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  • The Nazi Worker: On the Culture of Work and the End of Class. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023 (forthcoming).
  • The Proletarian Dream: Socialism, Culture, and Emotion. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017 380 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-055086-3 (cloth) Paperback edition in 2018. Recipient of the2016-17 MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures and the 2019 FRIAS Alumni Book Prize Link
  • Screen Nazis: Cinema, History, and Democracy. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. Shortlisted for Willy Haas Award. Link
  • Topographies of Class: Urban Architecture and Mass Utopia in Weimar Berlin. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008. 324 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0472050383 (paperback). Link
  • German National Cinema. Expanded and revised edition. London: Routledge, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0415420983 (paperback). First published by Routledge in 2002. Translated into Japanese in 2010 by Choeisha Tokyo. Translated into German as Film in Deutschland: Geschichte und Geschichten ab 1895. Reinbek: Rowohlt (rowohlts deutsche enzyklopädie), 2004. ISBN-13: 978-3499556630 (paperback). Link
  • Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001. 272 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0292734586 (paperback). Link
  • The Cinema’s Third Machine: German Writings on Film 1907-1933. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. ISBN-13: 978-0803223653 (hardcover). Winner of 1994 German Studies Association/DAAD Book Prize. Link
  • Passions and Deceptions: The Early Films of Ernst Lubitsch. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. ISBN-13: 978-0691008783 (paperback). Link


  • Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens. Co-edited with Barbara Mennel. New York: Berghahn, 2012.  978-1-78238-665-0 (paperback) Link
  • Berlin, Divided City, 1945-89. Co-edited with Philip Broadbent. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010. 978-0-85745-802-5 (paperback) Link
  • Convergence Media History. Co-edited with Janet Staiger. London: Routledge, 2009. 978-0415996624 (paperback) Link
  • Framing the Fifties: Cinema in a Divided Germany. Co-edited with John Davidson. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1845455361 (paperback). Link

Recent Articles in Journals and Anthologies (2000 – Present)

  • Entry on “Nordamerika,” Handbuch Weimarer Republik, ed. by Maren Lickhart and Robert Krause. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2022. 8 ms. pp. (forthcoming).
  • “Ferdinand Lassalle, First Socialist Celebrity,” special issue on “The Origins of Celebrity Politics. Charismatic Leadership and Social Movements in XIXth Century Europe,” ed. by Elena Papadia and Marco Manfredi, Memoria e Ricerca, Rivista di Storia Contemporanea 29.67 (2021): 261–278.
  • “Add, Delete, Replace: The Revisionist Project of Workers’ Poetry,” Germanic Review 96.1 (2021): 67–86.
  • “Brecht and the Gestus of Socialism,” in Bertolt Brecht in Context, ed. by Stephen Brockmann, preface by Mark Ravenhill, 158­–165. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.
  • “Workers, Work, and the Thingspiel,” special issue on “Produktionswelten der Massenkultur,” ed. by Maren Möhring and Antje Dietze, Geschichte und Gesellschaft. Zeitschrift für historische Sozialwissenschaft, Jg. 46, Heft 1 (2020): 46.1: 155–178.
  • “Embodied Emotions: On the Communist Habitus of Agitprop,” in Feelings Materialized: Emotions, Bodies, and Things in Modern Germany, ed. by Derek Hillard and Heiki Lempi, 77–94. New York: Berghahn, 2020.
  •  “Communists into Nazis: The Conversion of the German Worker,” in The Wider Arc of Revolution, ed. by Choi Chatterjee, Steven G. Marks, Mary Neuburger, and Steven Sabol, 167–193. Bloomington: Slavica Press of Indiana University, 2019.
  • “Walter Felsenstein and the DEFA Opera Film,” in Reimagining DEFA: East German Cinema in National and Transnational Contexts, ed. Seán Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke, 191-209. New York: Berghahn Books, 2016.
  • “The Münchhausen Complex: From Adaptation to Intermediality,” ILCEA (Revue de l’Institut des langues et cultures d’Europe et d’Amérique 23 (July 2015): 1-13. Online
  • Public Figures, Political Symbols, Popular Stars: Actors in DEFA Cinema and Beyond,” in DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture: A Companion, ed. Marc Silberman and Henning Wrage, 197-220. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014. PDF
  • “The Lives of Objects,” in Das Leben der Anderen and Contemporary German Film, ed. Paul Cooke, 199-219. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013. PDF
  • “Politische Satire im Kalten Krieg: Der Hauptmann von Köln und Rosen für den Staatsanwalt,” in DEFA International: Grenzüberschreitende Filmbeziehungen vor und nach dem Mauerbau, ed. Michael Wedel, Talea Lambusch, and Andy Raeder, 149-63. Marbach: Schüren, 2013. PDF
  • “Weimar Film Theory,” in Weimar Critical Thought: A Contested Legacy, ed. Peter Gordon and John P. McCormick, 273-90. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.
  • “Contemporary German Film Studies in Ten Points,” German Studies Review 36.3 (2013): 643-51.
  • “German Cinema as European Cinema: Learning from Film History,” Film History 25.1-2 (2013): 110-17. PDF
  • “Film, Folk, Class: Béla Balázs on Spectatorship,” in Film—Kino—Zuschauer: Filmrezeption/Film Reception, ed. Irmbert Schenk and Margrit Tröhler, 158-71. Marburg: Schüren, 2010. PDF
  • “Political Affect in the Antifascist Films of Frank Beyer and Konrad Wolf,” in Screening War: New Perspectives on German Suffering, ed. Marc Silberman and Paul Cooke, 102-22. Rochester: Camden House, 2010.
  • “F. W. Murnau’s The Last Laugh,” in The Companion to Weimar Cinema, ed. Noah Isenberg, 115-33. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. PDF
  • “Colorful Worlds: The West German Revue Film of the 1950s,” The Cosmopolitan Screen: Germany and the Global Imaginary, 1945 to the Present, ed. Lutz Koepnick and Stephan Schindler, 58-76. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. PDF
  • “Expressionism and Film,” Companion Volume on German Expressionism, ed. Neil Donahue, 321-41. Camden House, N. J., 2005. PDF
  • “Anti-Americanism and the Cold War: On the DEFA Berlin Films,” Americanization and Anti-Americanism: The Impact of American Culture on Germany After 1945, ed. Alexander Stephan, 148-65. New York: Berghahn, 2004. PDF

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