Associate Professor of German | 2020-2021 German Program Coordinator
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Kidder Hall

Kidder Hall 218

2000 SW Campus Way

2000 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D. German Cultural Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2006)
M.A. German, University of Florida (2001)
Akademische Zwischenprüfung German Literature, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany (1998)
Akademische Zwischenprüfung American Literature, Otto-Friedrich-Universität, Bamberg, Germany (1997)

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I joined Oregon State University in 2008 after a one-year visiting appointment at Montana State University. I hold a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. from the University of Florida, and two BA equivalent degrees in English (Otto Friedrich Universität Bamberg, Germany) and in German (Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich, Germany). At OSU I am Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, and Affiliate Faculty in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. I served as the Coordinator of the World Languages and Cultures Program from July 2013 to March 2015.

Film is my passion. I am the author of East German Cinema: DEFA and Film History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and the co-editor (with Sean Allan) of Re-imagining DEFA. East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Context (Berghahn, 2015), and I am completing my next book From Boring to Booming: Fan Cultures of East Germany’s DEFA Cinema. My essays about German film have appeared in journals and edited volumes such as German Studies Review, Monatshefte, Seminar, A New History of German Cinema, Colloquia Germanica, and In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000. I also teach film courses such as Masterpieces of German Cinema, International Film Festival, The Divided Screen, Austrian Cinema, and many more. I am the co-founder and curator of the OSU International Film Festival, the founder of the Spanish Film Festival, and the curator of many film series and screenings of internationally acclaimed films. I am also on the programming committee of the Portland German Film Festival. You can find me at the Darkside Cinema.

At OSU I have developed the curriculum of the very first online major in German in North America (perhaps even world-wide). Stay tuned about more on online language teaching.


Affiliated with: 
World Language & Cultures
Research/Career Interests: 

(East) German cinema, fan studies, online learning, language pedagogy

My Publications

In Press

Book Chapter

Heiduschke, Sebastian, and Prats David. Building And Sustaining Language Degrees Online: The Case Of German And Spanish. Online Language Teaching Research. Corvallis: OSU Press, In Press. Print. Online Language Teaching Research.