- I am the Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to UT in 2004, I taught for sixteen years at the University of Pittsburgh. Since receiving my Dr. Phil. from the University of Hanover, I have worked primarily in two research areas, Weimar culture and German film history. More recently, my interests have turned to working-class culture and the role of emotions in mass mobilizations, including in socialism, populism, and fascism. As a cultural historian/film historian, I am most interested in the relationship between cultural practices and aesthetic sensibilities, on the one hand, and social movements and political ideologies, on the other. The key terms informing my research are mass culture, popular culture, urban culture, and working-class culture; modernism, modernity, and the historical avant-gardes; and theories of culture and politics, with a special emphasis on perspectives of class. Throughout my career, I have used interdisciplinary approaches to diverse cultural practices ranging from socialist allegory, women’s fashion, and modernist city planning to early film theory, communist agitprop, and the star phenomenon to examine the powerful role of culture in both advancing democracy and establishing systems of control.
Professor and Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture
Department of Germanic Studies
Burdine 332, 1 University Station/ C 3300
The University of Texas at Austin, TX 78712-0304
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