Film and Media Theory and History, Early Cinema, German Cinema, Film and Science, Aesthetic and Critical Theory
I have studied Film, German Literature and Philosophy in Kiel, Berlin, Seattle and Chicago and received my Ph.D. degree in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago in 2011. Since then, I have been Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at UNC. My research focuses on the history of film theory, intersections of film, science and philosophy, and the place of the moving image within aesthetic theory. As a consequence, I am interested in a variety of genres, styles, and periods, such as 1920s cinema, melodrama, the global new wave cinemas, and contemporary global art cinema. I have written essays on Russian montage cinema, German abstract cinema, the interrelation of German biology and film theory in the 1920s, the question of mood and coldness in melodrama, French film theory and evolution, and contemporary German cinema. I am currently finishing a book entitled Cinematic Vitalism: Film, Theory, and the Question of Life which engages with the role of vitalist conceptions of life in German and French aesthetic theory, philosophy, and theory of biology for film theory and practice from the 1910s-60s.
My teaching interests span across film history and include undergraduate lecture courses and seminars on the history of global cinema, Weimar cinema, melodrama, and contemporary German and Austrian cinema. My classes often combine film, literature, philosophy and theory. On the graduate level, I have taught seminars on Frankfurt School, Film, and Film Theory; Man Animal Cinema; and Form and Experience: Film and the Melodramatic. Additionally, I teach upper-level language courses, including Introduction to German Literature.