, Rainer Simon DEFA Filmmaker’s Tour, October 2008.
Lecture, “Women of Steel: Reading East German Women’s Films.” Research Rochester,
German Section Head,
Modern Languages & Cultures Department, 2007-08
Committee, Modern Languages & Cultures Department, 2007-08
Lecture, “The Personal is Political: Reading East German Women’s Films.”
Research Rochester, October 2007.
Panelist, “Women in
the Workplace: The Balancing Act,” Women’s Caucus and Alpha Phi, University of
Rochester, January 2007