Curriculum Vita

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

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

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


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

Nominee, Professor of the Year, Students' Association Government, University of Rochester, 2015

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

The Body. German Visual Culture. Vol. 5. Co-edited with Thomas O. Haakenson. Oxford: Peter Lang, (forthcoming 2017).

Mothers, Comrades, & Outcasts in East German Women’s Film. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2016.

Spectacle. German Visual Culture. Vol. 2. Co-edited with Thomas O. Haakenson. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015.

"Gudrun 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.


WORK IN PROGRESS

“Gendered Spectacle: The Liberated Gaze in Der Strass,” co-authored with Sebastian Heiduschke. (invited, under review at Camden House)

The Story of the “East German Kids”: History, Race, Nostalgia, and Neocolonialism in Namibia. (documentary film in pre-production, co-produced with Sebastian Heiduschke)

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

The Madness of Normality”: Abject Bodies and Contained Mobility in the Films of Ulrich Seidl." (essay in progress).


INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Keynote address, Commencement Ceremony (Modern Languages & Cultures), May 2016

“Socialist Feminism: Luxemburg and Kollontai.” Introductory Lecture, Converse College, March 2016.

“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.

Keynote address, Commencement Ceremony (Modern Languages & Cultures), May 2016

"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, Sexuality & 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 Undergraduate Conference, University of Rochester, 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.

“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

"Christa Wolf’s Der geteilte Himmel." Guest Lecture, German Short Prose (German 257), 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


COMMUNITY LECTURES & PANELS

College of Arts & Sciences

Panelist, post-screening discussion, On Film: Queer Longings, December 2016

Introductory remarks, "Breaking the Frame" with Carolee Schneemann and Marielle Nitoslawska, November 2014

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


Modern Languages & Cultures, University of Rochester

“Censorship,” invited lecture, Comparative Literature 101E, University of Rochester, March 2016.

“Scenes from a Marriage: Gender, Voice & Romance in East German Film,” Research in Progress Series, March 2011.

Presentation, “Using media in the language classroom,” Teaching Workshop, August 2008


Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies [SBAI], University of Rochester

Panel chair, Transparent Symposium, December 2016

Panelist, post-screening discussion of Sworn Virgin, SBAI Women's History Month Film Series, The Little Theater, March 2016

Panelist, “Motherhood in Film,” Ideas Matter – WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, May 2014

Panelist, post-screening discussion of The Last Clinic, SBAI Women's History Month Film Series, The Little Theater, March 2013

Panelist, post-screening discussion of Forbidden Voices, SBAI Women's History Month Film Series, The Little Theater, March 2013

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

Panelist, post-screening discussion of Miss Representation, SBAI Women's History Month Film Series, The Little Theater, March 2012

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

“Happily Ever After? The East German Marital Problem Film.” Focus on the Future Series, SBAI, November 2011.

Mad Men and Alpha Wives: Feminism in ‘Post-Feminist’ Culture.” Keynote Address, SBAI Undergraduate Conference, March 2010.

Panel chair, “Bodies & Selves,” SBAI Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, April 2009

“A Few Good Men (and One Bad Woman): Reading Gender in Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others.” SBAI Research Seminar, April 2008.


Teaching Experience

Advanced Conversation and Composition (German 200), fall 2008

Berlin: Tales of a City (German 215/Comparative Literature 101), fall 2011, 2013

Cinema and Revolution: The West German Avant-garde (German 283/Comparative Literature 212/Film & Media Studies 230), spring 2007, 2009, 2013

Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (German 282/Film & Media Studies 255/Comparative Literature 272), fall 2014

Gender and Sexuality in the 20th Century (German 272/Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies 272/Comparative Literature 222), spring 2009, fall 2006, 2012

Germany Year Zero: Post-War German Literature, 1945-89. (German 256), spring 2012, spring 2016

Hollywood Behind the Wall: An Introduction to East German Cinema (German 284/ Comparative Literature 212/Film & Media Studies 243), fall 2006

Introduction to the Art of Cinema. (German 132/Film & Media Studies 132), spring 2011, fall 2015

Introduction to German Cultural Studies (German 202), spring 2007, 2008, 2009

It’s Alive! The Body in 20th-century German Literature & Film (German 269/Comparative Literature 222A/Film & Media Studies 269/

Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies 269), fall 2007

Marx & Marxism (German 204/Comparative Literature 282), fall 2007, spring 2012, spring 2014

Men of Marble, Women of Steel: Introduction to East European Cinema. (German 285/Comparative Literature 217/Film & Media Studies 247/Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies 292), fall 2008, 2012, spring 2015

Mothers, Comrades & Whores: Women in Post-War German Cinema (German 288/Comparative Literature 212/Film & Media Studies 256/Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies 288), spring 2008, 2011, fall 2013, spring 2016

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

Women’s Studies Colloquium (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies 200), spring 2015

 

 Advising

Undergraduate Adviser (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies), 2013-present

Undergraduate Adviser (German), 2008-present

Pre-Major Adviser, 2007-2015


Daniel Stächelin, Literary Translation Studies, M.A. 2016

Erin Palombi, Literary Translation Studies, M.A. 2016

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 & 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 and Local Community

Member, Women’s History Month Film Series committee, The Little Theater, 2016-17

Co-Organizer with Sebastian Heiduschke (Oregon State University), dasfilmfest, The Little Theater, October 2016

Co-organizer with Bradley Boovy (Oregon State University), Seminar: Materialism, Affect & Queer Relationality in German Studies, German Studies Association Conference, San Diego, October 2016

Peer Reviewer, Camden House, 2016

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

 

Service at the University of Rochester

College of Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Committee, 2015-present

Administrative Committee, 2013-15

Fulbright Committee, 2013, 2016


Film & Media Studies

Executive Committee, 2007-present

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

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

Panelist, Polish Film Festival, Rochester, November 2008


Modern Languages & Cultures

Chair, Speakers Committee, 2016-present

Cologne Fellowship Coordinator (bi-annually since 2009)

Berlin Program Coordinator, 2008, 2011

Speakers Committee, 2011-present

Assessment Committee, 2009-2011

Representative to UR Academic Open House, spring 2008-present

Representative to Faculty Council, 2008-2010

Chair, MLC Undergraduate Conference, April 2009

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

German Section Head, 2007-08

Study Abroad Committee, 2007-08


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

Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2015-present

Co-Sponsorship Committee, 2011-2012

Speakers Committee, 2011-2012

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

 

Professional Development

Participant, Grant Writing in the Humanities, University of Rochester, May 2016

Participant, DEFA Summer Film Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, July 2015


Professional Organizations

German Studies Association

Society for Cinema & Media Studies

Women in German