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.