PhD, German Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1995;
MA, German Literature, University of Washington, 1991;
BA, European History, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Professor and Chair of Culture & Media, Director of Screen StudiesProfile:
Having spent a formative period of my youth in Stockholm, Sweden—and a good chunk of my student years and adult life in Munich, Berlin, and Vienna-—my intellectual orientation has been largely tilted toward the orbit of Western and Central European ideas of the twentieth and twenty-first century. In recent years, I have become more intensely focused on the study of film (European and American alike), while my work as a literary and cultural critic has been as varied to include essays and reviews on contemporary German and Austrian literature, Swedish poetry, war photography, Critical Theory, film history, and biography.Courses Taught:
- Casablanca: Movie, Legend, Lore: Fall 2012
- Introduction to Screen Studies: Fall 2011, 2012
- Film Criticism and Theory: Spring 2012
- The Road Movie: Spring 2012
- Everybody Comes to Rick’s: How ‘Casablanca’ Taught the World to Love Movies (New York: W.W. Norton, in progress)
- Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2014)
- Editor, Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009) **A 2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title**
- Detour (London: British Film Institute, 2008)
- Editor and translator, with a critical introduction, The Face of East European Jewry by Arnold Zweig (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004).
- Between Redemption and Doom: The Strains of German-Jewish Modernism (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1999; paperback edition 2008).
- “February 4, 1930: Menschen am Sonntag Provides a New Model of Cinematic Realism,” in A New History of German Cinema, ed. Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael Richardson (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012), 202-207.
- “This Pen For Hire: Siegfried Kracauer as American Cultural Critic,” in Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer, ed. Gerd Gemünden and Johannes von Moltke (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2012), 29-41.
- “Tales of Buffalo Billy,” Los Angeles Review of Books, 27 March 2012.
- "Fatih Akin's Cinema of Intersections," Film Quarterly 64:4 (Summer 2011): 53-61.
- "Young People Like Us," booklet essay (liner notes) for The Criterion Collection's DVD release of People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag), 28 June 2011, pp 6-13.
- "A Matter of Memory", The Nation, (4 October 2010): 34-36.
- “Muse on the Rialto” (Rev. of Stephen Barber, Abandoned Images: Film and Film’s End), Times Literary Supplement, 23 June 2010, 18.
- “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” The Threepenny Review (Summer 2009): 5-7.
- “Walter Benjamin Forever,” The Nation (3 November 2008): 34-36.
- “Theory Out of Bounds,” Raritan 27.1 (Summer 2007): 82-103.
- “Permanent Vacation: Home and Homelessness in the Life and Work of Edgar G. Ulmer,” Caught by Politics: Hitler Exiles and American Visual Culture in the 1930s and 1940s, eds. Sabine Eckmann and Lutz Koepnick (New York: Palgrave, 2007) 175-94.
- “Fighting the Abyss” (review essay on Peter Weiss, The Aesthetics of Resistance), The Nation (17 October 2005): 38-40.
- “Dresden Mon Amour,” Bookforum (Summer 2005): 4-8. Reprinted, in Greek translation, in Epikentra (November 2005).
- “Cinematic Smoke: Notes on a Cultural Icon from Weimar to Hollywood,” Smoke: A Global History of Smoking, eds. Xun Zhou and Sander L. Gilman (London: Reaktion Books, 2004) 248-55.
- “Lone Ranger” (film review essay on Edgar G. Ulmer’s Ruthless and his centennial), The New Republic Online Edition, 8 September 2004.
- “Perennial Detour: The Cinema of Edgar G. Ulmer and the Experience of Exile,” Cinema Journal 43.2 (Winter 2004): 3-25.
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal ArtsPhone Number/Extension:
65 West 11th Street, Room 461
New York, New York 10011
212-229-5100 x2405Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Interests:
German Modernism, Fin-de-siècle Vienna, Exile, Emigrés in Hollywood, Film Noir, Frankfurt School, Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema, American Independent Cinema and Classical HollywoodProfessional Affiliations:
- Book Review Editor, Film Quarterly
- PEN American Center
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies
- German Studies Association
Awards and Honors:
- “‘The Capra of PRC’: Edgar G. Ulmer’s Cycle of B-Pictures at Producers Releasing Corporation, 1942-46,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 21-25 March 2012.
- “Revisiting ‘The Decent German’: Siegfried Kracauer's Critique of Postwar German Film,” Clark University, Worcester, MA, 13 March 2012.
- “Siegfried Kracauer as American Freelance Critic,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 10-13 March 2011
- "Back in Black: The Place of Edgar G. Ulmer in the Pantheon of Film Noir," Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, 14 October 2009.
- “Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday, 1930) as Cinematic Feuilleton,” Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association, Washington, DC, 9-11 October 2009.
- "This Pen for Hire: The American Criticism of Siegfried Kracauer," Looking after Siegfried Kracauer--An International Conference, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 7-8 November, 2008.
- "An Ethnic Intermezzo: Edgar G. Ulmer’s Foray into Minority Cinema of the 1930s,” Ulmerfest 2006, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 15 September 2006.
- “Walter Benjamin in America,” Christie’s Education, New York, 3 May 2006.
- “Of Monsters and Magicians” (Keynote Address), Beyond Memorials: New Perspectives in German-Jewish Culture, University of Pennsylvania, 5 February 2006.
- “Fishke out of Water: Edgar G. Ulmer’s Cycle of Yiddish Films,” Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies, University of Florida, 19 January 2006.
- “Romancing the Shtetl: On the Visual and Rhetorical Flourishes of The Face of East European Jewry (1920),” Elective Affinities: Seventh International Conference on Word & Image Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 23-27 September 2005.
- “Toward an Understanding of German-Jewish Modernism,” After Memory? New Directions in German-Jewish Cultural Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, 20 April 2005.
- Panel Presentation of Arnold Zweig, The Face of East European Jewry, featuring Liliane Weissberg, Jeffrey Shandler and Tom Freudenheim, Center for Jewish History (joint-sponsored by the YIVO Institute and the Leo Baeck Institute), 14 December 2004.
- Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, Conference Grant, Fall 2012
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Fellowship, Berlin, Germany, 2008-09
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for College Teachers, Jan-July 2003
- Fulbright/IFK Visiting Scholar in Cultural Studies, Vienna, Austria, March-June 2003
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Grant, fall 2002
- Feuchtwanger Memorial Library Grant in Exile Studies, Los Angeles, CA, January 2002
- DAAD Summer Seminar in German Studies, Einstein Forum, Germany, Summer 1998
- DAAD/AICGS Summer Humanities Grant, Washington, DC, Summer 1997
- Fulbright Summer Seminar in German Studies, Germany, Summer 1996
- Phi Beta Kappa