Curriculum Vita

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

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

Visiting Assistant Professor of German, University of Rochester, 2006-2007

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, and Outcasts: East German Women’s Films 1965 and Beyond (book manuscript under review).

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

Co-editor, German 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.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

“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.

“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

"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. 

“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)

ADVISING

Pre-Major Adviser 2007-present

German Undergraduate Adviser, 2008-present

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

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

SERVICE

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.

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

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

Reviewer, Women in German Best Article Prize Committee, 2011-present

Cologne Fellowship Coordinator, 2008-present

Berlin Program Coordinator, July 2008, June 2012

MLC Speaker Committee, 2011-present

MLC Representative to Faculty Council, 2008-2010

Film & Media Studies Executive Committee, 2007-present

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

MLC 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

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

Panelist, Polish Film Festival, Rochester, November 2008

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

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

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

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

Humanities 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