Curriculum Vita

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Assistant Professor of German, University of Rochester, 2007-14

Associate Professor of German, University of Rochester, 2015-present


EDUCATION

Ph.D.            Germanic Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, August 2006

M.A.              German Literature, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 1999           

B.A.               English and German, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, June 1996


AWARDS, DISTINCTIONS, FELLOWSHIPS

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, Germany, 2002-2003

Humanities Institute Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2003

Graduate Fellowship, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota, 1999-2000

Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, Geschwister-Scholl Gesamtschule, Göttingen, Germany, 1996-1997


PUBLICATIONS/WORK IN PROGRESS

Mothers, Comrades & Outcasts: East German Women’s Films 1965 and Beyond. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.

“Good Bye, Lenin; Hello WTO: Post-Socialist Identity in Hans-Christian Schmid’s Distant Lights” (article in progress).

Co-editor, Spectacle. German Visual Culture. Vol. 2. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015.

"Ulrike Meinhof is Not a Fighting Fuck Toy: The Female Terrorist and/as Spectacle." Spectacle. German Visual Culture. Vol. 2. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015. 187-216. (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.


INVITED PRESENTATIONS

“Marxism and Feminism.” Introductory Lecture, Converse College, April 2014.

“Reproduction as Resistance:  Motherhood in the East German Cinema.” Global Film Symposium, Rochester Institute of Technology, April 2014.

All My Girls. Introductory Lecture, University of Scranton, November 2012.

Film and Psychoanalysis. Introductory Lecture, Converse College, March 2012.

“Happily 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.

“‘Documenting’ Women’s History: Helke Misselwitz’s Winter adé.” German Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., October 2009.

Humanities Lecture, “Women of Steel: Reading East German Women’s Films.” Research Rochester, October 2008.

“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.


SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

“Sex Work: Aesthetics and Politics.” Seminar: New Feminist and Queer Approaches to German Studies. German Studies Association Conference, Washington DC, October 2015.

“Sex and/as Work.” Women in German Conference, University of Calgary/Banff, October 2015.

“Paradise Lost: Family, Alienation and Affect in Ulrich Seidl’s Paradies Trilogy.” German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City 2014.

"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.

“Kino-Eye: Observing 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.

“Good Stasi/Bad Stasi? Wiedergutmachung and Vergangenheitsbewältigung in Das Leben der Anderen.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, April 2008.

“A 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. 

“The Personal is Political: Reading East German Women’s Films.” Humanities Lecture, Research Rochester, October 2007.

“Rebels With a Cause: An Introduction to East German Film.” Minnesota Humanities Commission Teacher Institute Seminar, Saint Paul, April 2006.

“Imagining East Germany: Post-Wende Representations of the GDR.” Minnesota Humanities Commission Teacher Institute Seminar, Saint Paul, April 2006.

Lots Weib. East German Film and the Limits of the Law.” German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, September 2005

Guest Lecture, 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

“East 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 2000

“Masochism Shaped by Gender: An Analysis of Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin.” 20th-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February 2000


TEACHING 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)

New Austrian Cinema (German 286/Comparative Literature 286/Film and Media Studies 262), fall 2015

Women’s Studies Colloquium (Women’s Studies 200), spring 2015


ADVISING

Pre-Major Adviser 2007-present

German Undergraduate Adviser, 2008-present

Women’s Studies Undergraduate Adviser, 2014-present

Olga Tchepikova, Comparative Literature, M.A. 2015

Jonathan Strassfeld, History, Ph.D. (committee member) 2015-present

Lyle Rubin, History, Ph.D. (committee member) 2015-present

Lina Zigelyte, Visual and Cultural Studies, Ph.D. (committee member) 2014-present

Alison Grenert, English, Ph.D. (committee member) 2013-present

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


Service for the Profession

Chair, Women in German Best Article Prize Committee, 2011-2014


Service at the University of Rochester

College of Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Committee, College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, 2015-present.

Administrative Committee, College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, 2013-15.

Fulbright Committee, 2013

Panelist, Polish Film Festival, Rochester, November 2008

Panelist, “Women in the Workplace: The Balancing Act,” Women’s Caucus and Alpha Phi, University of Rochester, January 2007

 

Film & Media Studies

Co-organizer, Central New York Experimental Film Series (CNYX), University of Rochester and Syracuse University, April 2013

Film & Media Studies Executive Committee, 2007-present

Jury member, Gollin Film Festival, University of Rochester, April 2010, 2015

Panelist, Polish Film Festival, Rochester, November 2008

Organizer, University of Rochester, Rainer Simon DEFA Filmmaker’s Tour, October 2008.


Modern Languages & Cultures

Cologne Fellowship Coordinator (bi-annually since 2009)

Berlin Program Coordinator, (bi-annually since 2008)

MLC Speaker Committee, 2011-present

MLC Representative to Faculty Council, 2008-2010

Chair, Department of Modern Languages & Cultures Undergraduate Conference, April 2009

MLC Assessment Committee, 2009-2011

Organizer, University of Rochester, Rainer Simon DEFA Filmmaker’s Tour, October 2008.

MLC Representative to UR Academic Open House, spring 2008-present

German Section Head, Modern Languages & Cultures Department, 2007-08

Study Abroad Committee, Modern Languages & Cultures Department, 2007-08

 

Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies

Chair, Curriculum Committee, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender & Women's Studies, 2013-present.

Susan B. Anthony Institute Co-Sponsorship Committee, 2011-2012

Susan B. Anthony Institute Speakers Committee, 2011-2012

Panelist, post-screening discussion of The Last ClinicSBAI Women's History Month Film Series, University of Rochester, March 2013

Panelist, post-screening discussion of Forbidden Voices, SBAI Women's History Month Film Series, University of Rochester, March 2013

Panelist, post-screening discussion of The Motherhood Archives, SBAI Women's History Month Film Series, University of Rochester, March 2013

Panelist, post-screening discussion of Miss RepresentationSBAI Women's History Month Film Series, University of Rochester, March 2012

Guest speaker, discussion of film Miss Representation, 1370 Connection, WXXI radio, March 2012

Panel chair, “Bodies & Selves,” Gender and Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Rochester, April 2009

Panelist, “Women in the Workplace: The Balancing Act,” Women’s Caucus and Alpha Phi, University of Rochester, January 2007 


Professional Organizations

German Studies Association

Society for Cinema & Media Studies

Women in German